Cheddar Apple Pie

David Burke Kitchen


For Grandma Young's Vodka Soda Pie Crust

  • 1 Pound  cold butter
  • 1 3/4 Cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup  chilled vodka
  • 1/2 Cup  soda water
  • 1/8 Cup  sugar
  •  Pinch of  salt

For the apple filling

  • 12  Granny Smith apples, cored, quartered, and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  •   Zest and juice from 2 lemons
  • sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 Cup  dark brown sugar
  •  Pinch of  salt
  • 3 Ounces  bourbon
  • 1/4 Cup  flour
  • 2 Ounces  aged Cheddar cheese

This is, hands down, the best apple pie recipe ever. I know it doesn't seem like it makes sense at first glance, but I promise you you'll never want to enjoy an apple pie without Cheddar cheese again. 


For Grandma Young's Vodka Soda Pie Crust

Cut the butter into ¼ inch cubes. With your fingers, blend the butter into the flour, sugar, and salt until it becmoes pea-sized granules. Mix in the vodka and soda water. Divide the dough into two disks and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until ready to use. 

For the apple filling

Toss the apples in the zest and juice. In a large sauce pan, cook the butter until brown and nutty. Add the apples and stir. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until the apples are al dente. Don’t over cook. Pour filling onto sheet pan and let cool to at least room temperature

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

Roll out one disk of dough into a 16 inch circle that is ¼ inch thick. Line a deep-fluted-removable bottom tart pan with dough. Trim the top so that the dough is flush. Fill with the apples. Roll the second dish of dough to a 14 inch by 20 inch rectangle and cut into 1 inch strips to make a lattice on the top of the pie. Bake 1 hour. Remove the pie from the oven and grate 2 ounces of aged Cheddar cheese with a microplane over the top. Bake for 10 minutes more to brown the cheese.


Calories per serving:

1,103 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Vegetarian, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 577g 888%
  • Carbs 770g 257%
  • Saturated 361g 1,803%
  • Fiber 66g 264%
  • Trans 23g
  • Sugars 488g
  • Monounsaturated 148g
  • Polyunsaturated 23g
  • Protein 56g 111%
  • Cholesterol 1,519mg 506%
  • Sodium 1,152mg 48%
  • Calcium 948mg 95%
  • Magnesium 219mg 55%
  • Potassium 3,409mg 97%
  • Iron 16mg 91%
  • Zinc 5mg 36%
  • Phosphorus 979mg 140%
  • Vitamin A 4,899µg 544%
  • Vitamin C 61mg 102%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 150%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 124%
  • Niacin (B3) 17mg 83%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 55%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 519µg 130%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 28%
  • Vitamin D 11µg 3%
  • Vitamin E 21mg 103%
  • Vitamin K 114µg 143%
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