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At this time of the year, the apple orchards are often filled with fruit, and people start thinking about apple pies. Here’s my own version, which combines the flavor of apples with that of cheddar cheese. Yummy!

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Ocean’s Cheesy Apple Pie

For the crust:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter-flavored shortening (Crisco)
1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese (may use mild or sharp as you desire)
3 – 4 tablespoons of water

In a mixing bowl, stir together flour and salt. Cut in the shortening to the size of small peas. Stir in cheese. Sprinkle one tablespoon of the water over part of the mixture, and toss with a fork. Continue to sprinkle in water, a tablespoon at a time, and toss until all is well moistened. Form into a ball

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to form a 12 inch circle. Ease into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim to 1/2 inch beyond edge of plate, fold under pastry. Finish the edge as desired. Do not prick pastry.

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For the filling:

5 cups thinly sliced, peeled cooking apples
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a bowl, combine apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Transfer to crust.

For the topping

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese (may use mild or sharp as you desire)

In a bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in the butter until mixture is crumbly. Gently stir in the cheddar cheese.

Sprinkle the cheddar topping on top of the filling. Cover edge of pie with foil to prevent burning, and bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes, then remove the foil and make for 20 more minutes, until top is golden and fruit is tender. Makes 8 servings of delicious pie!

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