Ahh apple pie, it’s the ideal winter comfort food in my opinion. Clearly Travis from Taxi Driver must think so too.
The Scorsese exhibition has just opened at The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) so of course I had to see it! It was absolutely amazing and if you head over to the Many Melbournes blog you can read my review!
As I was exiting the exhibition I dropped by the gift shop and spotted a book called New York cult recipes. As I was flipping through it I landed on a recipe for a classic New York apple pie. This is when I remembered that scene in Taxi Driver when Travis recalls his order at a cafe, “I had black coffee and apple pie with a slice of melted, yellow cheese. I think that was a good selection”.
I always found this a bit of an odd order but really never thought about it much… until now!
To celebrate the new Scorsese exhibition I thought I would delve a little deeper into the topic of cheese and pie and try it out for myself. So, after some research I have found that pie and cheese is actually a thing.
In fact, an anonymous user on an online forum commented, “A slice of pie without the cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.”
This cheese and pie combo is also mentioned in one of my other favourite films, Pulp Fiction. Butch’s wife talks about ordering a slice of blueberry pie with a piece of melted cheese on top of it.
Now I was seriously interested, I simply had to try it!
Classically it’s meant to be a slice of sharp cheddar that’s melted on top of the pie but I went for (vegan) brie. I think Gruyère cheese would work nicely too.
Apple Pie With Cheese Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour
- 1/2 cup vegan shortening
- 1/4 cup soy milk
Note: I don’t like adding sugar or salt to pastry but feel free to do so
- Sift flour into large bowl.
- Add the cubed, vegan shortening and mix through with your hands until it turns into crumbs.
- Add in the milk a bit at a time until the dough comes together and forms a workable ball.
- Rest dough in fridge for 30 minutes.
- When ready, dust a clean surface with flour and roll out your dough.
- Place rolled out dough over the bottom of your pie dish.
- Roll out the remaining dough to cover the top of your pie.
After making your pastry preheat your oven to 180 degrees C.
Apple Filling Ingredients
- 6-10 green cooking apples (amount depends on the size of your pie dish)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp all spice
- 1 fresh vanilla bean pod, scraped
- 3 tbsps of maple syrup or sugar
- 1 tbsp soy milk and 1 tbsp brown sugar to glaze
Note: Most people like to pre-cook their apples but I find that the apples just turn into a puree when you do this.
- Peel and core your apples before chopping them into wedges
- Place apples in a large bowl and then add the cinnamon, all spice, vanilla and maple syrup. Stir to coat all the apples
- Add apple filling to the pie.
- Cover the pie with the remaining pastry.
- Glaze the top with the soy milk and sugar.
- Cut a small slit in the middle of the pie to let some steam out.
Bake the pie for 45-1hr or until the top is golden brown.
Now, cut yourself a piece of pie and add a slice of cheese on top. Place the slice under the grill until the cheese is melted.
Although I ate my first bite of the cheese and apple pie with much trepidation it was actually delicious. The saltiness of the cheese mixes well with the sweet apples and crisp pastry. The overall flavour of the cheese is not overpowering- it simply compliments the flavour of the pie.
I would definitely recommend you give it a go. Sure, it doesn’t look OR sound good but trust me, it tastes good.
In fact I would suggest that you try incorporating the cheese into the actual pastry for an enhanced effect.