Capri’s Comfort Kitchen: Apple Cheddar Pie with Saltine Cracker Crust
2 cups saltine crackers (about 1 sleeve)
½ cup granulated sugar, divided
¾ cup melted unsalted butter, divided
2 tablespoons tap water
2 pounds peeled apples, sliced into thin wedges
1/4 cup dark brown sugar 11/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 slices sharp Cheddar cheese
1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2 Place saltines in a food processor and run until crackers are crumbled with an even consistency.
3 Add ¼ cup sugar to crumbs and pulse to combine.
4 Pour melted butter and water one tablespoon at a time into the top of food processor while still running. Combine slowly in processor until crumb mixture has a dough texture (approximately ½ cup or 6 tablespoons melted butter).
5 Pour crust mixture into pie plate and press mixture into plate to create an even crust.
6 Prick the crust evenly with a fork.
7 Place pie plate with crust in the refrigerator to chill.
FILLING AND PIE
1 In a large bowl, combine apples, remaining ¼ cup sugar, brown sugar, spices, and corn-starch, ensuring the dry ingredients evenly coat the apples.
2 Remove crust from refrigerator.
3 Arrange apples in crust in a swirl or rose design if desired.
4 Brush apples with remaining melted butter (approximately 2 tablespoons).
5 Place pie in oven and bake for 45 minutes until browned and evenly cooked.
6 Let cool for approximately 45 minutes, then serve warm, topping each slice with a slice of sharp cheddar that should melt onto the filling for a finishing touch.