In honor of Pi Day 2012 I've created Apple Pear Pie(s) in Cheddar Crust. Folks, meet 2 Pi R Squared!
(Recipe adapted from Cook's Illustrated)
Step 1: Pie Dough
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt
pinch to 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 1/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
16 Tbsp. unsalted butter (2 sticks) cut into pieces and chilled
1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
Put flour, sugar, salt, and cayenne in bowl of food processor. Pulse a few times to mix. Add shredded cheddar, pulse again to mix. Add chilled butter pieces, pulse about 8 times until pieces are about the size of peas. Add ice water through feed tube while pulsing, adding just enough until dough barely comes together. Remove from food processor, combine dough to make one oval, split in two equal halves, form each half into a 4-inch round, wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough rounds for at least 1 hour, up to 3 days. (To make two square pies you will need another half of this recipe.)
Roll out each round of dough into a 12-inch circle, fit one into pie (or square tart) pan, trimming as needed. Leave one circle flat, transfer to parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate both for at least half an hour.