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2 Pi R Squared (Apple Pear Pies in Cheddar Crust)

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Do you like apples and pears? Do you enjoy cheese? Why not mix them together in a dessert so awesome it has its own day?

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)
 
 
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Step 1: Pie Dough

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Cheddar 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.
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imnotannie2 years ago
Wow, this pie looks mighty tasty! I bet it took forever to cut out all of those numbers! Great job!!
mistyp2 years ago
I haven't been brave enough to try cheese and apples together, despite all the evidence of how tasty it is. This may be the one to change my mind! Thanks for sharing, and good luck on the contest!
spatte38682 years ago
Very creative as usual! Tasted so good, I may try and make it myself! Good luck!
spatterson2 years ago
Love it! You get more creative each year! I'll bet this is sooo tasty too! Good luck!
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