Leatherstocking Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese

By Marge Perry & David Bonom
“A pie without the cheese is like a kiss without the squeeze”—or so the saying goes in the Leatherstocking district of New York state. This region, named for deerskin pants worn by early settlers, was made famous by James Fennimore Cooper’s The Last of The Mohicans (which was one of his Leatherstocking Tales).
  • Cuisine: American
  • Course: Dessert


  • All Purpose Flour
  • Cider vinegar
  • Cold unsalted butter
  • cold vegetable shortening
  • Crust:
  • Egg
  • extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • Filling:
  • golden delicious apples
  • Granny smith apples
  • Ground cinnamon
  • ground nutmeg
  • Ice Water
  • Salt
  • sugar
  • Vanilla Extract


  1. 'Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Cut the butter and shortening in with a pastry blender or two forks until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the vinegar and water, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring with a fork until a loose dough forms. Knead the dough in the bowl 1-2 times until it just comes together
  2. 'Preheat the oven to 400°
  3. 'On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough from center to edge into a 13-inch circle. Gently lift the dough and place in prepared pan. Roll the remaining portion of dough from center to edge into a 12-inch circle.'
  4. 'To make the filling: Combine the apples in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour sugar mixture and vanilla extract over the apples
  5. 'Bake in the center of the oven for 40 minutes