Apple Cheese Crisp

When I do not feel like making a pie crust or I am a little short on time I will make this apple crisp with a cheese crust.

Apple Cheese Crisp

  • 5 medium-sized apples of your choice (or enough apples to fit the bottom of a 9-inch square baking dish with room for the topping)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest, grated
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider or you can use water
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Pre-heat the oven to 325°F.    Peel, core, and slice the apples into a buttered 9-inch square baking dish.  In a bowl, combine the sugars, rind, cardamom and cinnamon.  Sprinkle over the apples and mix together with your hands.  Sprinkle the cider and lemon juice all over the apples.

Topping:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup good quality Wisconsin cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cold butter

In a bowl, combine all the topping ingredients and mix with your hands to a crumbly consistency;  pat over the apples.  Make a couple of slits in the center of the dough.   Bake for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until the mixture is golden brown and bubbles up in the center.  Serve warm with cream or cold with ice cream.

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