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Apple Pie With Port With Cheddar Cheese Crust

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Servings: 7
Categories: Apples / Desserts / Pies & Pastries

    Los Angeles Times
1 1/2  cups  Sugar
1/4  cup  Cornstarch
2/3  cup  Apple juice
2/3  cup  Port wine
2  tablespoons  Butter/Margarine
1    Lemon peel, grated
8  medium  Cooking apples, peeled and
    (abt 7 - 8 cups)
2  cups  Flour, sifted
1  teaspoon  Salt
2/3  cup  Shortening
3/4  cup  Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
5 1/2  tablespoons  Water

For the filling, combine sugar and cornstarch in lg saucepan. Stir in apple juice, port, butter and lemon peel. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils. Add apples and cook gently until barely tender. To make Cheddar Cheese crust, mix flour, salt and shortening with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in cheese. Add water gradually and mix lightly with fork to form dough. Divide pastry in halves and roll out one half to fit 9-in. pie pan. Roll second half of pastry and cut into 10 (1/2 in.) strips. Spoon filling into pastry-lined pan. Weave pastry strips across filling to make lattice top. Bake at 375 deg. 30 to 45 min. or until done. Serve warm.

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