Whenever I bake or serve an apple pie and my grandmother is around, she always tries to convince me to put cheese on top of it. Cheese – especially cheddar cheese – and apples are a great combination general, so even though it might sound like an odd pairing as far as pie goes, the salty flavor of the cheese goes pretty well with the sweet apple filling of the pie.
That being said, I always just gave my grandmother a slice of cheese to eat alongside her pie and kept mine cheese-free. I simply like pie crust too much to adulterate it by letting cheddar cheese melt all over the top. I’m open to using the cheddar cheese and apple match in other foods, so I opted to include a cheddar cheese layer on top of this apple pie-inspired coffee cake.
The coffee cake has a base of vanilla cake that is topped off with some apples cooked into a kind of homemade apple pie filling. The cake base is tender and has a good flavor, with an almost pound cake-like density that supports all the layers of topping extremely well. The apples are not fully cooked before they are added as a layer to the cake, but getting them started on the stove ensures that they will be fully cooked and tender when the cake is done. It also gave me the opportunity to add some cornstarch to the apples and thicken up their natural juices, preventing them from making the base of the cake soggy. The coffee cake is finished with a crumbly oat topping and, of course, cheddar cheese. The cheese should be added just before the cake comes out of the oven so it has just enough time to melt onto the streusel topping and hold everything together.
If you want to leave the cheese off of this coffee cake, go right ahead. The cheese is a nice change and does go well with apples, but I have to admit that I just can’t help liking the cake (not to mention my apple pie) just as much without the cheese on top. If you leave the topping off, consider serving the cake with a little whipped cream or ice cream to finish it off.
Apple Pie Coffee Cake with Cheddar Cheese
1 1/2 – 2 cups apple slices (3-4 apples)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp butter
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp water
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
In a large frying pan or saucepan, combine apple slices with sugar and butter (I cut each apple into 12-15 slices). Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until apples are slightly softened and juices are bubbly. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Pour into apple mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened and no longer runny, about 1 minute.. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla extract. Stirring by hand or using a mixer on low speed, stir in half of the flour mixture, followed by the milk and the rest of the flour mixture. Mix only until no streaks of flour remain.
Spread batter into prepared pan. Top with cooled apple mixture, laying slices into an even layer.
In a small bowl, make the topping. Cream together butter and sugar. Blend in oats, flour and spices. Sprinkle topping mixture evenly on top of the cake.
Bake for 50-55 minutes, until a tester inserted into the cake comes out without any cake crumbs attached (it may still be a bit sticky from the apple mixture). 5 minutes before the cake is done, sprinkle cheddar cheese in an even layer on top and return cake to oven to allow it to finish baking and give the cheese time to melt.
Cool completely in pan on a wire rack before slicing.
Note: Here’s the coffee cake without the cheese topping, if you want to go that route with the recipe:
MonaDecember 6, 2008
This looks amazing! I still think I would prefer it without the cheese, but who knows, maybe I will do half and half, and see which one DH prefers. 🙂
SarahDecember 6, 2008
I think I’m going to make this soon, although I will leave off the cheese. My boyfriend hates it in all forms, and I tend to avoid it myself. However, the cake itself sounds divine! I’m sure it’ll be a hit.
KevinDecember 6, 2008
That melted cheese topping looks so good on that coffee cake!
Yarn PrincessDecember 6, 2008
Apple Pie without cheese is like a hug without a squeeze…
Oh, how many times I heard that from my aunt growing up. 🙂 She would love this!
StefDecember 7, 2008
Neat idea! I’ve seen cheese on pies, but never on a cake before!
pennyDecember 8, 2008
For an apple pie with cheese, could you not just make a cheese pastry for the crust? You’d get a fairly subtle cheese flavour that way!
TW JacksonDecember 9, 2008
I like to find stuff like this on the internet to surprise my girlfriend with. Fed it to her and she was quite thankful 🙂
lashanwaDecember 10, 2008
this food look good and now im hungey
Carole R.December 22, 2008
I made this cake this afternoon. The only change I made was to chop the apples (not to fine).
The kitchen smells of spple. So nice.
James StruttonMay 25, 2009
You make me mouth watering 😛
this looks like a perfect meal for me!! hehe
I will make it right now!
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I think the cake without cheese looks much better. I would like to try it with tea 🙂
Gareth JamesonJune 12, 2009
Looks like this one gives the word ‘cheesecake’ a whole new meaning 😀
Andy @ ChartsJune 14, 2009
The apple pie with cheese cake recipe is really good. I would like to git it a try.
Toronto SPAJune 15, 2009
You did not mention the apple pie coffee cake is for how many people ? Can you please mention that as well in the recipe ?
Gareth JamesonJune 17, 2009
Looks like a nice recipe. Gives the word ‘cheesecake’ a new meaning doesn’t it? 😀
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or an apple pie with cheese, could you not just make a cheese pastry for the crust? Youâ€™d get a fairly subtle cheese flavour that way!
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I will leave off the cheese. My boyfriend hates it in all forms, and I tend to avoid it myself. However, the cake itself sounds divine! Iâ€™m sure itâ€™ll be a hit.
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could you not just make a cheese pastry for the crust? Can you please mention that as well in the recipe ?
JosephSeptember 24, 2009
I just made this recipe, with the cheese. (You cowards!) It’s terrific. I should note that although it makes 12 servings, this will actually only last about 5 minutes in your kitchen. It’s just too good.
cigsSeptember 28, 2009
My mom used to make these…they are the best! Nicely done!
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For an apple pie with cheese you can get a fairly subtle cheese flavour that way!