Dear Dessert Oasis,
When it comes to the custom of serving cheese with pie…1) Where do you stand? 2) What would you recommend paired with a super brown sugary/cinnamonny apple pie? Cheddar thinks it can pull it off, but I’m also getting some pull from the soft cheese camp…
Pie-Curious in Chicago
Oh yes….. taking dairy-atop-pie one step further than the traditional ice cream or whipped cream “norms.” Would you believe that I, myself, as cheese-loving and open-desserted as I am did not venture into cheese/pie territory until a mere 12 years ago??!?! I remember it well….. one fateful day at the Big E, after eating a giant cream puff, a loaded Maine potato, chowda in a bread bowl, pickle from a barrel, mini donuts, huge turkey leg, and MAPLE COTTON CANDY, did I come face to face with cheddar on apple for the first time. And it was so good. And it was so New Englandy.
So, 1) I am pro. Not all of the time, mind you, but I will not cold-shoulder the appropriate cheese splayed on top of a consenting pie. It hits all the right salty/sweet buttons. Basically, the salty sharpness of the cheese allows you to go back for more sweet and therefore eat more pie without feeling too sick about it. WIN WIN WIN. Sharp cheddar on tart apple – YES. Maybe a crumbly blue sprinkled on a caramelized pear pie – oooohhh, or even a chocolate chess or french silk matched up with a goat cheese component – mmmmhmmmm……Cheese on top, cheese baked into the crust, cheese as a chaser on the side…..so many cheesy ways!
2) What to pair with a super sweetie spicy apple pie? Why not try a little tasting to get you better acquainted with your newfound piestyle? I’d suggest a slice of sharp white cheddar, maybe a chunk of stilton, a wedge of brie, and maybe some manchego to round it out.
Let me know which way your fork swings after your piescapade, and happy desserting!
Yours in all things pie,
PS: cheese is not a dessert on its own. Cheese is its own course.
photo cred from the Big E by @when_i_dip bc we all know that while I’m open to cheese on pie, I’m not open to vanilla ice cream on anything.
Have a dessert question? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – from funnel cakes to fondue fountains, if it has sugar, I’ve probably eaten it.