Tuesday, April 28

P is for Peggy

We have all had "Auntie's" who are no relation. I've had many - Auntie Enid, Auntie Doris, Auntie Nancy to name but a few. Friends Dorothy and Keith had an "Aunt" Peggy. Peggy died a few months ago and when Dorothy and Keith were sorting/clearing the house they kindly gave me some of Peggy's baking stuff including this lovely Royal Worcester Pie dish. They also gave me lots of baking tins which I have put to good use. Peggy was a WI member and avid baker, whilst I have never been much of a baker I must admit I have discovered the joy of baking cakes and I am sure part of it is down to wanting to ensure that Peggy's baking legacy lives on.

Keith and Dorothy were very kind and donated lots of Peggy's baking items to the village hall. To keep the memory of Peggy alive each month when we have our coffee morning/lunch we will have a "Peggy's Pie Special" the coming May event will feature an Apple Pie.

For inspiration the girls on the library van found this book for me so I am currently reading through and getting some ideas.

There is a very interesting recipe - with cheese pastry!

This is what Angela Boggiano says....

Apple pie without the cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.
This is an old Saxon proverb and they certainly knew what they were talking about. This pure apple pie is complemented by the best ever pastry. The old combination of cheese and apple makes absolute sense and, believe me, is wonderful. Use Cox's or Braeburn apples for flavor and because they hold their shape and a good cooking apple to make the delicious sauce.
Apple Pie with Cheese Pastry
for the pastry
  • 2-2/3 cups/350g all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup/150g superfine sugar
  • 1-1/4 sticks/150g butter, cubed
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup/50g finely grated mature Cheddar cheese
for the filling
  • 4 large cooking apples, peeled, cored, and chopped (about 2lb/900g)
  • 1/2lb/2S0g Cox's or Braeburn apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 2/3 cup/150g superfine sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
Place the flour in a large mixing bowl, make a well in the center and tip in the sugar. Add the butter and use your fingertips to rub it into the flour and sugar until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the egg yolks and cheese, adding a little water if the mixture seems too dry. Use your hands to form the mixture into a smooth dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.
Place the apples in a saucepan with the sugar, lemon juice, and 2 tbsp water and cook for about 15 minutes until softened. Leave to cool.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place a sturdy baking sheet in the oven to heat.
Rollout two-thirds of the pastry to 1/4in/5mm thick to fit a 9in/23cm pie pan or plate. Fill with the cooled apple mixture. Rollout the remaining pastry to make the lid, brush the edges of the pastry shell with water and top with the lid, pressing down to seal. Trim with a knife to make a neat edge and crimp the edges with your fingertips, if you like, make a hole in the top of the pastry and dust with superfine sugar. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden. Leave to stand for about 15 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving with cream.
Watch this space!
P is for Peggy - ABC Wednesday.


  1. save me a slice as it sounds so good!! Love Aunt Peggy's pie plate by the way.

  2. I like apple pie cheese or no cheese. But I detest when the baker uses a heavy hand with the cinnamon
    covering up the lovely taste of apple.
    Of fruit pies my favorite is rhubarb.

    cheers, parsnip

  3. I had several unofficial Aunties, as did my son. I think it's a mark of respect that instead of using their Christian name, a child could call an adult "Auntie".
    In some cultures any "older" person is addressed as Auntie or Uncle. When we were in Thailand, the younger tour guide called me "Auntie".
    I don't think I'm ready to makes pies yet, but I'm trying "tray bakes" with varied success :-)

  4. I used to make a similar pie years ago but really had to search for a strong enough cheese to make a difference to the taste. Sometimes a crumbly farmhouse Lancashire has a stronger taste I think.

  5. Well ! I can make a pretty mean apple pie but never with cheese,
    Sounds sensible enough as I quite often will eat some cheese and apple
    for a snack... I will try it Denise... just love auntie Peggy's baking stuff,,, what would
    we do without our 'Aunties', I had several !

  6. Now I so want a piece pie with cheese or without cheese!!

  7. I have some very special Aunties and they are fantastic pie makers.

  8. Mummy had a frend hoo passt away an Mummy never got her appol pie ressipy. Dis is wun of the ferst thing she thort wen she died. She thort, oh deer, shuddent hav throt dat. But then larfft cos her frend wud hav larfft too! She had brillyent pastry. It meltid in the mowth. I wonder if cheez was the speshow ingreedient. Mummy puts it in mince pies' pastry, to maybe.... will hav to try. Thanks!

  9. I can almost smell it coming through my screen....♪

  10. Cheese and apple - oh yes. Yummy. Pie Minister is another good pie book too.


Thank you for your comments, always nice to know somebody has taken the time to let me know what they think.