Classic Apple Pie with Cheddar Lattice Crust

May 11, 2015 2:13:10 PM EDT

Level: Mediumapple pie

Yield: Makes 1 pie



1 recipe pastry for a 9-inch cheddar crust (ingredients listed below)

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. fine-grain sea salt

1 Tbsp.granulated sugar

pinch of cayenne pepper

1/3 cup cold Crisco shortening, cut into pieces

1 stick unsalted butter, cold cut into pieces

2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

1/4-1/2 cup ice water

4 Tbsps. unsalted butter

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

1/4 cup light brown sugar

2 tsps. ground cinnamon

pinch of salt

5 cups sliced Granny Smith apples, peeled

1 Tbsp. lemon juice



1.     First, prepare the cheddar crust by mixing flour, granulated sugar, and cayenne pepper with a whisk. Cut in the shortening and butter with a pastry cutter or two knives until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Add the cheese and mix again. Slowly add the ice water until the pastry dough comes together. Don't make it too wet.

2.    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

3.    Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saute pan big enough to hold the apples.

4.    Mix cornstarch, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Toss with apples. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes to bring out the natural juices in the apples.

5.    Add apples to melted butter in the saute pan. Add lemon juice and bring to a boil; stirring frequently. Reduce temperature and let simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened.

6.    Place the bottom crust in a 9-inch pie pan. Fill with apples, mounted slightly. Cover with a lattice work of the crust.

7.    Bake for 15 minutes in the hot oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F. Continue baking for 30-40 minutes, until apples are soft and crust is brown.


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Condorelli Italian Holiday Cakes and Treats

March 14, 2014 4:59:38 AM EDT

Condorelli Italian Holiday Cakes and Treats

When it comes to trying out news foods, it is my honest suggestion that you take advantage any opportunity that comes your way to sample new flavors. Candy is a great way to start. Every culture and region has traditional candies are pastries that you can sample without breaking the bank or going too wild. You can’t go wrong. Who doesn’t love traditional pastries? And it’s an opportunity to learn from another culture.

Pasta Cheese offers an assortment of traditional Condorelli Italian Holiday Cakes and Treats that are hard to find outside of Italy. If left to my own devices, my diet would consist of little more than marzipan fruit and chocolate covered orange peels. These Condorelli Italian Holiday Cakes and Treats are the best you could find without a passport, and they’re made with the finest ingredients and follow the strictest traditional recipes. And that is key here: there is nothing worse than trying something for the first time only to have a negative experience. That happened to me with my first cannoli. It was store bought and had been sitting under lights for hours. By the time I had it, it was soggy and stale. I didn’t have a real cannoli until I visited Little Italy in the Bronx, and I was reformed. These candies are made with the same quality in mind.

For Valentine’s Day, gift that special someone with a box of Torroncini nougats. It’s a twist on the ordinary box of chocolates and definitely much more special than something you would buy at the same place you pick up couch syrup. For a twist on the traditional chocolate and nut bar, try the Condorelli soft nougat bars with pistachios. You will never eat chocolate out of the vending machine again.

Trying out quality-made sweets is the simplest way to explore new flavors from different cultures. There is no pressure because candies are supposed to invoke pleasant feelings. Once you’ve got the candy down, you can work your way up to breakfasts from around the world, to dinner specialties. You will be eating rare delicacies in no time.

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Marabissi All Natural Holiday Panforte Fruit Cake

When you’re looking for a delectable treat that can’t be bought at your local grocer around the block you know it’s time to turn to Pasta Cheese and the wide selection of food products that they offer. From Pasta Cheese to your door, all it takes is for you to decide on how many purchases you’re going to limit yourself to… or if today is the day you splurge on your taste buds.

Marabissi All Natural Holiday Panforte Fruit Cake should be in your shopping cart at Pasta Cheese. Marabissi is made from all natural healthy ingredients that combine together with the indulgence of cocoa to create a sensational journey each time you take a bite. Marabissi All Natural Holiday Panforte Fruit Cake comes in different ounce sizes as well as flavors: do you prefer the almond, chocolate and candied fruit cake or the dates and almonds panforte? Or how about that each Marabissi All Natural Holiday Panforte Fruit Cakeis made of candied fruit that includes the likes of melon peels and orange peels and is just as equally made up of almonds, the nut that is the source of healthy and good for you fats. Each fruit cake also includes a sprinkling of just the right amount of spices to give each piece the right amount of kick that will wake you up and make you appreciate what you’re eating.

If you’re running behind on your holiday shopping, it’s not too late to choose to gift a Marabissi All Natural Holiday Panforte Fruit Cake to a family member or coworker, or to whomever is still left on your list. Receiving a Marabissi All Natural Holiday Panforte Fruit Cake as a present is something that anyone can appreciate. I mean, you’re telling me that I get a present and that I can eat it? What more can you ask for on the Holidays! Try a Marabissi All Natural Holiday Panforte Fruit Cake today and make sure that Marabissi becomes a regular part of your holidays from now on. 

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Quacquarini Soft Torrone Covered with Chocolate

March 14, 2014 4:32:01 AM EDT

Quacquarini Soft Torrone Covered with Chocolate

Out of classic holiday fare like cheesecake and eggnog, almond torrone is one of those treats that instantly remind me of the holidays. That is because almond torrone is an integral part of my holiday traditions the way fruit cake and turkey may be part of yours.

If you want to add this treat to your holiday fare this season, Pasta Cheese offers a high-end twist of the torrone candy. The Quacquarini soft torrone with pistachio offers a twist of this classic candy. Covered with milk chocolate and made with pistachio nuts instead of almonds, this is a very special way to introduce your friends to this classic taste with a twist. Your friends who are already familiar with torrone with be pleasantly surprised for the opportunity to enjoy this candy a whole different way.

Quacquarini also offers another version of soft torrone made with coffee and chocolate. Another twist on this classic candy, the coffee in this quacquarini soft torrone adds a kick of flavor to this familiar taste.
Torrone has been around for so long that it can be spelled different ways, either, turron, torrao, turon, or can be referred to a nougat. It is a very recognizable dessert all around Latin America and the Philippines and can be traced all the way back to the 16th century. I know of recipes for alcohol that include torrone. The sweetness of this candy can help mellow even they highest proof of alcohol.  

But be warned, this candy should not be enjoyed lightly. My suggestion is, for the first try, break open a batch of Quacquarini Soft Torrone Covered with Chocolate and your favorite fruity wine, and consider the many ways you can add this candy to your holiday table for your friends and family to enjoy in new and exciting ways.

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Alemagna Incarto Classic Panettone Italian Holiday Cake

After all of your gift shopping is done, ‘tis the season to start wrapping presents like it’s nobody’s business. A major part of the whole gift giving scenario is how you present the present, because we all know that judging a book by its cover comes into play once the holiday season rolls around. I’d choose the elaborately wrapped box with a bow bigger than my head over the crumpled brown paper bag that boasts a lame “Happy Holidays!” sticker any day. Note to anyone who’s in charge of wrapping presents this year: wrap like your life depends on it, because your gift giving reputation sure does!

If you want a present that is awesome in both respects then the Alemagna Incarto Classic Panettone Italian Holiday Cake should be at the top of your list. Each year Alemagna adds a new touch to how its classic holiday cake is packaged, making opening the present just as thrilling as when you see the present itself. The Alemagna Incarto Classic Panettone Italian Holiday Cake is wrapped in elegant wrapping paper and a perfectly positioned ribbon that matches the equally as tempting taste of the naturally leavened baked cake that resides beneath its wrapping. Alemgana allows you to check off both the task of buying the present as well as wrapping the present in one full swoop, guaranteeing that whoever is lucky enough to receive the Alemagna Incarto Classic Panettone Italian Holiday Cake will be jumping for joy.

When you see this exquisite cake you’ll understand what all the hype is about. The wrapping paper is covered in the characteristic colors of the Alemagna brand, resembling the cake where each bite mirrors the characteristic culinary skills of the Alermagna brand, sending you back to Italy bite after bite. The Alemagna Incarto Classic Panettone Italian Holiday Cake might just be the present that you decide to keep for yourself this year!

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