Desserts, Pies, Recipes

Mystery Dish: Maple Apple Pie-Crisp with Cheddar Crust & Bacon Crumb Topping

This month I’m participating in a new, fun challenge with twelve new and old blogging friends [well, this month it’s eleven but still!] It’s called Mystery Dish, and the premise is this: each month, one blogger will create a mystery box of ingredients. Ingredients can be themed related to a cuisine, a meal, a season, a specific ingredient, or anything else creative. Then, the other eleven bloggers have to create a recipe using some of the ingredients. SO FUN!

mystery dish collage

This month, the ingredients we had to work with included the following:

Cheddar Cheese
Maple Syrup
Peanut Butter

Thanks to Dani and JT at See Hubby Cook for brainstorming this challenge and the first month’s ingredients!

Of course, I like to make things difficult for myself and even though I knew this post would be live right around the date of our move [yes, we are in NASHVILLE now!], I wanted to include as many ingredients as possible, and managed to make a delicious dessert utilizing all ingredients but one. Peanut butter sadly was excluded, but all the others make an appearance in this fabulous pie-crisp!

Maple Apple Pie-Crisp with Cheddar Crust & Bacon Crumb Topping |

What is a pie-crisp, you may ask? Well, it’s something that was intended to be a pie but fell apart and as such, resembled more of a crisp than anything. No matter what you call it, Maple Apple Pie-Crisp with Cheddar Crust & Bacon Crumb Topping should be called delicious because that is exactly what it is.

Maple Apple Pie-Crisp with Cheddar Crust & Bacon Crumb Topping |

Let’s go through this fabulous dessert, shall we? It starts with a crust studded with shredded cheddar cheese. For appearance, I’d recommend using white cheddar, but since I wanted to use things up before the move, I just used a basic sharp cheddar. The filling is apples [Gala + Macintosh, but tart would be good next time too] sweetened with maple syrup and warm cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and vanilla. Simple, perfect, wonderful. I think I’m in love with maple apples now, and might try that in my next batch of applesauce.

Maple Apple Pie-Crisp with Cheddar Crust & Bacon Crumb Topping |

Lastly, this pie-crisp is finished off with an oat-based crumb topping. Ben’s addition to the recipe [I say addition, but he actually made the crust himself while I lay miserable on the couch with a cold–go Ben!] was to cook up some bacon rubbed with brown sugar which he then crumbled on the pie as it cooled. The salty-sweet bacon was the perfect, surprising finishing effect to each bite of warm apple pie-crisp. This is a dessert I can’t wait to make again and again!

Be sure to check out the other recipes for this month’s Mystery Dish at the links below. Have a great Monday!

Nora @ Buttercream Fanatic: Soft Baked Maple Bacon Cookies
Allie @ Baking a Moment: Apple Cinnamon Pancake Cupcakes
Dani and JT @ See Hubby Cook: Apple Bacon Cheddar Soup
Kat @ I Want Crazy: Brie, Apple, Bacon Grilled Cheese  
Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats: Apple Cinnamon Crepes with Maple Mascarpone Topping
Amanda @ The Taste Tester: A Fall Inspired Apple Chicken Salad
Sherri @ The Well Floured Kitchen: Cheesy Bacon Monkey Bread
Christine @ I Dig Pinterest: Peanut Butter Apple Crisp
Meriem @ Culinary Couture: Apple Peanut Butter Muffins with Cinnamon Glaze
Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy: Apple Muffins with Nut Crumble Topping

two years ago… Butternut Squash Apple Soup
three years ago… A Different Kind of Meatloaf

Maple Apple Pie-Crisp with Cheddar Crust & Bacon Crumb Topping [crust from Martha Stewart]
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for Cheddar Pie Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

for Maple Apple Pie Filling

  • 8 cups apples, thinly sliced [peel or not–your choice]
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice

for Bacon Crumb Topping

  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar + more for bacon
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 3 tablespoons butter


First, prepare pie crust. Pulse together flour and salt in a food processor several times, then gradually add butter, pulsing in between additions. Pour in water tablespoon by tablespoon until mixture begins to hold together–it shouldn’t be wet/sticky. Add cheese, pulse until combined. Add more water if dough is dry, then turn out onto clean countertop. Shape into a disk, then wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least an hour or better, overnight.

When ready to make pie, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove pie dough from refrigerator and rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.

To make filling, toss together apple slices, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Set aside.

Roll out pie crust on floured surface, then press into a 10 inch pie pan. Fill with maple apple filling, then prepare crumb topping.

Toss together oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. Cut in butter with pastry blender, then sprinkle evenly on top of pie.

Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

After temperature is reduced, place bacon on a foil-lined baking sheet and rub with brown sugar. Place in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until fully cooked. Remove and degrease, then crumbled over pie before serving.

Time: 3 hours or more [including time to chill dough].

Yield: 8 servings.


21 thoughts on “Mystery Dish: Maple Apple Pie-Crisp with Cheddar Crust & Bacon Crumb Topping”

  1. May I just say, I’m REALLY GLAD this fell apart into a crisp? It looks waaay too good to be a pie. Like, awesome rustic, “I just came back from chopping trees and being all pioneer-ish, now get in my belly” good. Just saying. Pie is too fancy for lumberjacks 😉 And too stuffy for including all but one (!!!!!!) ingredient. You go, girl! Way to kick this challenge’s butt!
    Now go enjoy Nashville. No need to unpack yet when there are sites to see.


  2. I didn’t know you were moving – I bet I missed that in a previous post! Girl, I’m so proud of you on this creation b/c it’s just brilliant. I love cheese and apples together, and the bacon seems like such a nice compliment to everything. Just yum. You rocked this challenge!


  3. What a creative way to use the ingredients! I love what you came up with, a perfect fall dessert, and the sweet and salty combo sounds delicious. Congrats on the move, hope it went well! I would love to get involved in the Mystery Dish group, do you have any info on that? It sounds like so much fun!


  4. Just made the Maple Apple Pie Crisp and the flavor is absolutely wonderful. I would have never thought to put bacon on the top of a crisp, kudos to you for thinking outside the box! The next time I make this recipe though I will add a little bit of flour to the apples, there was a little more liquid than I like.


    1. woohoo, thanks for your kind words and for commenting to let me know you tried it! funny that yours had more liquid than you prefer–mine had less. i think next time i might try cooking the filling on the stove first before baking it to see how that affects things. it’s fun to experiment! 🙂


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