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American Classics: Gouda and Tart Apple Pie

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Once upon a time there was a show. It was called Pushing Daisies and it was genius. Perhaps too genius for network television. The show's main protagonist, Ned, was a pie maker, and pies made regular appearances in the show. And when you're watching a show about pie, what could be better than making and eating that pie at home? The most memorable pie from the series is undoubtedly the Pear Gruyère Pie and the recipe I concocted in tribute to it has become sort of internet famous.

But there was another pie in that episode that piqued my interest, a tart apple pie with Monastery Gouda baked into the crust. The nuttiness of the Gouda pairs well with the tartness of Granny Smith apples. If you love cheddar and apple pie, this is another killer fruit and cheese combo.

About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered literary agent by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie, a Midtown Lunch contributor, and co-author of New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks. You can follow her on Twitter at @BlondieBrownie.

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