Guyanese Cheese Pie

Guyanese Cheese Pie

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 70 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 100 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
284 Calories
24g Fat
5g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 284
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 352mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 12g
Calcium 324mg 25%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Due to the British colonization of the Caribbean, many traditional Guyanese dishes were altered by the British.

In Guyana, they make a cheese pie, which is more like a mini quiche. The ingredients are simple but the taste is superior. Make these and serve them up for breakfast, brunch, lunch (with a salad) or for afternoon tea or even a snack.

Ingredients

  • For the Pastry Dough:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces cold vegetable shortening, cubed
  • 6 ounces cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3-4 tablespoons iced water
  • For the Filling:
  • 4 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Steps to Make It

For the Pastry:

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    pastry ingredients

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  2. Add flour, sugar, and salt to the bowl of a food processor and pulse to mix.

    Add flour, sugar, and salt to the bowl of a food processor

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  3. Add shortening and butter to the flour and mix until the mixture is coarse with pebbles of butter and shortening.

    Add shortening and butter to the flour and mix

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  4. Add water and pulse until the dough starts to come together. Do not over mix.

    dough in a food processor

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  5. Transfer the mixture to a clean work surface and bring the dough together in one mass. Pat ​into shape and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before use.

    dough ball, roll of plastic wrap

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  6. When you're ready to make the pies, remove dough from refrigerator and rest for 5 minutes before starting to work with it.

    dough ball on top of plastic wrap

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For the Filling:

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    cheese pie filling

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  2. Add eggs, milk, salt and pepper to a large measuring cup (for easy pouring) and mix together.

    Add eggs, milk, salt and pepper to a large measuring cup

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For Assembling

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly brush 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with oil and set aside.

    Lightly brush 2 muffin pans with oil

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  2. Flour work surface and rolling in and roll dough into 1/4 inch thickness. Using a 4-inch cutter or anything such as a bowl etc with that has a round 4-inch diameter, and cut as many circles as you can.

    cut round pieces out of rolled out dough

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  3. Arrange each piece of cut pastry into muffin pan. Gather up the scraps of the pastry into one mass and roll and cut again until the pans are filled. Refrigerate the pans for 10 minutes.

    Arrange each piece of cut pastry into muffin pan

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  4. Remove the chilled pans and fill each muffin cup with cheese.

    fill each muffin cup with cheese

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  5. Whisk the egg mixture as it might have settled and then pour a little of the custard into each muffin cup, just shy of the top of the pastry.

    Whisk the egg mixture as it might have settled and then pour a little of the custard into each muffin cup

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  6. Bake pies in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and delicately browned. Cool pies in pan on wire rack for 5 to 6 minutes then remove pies and continue to cool on wire racks. Serve warm or at room temperature.

    Guyanese Cheese Pie

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