Friday, July 12, 2013

THE BEST gluten-free apple pie

It's FRIDAY!! I'm so excited the weekend is here.  Yesterday was my boyfriend's birthday and his favorite birthday treat is apple pie.  He always wants to make sure I can eat what we cook as well so I set out on a journey to find pie crust that doesn't crumble and a filling that well, is filling and satisfying! So I combine 2 recipes, and as always, add my own touch.  I'm sure you'll be just as happy with the result as we were!  The best part about the crust is that you don't have to freeze it, it's ready when you are!

Start with the crust: [makes 2 crusts]

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 Large egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp very cold water
  • Pre-heat oven to 350*
  • Combine the flour and salt in a medium bowl.  Cut in the butter with a fork until the mixture becomes crumbly.  
  • In a separate bowl, beat egg and apple cider vinegar
  • Add the egg & vinegar mixture
  • Use dough hook on your mixture and mix ingredients

  • Add the very cold water and mix together
  • Use your hands and form into a ball

  • Next, take the ball and place on wax paper
  • Split the ball in half [you can freeze or use the other half]
  • Take a second piece of wax paper and place over top of the dough and flatten
  • Roll out the dough to approx. 1/4-1/8 inch thick [I use a wine bottle]

  • Once ready, take off the first sheet of wax paper, place your pie dish over top, flip, and set your dough
  • Take excess dough off edges and use a spoon to flatten dough against the dish, crimp if you wish

Ok so your crust is ready!  Time for the pie!

Apple Pie Filling:

  • 3 Granny Smith Apples
  • 2 Braebrun Apples
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Gluten-Free flour
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Cut up apples so that they are 1/4 in. thick
  • Add the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter
  • Mix all ingredients together [I do this best by hand]

  • Add the mixture to the crust

Now, you are ready for the topping!

  • Just under 1 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 dashes nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 TBSP chilled butter, cut into pieces
  • Blend the flour, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together in a bowl
  • Add the butter and cut in to the dry ingredients using a fork and hands

  • Add the topping to the top of the pie
  • Bake at 350* for 40 min - placing foil over the top to prevent burning
  • After 40 min, take off foil, bake approx. another 5 min, do not let the crust brown.
make a cup of coffee, and ENJOY! :)

love, mel

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