You are going to love this All American Gluten-Free Apple Pie recipe. You know, nothing says America like homemade apple pie.
Is there anything better than the smell of a fresh-baked apple pie? Talk about fabulous aromatherapy! Close your eyes for just a moment and imagine the smell of baked apples. Did you just take a deep breath and feel more relaxed? I know I did!
As wonderful as gluten-free apple pie smells and tastes, it was never a favorite of mine. I can’t tell you why. It was one of those gluten-free desserts that really was not worth eating the calories. (Know what I mean?) It’s not that I did not like apples. Because I enjoy snacking on apples, eating homemade applesauce, iced apple cookies, and Dutch apple pie. (Who can resist the awesome struesel topping?)
A few years ago, I joined my friend, and then neighbor, Linda Lee in her kitchen for an apple pie baking session. (She is so lucky to apple trees growing in her backyard.) While our husbands were out chopping fire wood together, my very talented and amazing friend and mentor shared with me the art of making the perfect apple pie. One bite and I was hooked! I have never tasted apple pie like hers! The apples are baked to perfection with just a hint of cinnamon. Although we now live in separate states, when I make apple pie I always think of Linda Lee and our fun pie making day. 🙂
Apples are available all year so you can make this gluten free pie any time. The best apples for this pie are:
Granny Smith: hail as the queen of baking apples. Tart and tangy, these apples are the star of the classic apple pie.
Honeycrisp: known for their crisp texture and sweet taste, these cream flesh-colored apples make a great pie. Consider combining them with Granny Smith apples for an amazing pie experience.
Some people prefer their apple pie with a slice of cheddar cheese next to it. I have never tried it, have you? Most restaurants serve apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, which is commonly known as apple pie à la mode. Personally, I prefer my pie plain without the à la mode. How about you?
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Tart apples, cinnamon and sugar are piled high in a buttery crust and baked until the apples are tender and the crust is a golden brown. This gluten-free dessert is always in season!
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Make pie dough and chill in refrigerator until you are ready to use.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Using your hands, mix the sugar mixture and apples together. Make sure they are thoroughly combined. Pile the apples in pastry-lined glass pie plate, leaving a space around the edges to bottom of crust. The apples will look like a mountain.
- Combine the beaten egg with a little water and brush all around the outer and inner edge of the bottom crust. This will help to seal the top and bottom crusts. Immediately cover the pie with the top crust, seal and crimp with a fork. Brush the outside and top of crust with remaining egg mixture. Sprinkle the top with sparkling white sugar. Cut six vents (about two inches in length) in the side of the mountain of apples.
- Bake for 30 minutes, then cover pie edge with a 3-inch strip of aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning. Continue baking for an additional 30 minutes or so. The pie is done when the juice begins to bubble through the slits in the crust.
It is important to put the top crust on immediately after piling apples into bottom crust. Work quickly to prevent the sugar and water from the apples from going to the bottom and the crust becoming soggy.
Use sugar crystals that do not melt when baking.
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Hands down, this is the best gluten-free apple pie I have ever had. Leave me a comment to let me know how you and your family liked it.
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