One of the things you might miss most when you’re gluten-free is pie.
I find it pretty darn impossible to make gluten-free pie crusts that taste good and hold their shape. And, after trying several pre-made gluten-free pie crusts on the market, I’ve decided that pie, as I used to know it, is no longer on the menu.
Oh how I miss pie.
What I’ve realized is that you can still get the taste of pie without having to go through all the trouble of making a gluten-free pie crust.
Instead, you can get the same taste of pie when you make a crisp or crumble. Instead of figuring out how to make a pie crust that doesn’t fall apart and requires a lot of fussing in the kitchen, you can simply prepare the pie filling as you would with regular pie, and experiment with different toppings that give it that crust taste you desire.
After becoming a bit addicted to Pinterest, I discovered quite a few gluten free recipes to try that mimics the taste of pie. The one I tried the other day was a hit – it is an Gluten-Free Apple Pie Crumble that I found at Gluten Free with LB. (You should check out the blog – beautiful photography!)
I want to give a bit of feedback on this recipe.
First off, the filling is delicious! I ate it up and felt like I was eating apple pie filling – yum! That said, this recipe needs more apple-to-dough ratio. If you make it, add more apples!
Also, if I make this again (and I will, it’s tasty!), I also might recommend cutting the dough recipe in half and not having a bottom crust at all, just a crumble on top. I feel like you’ll get the essence of apple pie without all the crust (that you don’t need to eat anyway). I will experiment with that idea another day.
If you’re looking for a delicious gluten-free apple pie-like dessert for Thanksgiving or anytime this Fall, go ahead, give this gluten-free apple pie crumble bars recipe a try! You’ll be happy you did.
Gluten-Free Apple Pie Crumble Bars
- 2/3 cup honey
- 3/4 cup softened butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 3/4 cups brown rice flour
- 3/4 cup tapioca starch
- 3/4 tsp. xanthan gum
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 cup gluten free oats
- 5 apples (I recommend a few more if you like lots of apples!) - peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces (I used a mixture of different apples)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 2 Tbsp, lemon juice (about juice of 1 lemon)
- 1/4 cup tapioca starch
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
First make the crumb mixture. In an electric mixer, combine 3/4 cup softened butter with honey. Beat until mixed well.
Add egg and mix for another 30 seconds.
In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients (brown rice flour, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, baking powder, salt and oats). Mix together.
Slowly add dry ingredients to wet mixture until well combined.
Grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Add 2/3 of crumb mixture. Reserve 1/3 for the topping. You'll want to press the mixture evenly onto the bottom. Because the mixture is sticky, you will want to use wet hands when pressing dough on bottom of pan.
Next make the apple fie filling. Start by melting 2 tablespoons butter in a pan over medium high heat. Add apples and syrup. Cook for 5-7 minute until apples soften.
Add lemon juice, tapioca starch and cinnamon. Cook for additional 3-4 minutes.
Pour apple pie filling over dough. Top with remaining 1/3 crumb dough.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until crumbs on top begin to slightly brown.
Allow to cool before cutting into squares or serving.
If only making topping, cut this topping recipe in half - you won't have bars but you'll have a wonderful apple pie crisp.