Saturday, October 23, 2010

Gluten Free Caramel Apple Pie

Back in the day, I used to bake a lot of pies. A LOT. Hundreds per day. Of course, they were frozen at the bakery I worked at, so we egg-washed and sugared the top and then baked until golden brown. I never really liked pie then though. I enjoyed pecan pie and pie crust but I was never big on fruit fillings.

A couple of years ago, I wanted some apple pie and found a really well-reviewed recipe on All Recipes. I picked up some Pillsbury rollout pie crust dough which was fairly new to us and went for it. It was unbelievable. Probably because it was more of a caramel version than cinnamon and nutmeg and if you've read any of my other posts, you know I love caramel.

The recipe is fairly simple to change over, but I had to make some pie dough.
Thankfully, I found Donna Jo's Dream Pastry from Bette Hagman online.
You can find it by a quick search but I find that a few of them either omit the water or have very little or just have the wrong ingredients.

I do not use shortening or butter substitutes because well, butter's better and I can't do soy without a lot of pain. You could also use 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup butter flavoured shortening.

Gluten Free Pie Pastry

 Adapted from Donna Jo's Dream Pastry which lacks the sweet rice flour  and Donna Jo's Dream Pastry from here.
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1 rounded tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • dash sugar optional
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg cold
  • 1 Tbsp. GF vinegar
  • 2 - 4 Tbsp cold water

 sweet rice flour for rolling

Blend together the flours, xanthan gum, salt, and sugar. Cut in the butter in small dabs until you have pieces the size of lima beans (not cornmeal).

Beat the egg using a fork; add the vinegar and ice water. Stir into the flour mixture, forming a ball. You may knead this a bit, since rice flour crusts can stand handling. Refrigerate the dough for an hour or more to chill.

Divide dough and roll out on a sweet rice-floured board (or on floured plastic wrap, for easier handling). Place in a pie tin. If using plastic wrap, remove it to the pie tin and invert the dough into the pan. Shape before removing the plastic. Bake as directed for the filling used.

For a baked crust, prick the pastry with a fork on sides and bottom. Bake the crust in a pre-heated 450 oven for 10 - 12 minutes, or until slightly browned. Cool before filling. Makes enough pastry for a 2-crust 9" pie plus 1 pie shell.

Well, now that that is over with.
Let's make pie!
Caramel Apple Pie

 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie- unbaked
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons gluten free flour mix
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 Golden Delicious and 3 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced and placed in separate bowl

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

Place the bottom crust in your pan.

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in gluten free flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.

Pour half of caramel mixture over apples and toss gently. Return caramel to stove.
 Fill pie crust with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work of crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.

Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven on a cookie sheet to catch any drips. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.
So it's not a perfect lattice but it was getting a wee bit warm. This is before I added the last half of the caramel

Mid way through baking. Definitely need a tray underneath.

Mmmm pie. I may or may not have pulled off pieces of crust to munch on.

Just as good as my old version

This post is linked to Gluten Free Wednesdays at The Gluten Free Homemaker and also to A Gluten-Free Holiday, hosted by Amy of Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free with this week's event Thanksgiving Favorites being hosted by Shirley of Gluten-Free Easily.

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  1. Wow! What a work of art! Your hard labor paid off nicely!

  2. Thanks! It tasted wonderful. Next time, I might skip the lattice and do some cut-outs.
    The pastry was so nice to roll out and bake the scraps to eat. Always my favourite part of pie baking!

  3. Waw!! What an amazing & perfect creation!! this pie looks amazing & must taste wonderful too!


  4. That is one gorgeous pie. I'm with you on the real butter. Soy doesn't like me and I don't like all the substitutes. All these pies from Linda's Gluten-Free Wednesdays are putting me in the mood to bake.

  5. Wow, Kathleen! No soy for me either and I do better with the quality or organic butter. I am just imagining how delicious this pie is, Kathleen. Total yum. My favorite photo here is the one with the profile of the "bumpy" top. I would have eaten a few of those pieces, too. ;-) Thanks so much for sharing this recipe as a Thanksgiving favorite for our Gluten-Free Holiday event!


  6. Wow this looks great! I've made a gluten-free pie crust or two, but never one that I could actually manage to make a lattice crust with. Will have to try.

  7. If you do, you might want to put the pastry back in the fridge after you slice it so it can re-firm up before you start lattice-ing it.

  8. We can't do soy either. This looks great!