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How to Make Prize Winning Gluten Free Apple Pie

How to Make Prize Winning Gluten Free Apple Pie

Updated September 24, 2018.

Celebrate American heritage with luscious Gluten Free Apple Pie!

Since the 1630's, this scrumptious colonial repast remains the nation's favorite pie.

The first pilgrims brought apples to the new world and dished up apple pie as a breakfast food.

Later, early colonials served apple pie as a side dish with their main course for dinner and supper.

Today, we enjoy delectable apple pie for dessert anytime of the year and on special occasions.

It is the signature pastry symbolizing liberty on the Fourth of July, America's Independence Day holiday, and holds its own beside pumpkin, mincemeat, and pecan pies at Thanksgiving holiday feasts in North America.


Apples!  Apples!  Apples!

Apples!  Apples!  Apples!

Making perfect apple pie is all about apple balance:

Firmness + softness = appealing apple texture

Tartness + sweetness = full bodied apple flavor

Best Sweet Apples for Pies

Firm-textured sweet apples retain their shape when baked, making them perfect for creating structure in pies.

They impart background flavor nuances along with the sweetness expected in excellent apple pies.

Ambrosia

Baldwin

Cortland

Crispin (Mutsu)

Gala

Golden Delicious

Golden Russet

Jonagold

Liberty

Macoun

Pink Lady

Rome Beauty

Best Tart Apples for Pies

When baked, soft-textured tart apples bind together firm apple slices with wonderful sauciness gelled to perfection.

They are responsible for the irresistible apple pie aroma when combined with favorite apple pie spices and the mouthwatering crisp apple taste prize pies are known for.

Belle de Boskoop

Black Twig

Bramley’s Seedling

Cox’s Orange Pippin

Empire

Granny Smith 

Gravenstein

IdaRed

Jonathan 

King Lucious

McIntosh

Newton Pippin

Northern Spy

Prima

Spartan


Secret to Prize-winning Gluten Free Apple Pies

Secret to Prize-winning Gluten Free Apple Pies

Choosing a combination of organic apple varieties, firm-textured sweet apples and soft-textured tart apples, is the secret to baking blue ribbon gluten free apple pies.

Grandma's favorite pie apple combination passed down through our family's generations is an equal mix of Granny Smith and Gravenstein apples.

Suggested below are some wonderful combinations of apple varieties to get your creative juices rolling:

Ambrosia + Belle de Boskoop

Cortland + Bramley’s Seedling

Crispin/Mutsu + Rome Beauty

Golden Delicious + Newton Pippin

Golden Russet + Spartan

Jonagold + Jonathan

Liberty + Empire

Macoun + Cox’s Orange Pippin

Pink Lady + Northern Spy


Apple Pie Making Tips

To prepare washed apples for pie, peel, quarter and remove the core from each apple.  Then, slice each quarter into thin slices, about 1/4 inches thick.

For a gluten free apple pie with more color, flavor, vitamins and minerals, leave the apples unpeeled.

Sometimes apples can be dry; add more water (or apple juice) to the gluten free apple pie filling before spreading into a pastry-lined pie plate.

Adjust the amount of sugar according to the sweetness or tartness of the apples used.

Top warm or cold apple pie with chilled heavy cream, sweetened whipped cream or homemade ice cream.





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How to Make Prize Winning Gluten Free Apple Pie


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How to Make Prize Winning Gluten Free Apple Pie


Grandma's apple pie recipe is superb! Now, you can enjoy it, gluten free!

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:
- 3 tart apples and 3 sweet apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin (about 2 pounds or 6 medium apples)
- 1/2 cup granulated white sugar (add 1/4 cup more sugar depending on tartness of apples and personal preference)
- 3 tablespoons precooked granulated tapioca
- 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- dash teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup water (or apple juice)

Instructions:
1. Make pastry for a two crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
2. Line bottom of a 9 inch pie plate with one pie crust; and then set aside.
3. Preheat oven to 375°F.
4. In a large mixing bowl, toss apples with sugar, tapioca, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until well coated.
5. Sprinkle on the lemon juice and light toss apple mixture.
6. Evenly spread gluten free apple pie filling in pastry lined pie plate.
7. Dot top of filling with butter.
8. Pour water over top of filling.
9. Cover with top pie crust.
10. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until top crust is turning golden brown and apples are cooked through, fork tender.
11. Remove from oven.
12. Cool on wire rack.
13. Serve warm or cold.

Tags:
Gluten-free, Corn-free, Egg-free, Nut-free, Soy-free, Vegetarian




Variations

Apple Blackberry Pie

  1. Make pastry for a two crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Prepare gluten free apple pie filling as directed in key recipe, except use 2 tart apples and 3 sweet apples, and omit granulated white sugar, lemon juice and water.
  3. Add 3/4 cup brown sugar (add 1/4 cup more brown sugar depending on tartness of apples and personal preference). 
  4. Stir in 2 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened blackberries.
  5. Evenly spread apple blackberry pie filling in pastry lined pie plate.
  6. Dot top of filling with butter.
  7. Cover with top pie crust.
  8. Glaze top of pie crust by brushing with beaten whole egg.
  9. Bake and cool as directed in key recipe.
  10. Serve chilled.


Apple Blueberry Pie

  1. Make pastry for a two crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Prepare gluten free apple pie filling as directed in key recipe, except use 2 tart apples and 3 sweet apples, and omit water.
  3. Stir in 2 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened blueberries.
  4. Evenly spread apple blackberry pie filling in pastry lined pie plate.
  5. Dot top of filling with butter.
  6. Cover with top pie crust.
  7. Garnish top crust with a sprinkling of granulated white sugar.
  8. Bake and cool as directed in key recipe.
  9. Serve chilled.


Apple Crostata

  1. Make pastry for a one crust pie and roll out as directed in Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe.
  2. Place crust on ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Prepare gluten free apple pie filling as directed in key recipe, except omit water.
  4. Evenly spread filling to within 2 inches of pastry edge.
  5. Fold pastry edge over top of filling and ruffle decoratively.
  6. Glaze pastry edge by brushing with beaten whole egg.
  7. Garnish edge with a sprinkling of granulated white sugar.
  8. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until crust is turning golden brown and apples are cooked through, fork tender.
  9. Remove from oven.
  10. Cool on wire rack.
  11. Serve warm or cold.


Apple Pecan Streusel Pie

  1. Make pastry for a one crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Omit granulated white sugar.
  3. Prepare gluten free apple pie filling as directed in key recipe, except add 1/2 cup brown sugar and stir in 1/2 cup chopped pecans (add 1/4 cup more brown sugar depending on tartness of apples and personal preference).
  4. Evenly spread gluten-free apple pie filling in pastry lined pie plate.
  5. Dot top of filling with butter.
  6. Pour water over top of filling.
  7. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, 1 tablespoon Whole Grain Gluten Free Flour Blend, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1/4 cup chopped pecans.
  8. Sprinkle top of filling with streusel.
  9. Bake and cool pie as directed in key recipe.
  10. Serve warm with chilled light cream poured over the top.


Apple Raspberry Pie

  1. Make pastry for a two crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Prepare gluten free apple pie filling as directed in key recipe, except omit lemon juice and water and increase sugar to 3/4 cup (add 1/4 cup more sugar depending on tartness of apples and personal preference).
  3. Stir in 1 cup fresh or frozen unsweetened raspberries and 1 tablespoon grated fresh orange peel or 1 teaspoon grated dried orange peel.
  4. Evenly spread apple raspberry pie filling in pastry lined pie plate.
  5. Dot top of filling with butter.
  6. Cover with top pie crust.
  7. Garnish top crust with a sprinkling of granulated white sugar.
  8. Bake and cool as directed in key recipe.
  9. Serve chilled.



Apple Walnut Pie

  1. Make pastry for a two crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Omit granulated white sugar.
  3. Prepare gluten free apple pie filling as directed in key recipe, except add 1/2 cup brown sugar (add 1/4 cup more brown sugar depending on tartness of apples and personal preference).
  4. Evenly spread gluten-free apple pie filling in pastry lined pie plate.
  5. Dot top of filling with butter.
  6. Pour water over top of filling.
  7. Sprinkle top of filling with 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.
  8. Top with a lattice work pie crust.
  9. Glaze top of pie crust by brushing with beaten whole egg.
  10. Bake and cool pie as directed in key recipe.
  11. Serve warm with chilled cream poured over the top, or serve cold topped with sweetened whipped cream.


Cider Apple Pie

  1. Make pastry for a two crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Prepare gluten free apple pie filling as directed in key recipe, except omit lemon juice and water; and stir in 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.
  3. Dot top of filling with butter.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup apple cider over top of filling.
  5. Top with a lattice work pie crust.
  6. Glaze top of pie crust by brushing with beaten whole egg.
  7. Bake and cool pie as directed in key recipe.


Country Apple Pie

  1. Make pastry for a one crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Evenly spread sliced apples in pastry lined pie plate.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, prepare rest of pie filling ingredients indicated, except omit lemon juice and water; and stir in 1 cup chilled heavy cream.
  4. Pour cream filling mixture over top of apple slices.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, combine 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  6. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over top of pie filling.
  7. Bake and cool as directed in key recipe.
  8. Serve with slices of Edam cheese on the side.


Cranberry Apple Pie

  1. Make pastry for a two crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Prepare gluten free apple pie filling as directed in key recipe, except use 2 tart apples and 3 sweet apples, and omit lemon juice and water.
  3. Stir in 1 1/2 cups Orange Cranberry Sauce recipe.
  4. Evenly spread cranberry apple pie filling in pastry lined pie plate.
  5. Dot top of filling with butter.
  6. Top with a lattice work pie crust.
  7. Glaze top of pie crust by brushing with beaten whole egg.
  8. Bake and cool pie as directed in key recipe.


Deep Dish Apple Pie

  1. Make pastry for a one crust pie rolled out to fit a 13 x 9 x 2 inch, 3 quart rectangular baking dish (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Double gluten-free apple pie filling recipe.
  3. Evenly spread filling in ungreased dish. 
  4. Dot top of filling with butter.
  5. Pour water over top of filling.
  6. Cover with top pie crust.
  7. Glaze top of pie crust by brushing with milk.
  8. Garnish top of pie crust with a sprinkling of granulated white sugar.
  9. Bake and cool just until set as directed in key recipe.
  10. Serve warm topped with sweetened whipped cream.


Dutch Apple Pie

  1. Make pastry for a two crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Prepare gluten free apple pie filling as directed in key recipe, except omit water.
  3. Evenly spread gluten-free apple pie filling in pastry lined pie plate.
  4. Dot top of filling with butter.
  5. Cover with top pie crust.
  6. Make extra, large slashes through top crust.
  7. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until top crust is just starting to turn golden brown and apples are cooked through, fork tender.
  8. Remove pie from oven and pour 1/2 cup heavy cream through slashes in top crust.
  9. Return pie to oven and bake 5 minutes.
  10. Remove pie from oven and cool on wire rack just until set.
  11. Serve warm.


French Apple Pie

  1. Make pastry for a one crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Prepare gluten free apple pie filling as directed in key recipe.
  3. Evenly spread gluten-free apple pie filling in pastry lined pie plate.
  4. Dot top of filling with butter.
  5. Pour water over top of filling.
  6. In a medium mixing bowl, combine 1 cup White Gluten Free Flour Blend and 1/2 cup brown sugar.
  7. Cut in 1/2 cup very cold butter until crumbs are granular, like very coarse meal.
  8. Sprinkle crumb mixture over top of filling.
  9. Bake as directed in key recipe.
  10. Remove pie from oven and cool on wire rack just until set.
  11. Serve warm topped with chilled heavy cream or with homemade ice cream.


Gluten Free Apple Pie Squares

  1. Make pastry for a two crust pie rolled out to fit a 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking sheet (baker's half sheet) (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Double gluten-free apple pie filling recipe.
  3. Evenly spread filling in pastry baking sheet. 
  4. Dot top of filling with butter.
  5. Pour water over top of filling.
  6. Bake as directed in key recipe.
  7. Cool completely on wire rack.
  8. Drizzle White Cookie Icing over top of pie and let set for 30 minutes.
  9. To serve, cut into squares.


Gluten Free Bourbon Apple Pie

  1. Make pastry for a one crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Prepare gluten free apple pie filling as directed in key recipe, except omit water.
  3. Evenly spread gluten-free apple pie filling in pastry lined pie plate.
  4. Dot top of filling with butter.
  5. Pour 1/4 cup gluten-free bourbon over top of filling.
  6. In a medium mixing bowl, combine 1 cup White Gluten Free Flour Blend and 1/2 cup brown sugar.
  7. Cut in 1/2 cup very cold butter until crumbs are granular, like very coarse meal.
  8. Sprinkle crumb mixture over top of filling.
  9. Bake as directed in key recipe.
  10. Cool on wire rack, and then chill.
  11. In a small mixing bowl add 1 cup corn-free powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons gluten-free bourbon whiskey and 1 tablespoon heavy cream (or milk substitute), and stir until smooth.
  12. Garnish top of chilled pie with a drizzle of bourbon icing.


Green Apple Pie

  1. Make pastry for a two crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Prepare gluten free apple pie filling as directed in key recipe, except use tart green apples and increase sugar to 3/4 cup (add 1/4 cup more sugar depending on tartness of apples and personal preference).
  3. Evenly spread gluten-free apple pie filling in pastry lined pie plate.
  4. Dot top of filling with butter.
  5. Pour water over top of filling.
  6. Cover with top pie crust.
  7. Bake and cool pie as directed in key recipe.


Iced Apple Raisin Pie

  1. Make pastry for a two crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Omit granulated white sugar.
  3. Prepare gluten free apple pie filling as directed in key recipe, except add 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup raisins (add 1/4 cup more brown sugar depending on tartness of apples and personal preference).
  4. Evenly spread filling in selected dish.
  5. Dot top of filling with butter.
  6. Pour water over top of filling.
  7. Cover with top pie crust.
  8. Bake as directed in key recipe.
  9. Remove pie from oven and immediately garish with White Cookie Icing


Maple Apple Pie

  1. Make pastry for a two crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Omit granulated white sugar and water.
  3. Prepare gluten free apple pie filling as directed in key recipe, except add 1/2 cup maple syrup (add 1/4 cup more maple syrup depending on tartness of apples and personal preference).
  4. Evenly spread gluten-free apple pie filling in pastry lined pie plate.
  5. Dot top of filling with butter.
  6. Cover with top pie crust.
  7. Glaze top of pie crust by brushing with maple syrup.
  8. Bake and cool pie as directed in key recipe.
  9. Serve chilled with warmed maple syrup on the side.


Metric Measurements

Note:  use volume-based imperial/metric measuring spoons and dry measuring cups marked in milliliters; see Kitchen Equipment and Tools.

Ingredients

  • 3 tart apples and 3 sweet apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin (about 908 grams or 6 medium apples)
  • 125 ml granulated white sugar (add 60 ml more sugar depending on tartness of apples and personal preference)
  • 45 ml precooked granulated tapioca
  • 6.25 ml ground cinnamon
  • 2.5 ml ground nutmeg
  • dash salt
  • 5 ml lemon juice
  • 22.5 ml tablespoon butter
  • 60 ml water (or apple juice)

Instructions

  1. Make pastry for a two crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Line bottom of a 9 inch pie plate with one pie crust; and then set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 190°C, Gas Mark 5.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, toss apples with sugar, tapioca, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until well coated.
  5. Sprinkle on the lemon juice and light toss apple mixture.
  6. Evenly spread gluten-free apple pie filling in pastry lined pie plate.
  7. Dot top of filling with butter.
  8. Pour water over top of filling.
  9. Cover with top pie crust.
  10. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until top crust is turning golden brown and apples are cooked through, fork tender.
  11. Remove from oven.
  12. Cool on wire rack.
  13. Serve warm or cold.


Old Fashioned Apple Turnovers



  1. Make pastry for a two crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Roll pastry out into 8 individual rounds, 6 inches in diameter and place on parchment lined cookie sheets.
  3. For filling, omit lemon juice and water, add 1 teaspoon Homemade Vanilla Extract, and prepare as directed in key recipe.
  4. Evenly divide filling among pastry circles, spooning filling onto half of circle.
  5. Fold pastry over top of filling and seal edges with a table fork.
  6. Prick tops with table fork.
  7. Glaze tops of turnovers by brushing with milk.
  8. In a small mixing bowl, combine 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 cup granulated white sugar.
  9. Garnish tops with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar mixture.
  10. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until top crust is turning golden brown and apples are cooked through, fork tender.
  11. Remove from oven and cool until turnovers are set before carefully removing from baking sheets.
  12. Garnish tops with White Cookie Icing.
  13. Serve warm or cold.


Picnic Apple Pie

  1. Make pastry for a one crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Prepare gluten free apple pie filling as directed in key recipe.
  3. Evenly spread gluten-free apple pie filling in pastry lined pie plate.
  4. Dot top of filling with butter.
  5. Pour water over top of filling.
  6. In a medium mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup White Gluten Free Flour Blend and 1/4 cup granulated white sugar.
  7. Cut in 4 tablespoons very cold butter until crumbs are granular, like very coarse meal.
  8. Sprinkle crumb mixture over top of filling.
  9. Bake as directed in key recipe.
  10. Remove pie from oven and immediately sprinkle 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese over top of hot pie; cheese will melt from the heat of the pie.


Sour Cream Apple Pie

  1. Make pastry for a two crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Prepare gluten free apple pie filling as directed in key recipe, except omit lemon juice and water; and stir in 1/4 cup chilled sour cream.
  3. Evenly spread gluten-free apple pie filling in pastry lined pie plate.
  4. Dot top of filling with butter.
  5. Pour water over top of filling.
  6. Cover with top pie crust.
  7. Bake and cool as directed in key recipe.


Southern Apple Praline Pie

  1. Make pastry for a two crust pie (see Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe).
  2. Prepare pie filling as directed in Apple Pecan Streusel recipe variation.
  3. Evenly spread apple pecan pie filling in pastry lined pie plate.
  4. Dot top of filling with butter.
  5. Pour water over top of filling.
  6. Cover with top pie crust.
  7. Bake as directed in key recipe.
  8. In a small sauce pan over low heat, combine 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, 1/3 cup pecan halves and 2 tablespoons light cream; stir constantly until sugar is melted and syrup forms.
  9. Garnish top of hot pie with praline syrup.
  10. Serve warm.



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