Gluten Free One Crust Savory Apple Pie Recipe
Warm apple pie served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is a family favorite in my house. Fall is the perfect time of the year to make an apple pie when apples are at their best. This recipe for a one crust apple pie can be easily made with a regular pie crust instead of gluten free. Enjoy the savory flavors of cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup mixed with your favorite baking apple.
- 6 medium peeled and sliced apples, a good sweet and tart baking apple
- 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 9 inch gluten free pie crust, Gluten Free Pantry mix or Gillian's Foods Gluten Free Frozen Pie Crust
How to Make a Gluten Free Apple Pie
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Unless using a frozen pie crust, roll out pie dough onto floured surface using King Arthur's Gluten Free All Purpose Four. Place into nine inch pie plate and crimp edges for decoration.
- Slice apples into 1/4 inch slices. Place in large bowl.
- Toss the apples with maple syrup and vanilla extract. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle it over the apples and mix until all pieces are coated with the sugar mixture.
- Pour into prepared pie shell. Cover edges of pie crust with foil to prevent burning.
- Bake about 40 minutes. Remove the foil for the last 10 minutes. Allow to slightly cool and serve a la mode with vanilla ice cream.
The Best Apples for an Apple Pie
To me, the flavor of baked apples with cinnamon and nutmeg is fantastic no matter what kind of apple is use. However, certain kinds of apples will definitely give better results in an apple pie. The best apples to use in an apple pie are varieties that are sweet, but slightly tart. The following types of apples will yield good results in a pie:
- Golden Delicious
- Granny Smith
If I am having company, my favorite combination to use in a pie are granny smith and fuji apples. However, I tend to use whatever apples I have in my refrigerator that need to be used and I never have left over pie in my house!
Gluten Free Vanilla Extract vs. Pure Vanilla Extract
It seems that many foods are labeled "gluten free" when they are naturally gluten free anyway. Pure vanilla extract is one of these products. According to the celiac.com, pure vanilla extract is gluten free. My favorite is Trader Joe's Pure Vanilla Flavor Alcohol Free. Some vanilla extracts have alcohol in them, but since the distillation process kills the gluten proteins in the alcohol, they too are deemed safe. Just be sure to stay away from imitation vanilla--that stuff will kill any recipe for sure.
Gluten Free Pie Crusts
The first thing to remember about a gluten free pie crust is that it is going to taste different. When you are used to eating a homemade flaky pie crust, gluten free just isn't the same texture or taste. To me, it has a grainier texture and a dryer taste. It makes me thirsty! Keeping that in mind, the gluten free products keep getting better and better. The gluten free pie crusts referenced in this recipe do not ruin this apple pie one bit!