This homemade gluten-free apple crumb pie recipe is the most scrumptious and crowd-pleasing dessert! An easy, buttery tender pie crust, lots of juicy, cinnamon- spiced apples and the most amazing crumb topping... perfect anytime but especially during apple season and around the holidays.
Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Pie
Easy recipe for a scrumptious Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Pie!
The crumb topping is the same recipe as our Blueberry Crumble. This is the best crumb topping and it is perfect on top of this pie!
All you do is mix the crumb ingredients together with a pastry cutter or even your hands until they are very well combined and can be formed into large crumble pieces.
Apple Pie Filling
The filling is simple and it is always tastes so good!
All you do is mix your sliced apples with some sugar, cinnamon and a dash or two of nutmeg, dash of salt and gluten-free all purpose flour (we use GFJules ) which helps thicken the liquid from the apples when they bake.
Of note, if you are comparing the Gluten-Free Apple Pie and Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Pie recipes, you will note that they are nearly identical but we mix less sugar with the apples in the crumb pie because the crumb topping provides additional sweetness.
Tips for Choosing and Slicing Apples
Best apples for baking: For baking a pie, you want to choose apples that are crisper and firmer, and hold their shape when they bake.
My family always recommends tarter apples when baking as they bake up deliciously with the cinnamon and sugar.
On the tarter side, we like a Granny Smith* or Cortland. In fact Granny Smith are the only ones my mother will use! If you are lucky enough to have a farmer’s market near you, they are often great at telling you which apples are great for baking.
On the sweeter side, Honey Crisp, Braeburn or Pink Lady will hold their shape well.
And you could to use a combination of apples!
You want to avoid apples like Red Delicious, Macintosh or Gala which soften quickly when they bake and will not give you that ideal apple pie texture.
Slicing apples: The key to a great pie is slicing the apples in similar thickness so that they bake at a similar rate. We aim to slice about 1/4 inch thick.
If you have some that are super thick and some that are super thin, you will end up with a pie that has some apples too firm and other mushy.
Step by Step How To Make the Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Pie
The pie comes together in 4 simple steps:
Make the crumb topping, cover with plastic wrap and set aside. (you cover it so it doesn’t dry out)
Assemble the apple crumb pie: Pour the prepared apples into the prepared pie crust (you can see we love to overfill the pie with apples so that it is a really full pie — remember the apples will shrink some when they bake), and top with the crumb topping!
Baking Tip: At the 400 degrees that the pie is baked, the crumble top can burn easily, so I recommend baking for 15 minutes, then covering loosely with foil while it continues to bake.
Let the pie sit for 2-3 hours before slicing in if you want the pie to hold its form well, though it will taste great anyway!
This homemade gluten-free apple crumb pie is the most scrumptious and crowd-pleasing dessert! An easy, buttery pie crust, lots of juicy, cinnamon apples and the most amazing crumb topping... perfect anytime but especially during apple season and around the holidays.Prep time include making the pie crust.
1/2cupbutter or dairy -free butter, room temperature
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Make the crumb topping: In a medium bowl, add the crumb topping ingredients and using a pastry cutter or your hands, mix until very well combined and you can form large crumble pieces. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
Prepare the apple filling: In a large mixing bowl combine sliced apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
Prepare the bottom pie crust and transfer to a 9 inch fluted pie pan, either fluting or crimping the edges. Set aside.
Add prepared apples into the prepared pie crust. Adjust so that they are spread evenly as needed.
With your hands "drop" pieces of crumble over the apples until it's fully covered. Bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes in total: bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes, then when the crumble is baked and golden, cover loosely with foil and continue baking. In my oven, I need to cover with foil at 15-20 minutes.
Remove from oven and let rest for 2-3 hours before serving.
Store at room temperature unsliced for up to a day. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Enjoy!
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