Larry's Gluten-Free Apple Pie

Larry cooked this tasty dessert at this year’s Poor Seminarian’s Cook-off. It is a traditional, delicious, all-American apple pie (just without the gluten).


Pastry Crust:

1.5 cups gluten-free flour (Bob’s Red Mills All Purpose Gluten Free Flour, Avail at Kroger & online)

1/3 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon xanthan gum (Bob’s Red Mills)

8 tablespoons butter (cut into pieces)

1 large egg

1 tablespoon gluten-free vanilla extract

Apple Filling:

7 medium apples, peeled, cored and very thinly sliced. Use mildly sweet to tart very crisp apple

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

Crumble Topping:

3/4 cup light brown sugar

3/4 cup gluten-free flour

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/3 cup butter (chilled and cut into small pieces)


Pastry Crust Instructions: 

  • In a mixing bowl stir together the flour, xanthan gum and cornstarch.
  • Then add the sugar, butter, egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Remove dough from bowl and knead and fold on a surface dusted with GF flour until well well combined.
  • Divide into two pieces and wrap in plastic wrap, place one in the refrigerator to chill and place the other in the freezer for later use.
  • –Go ahead and make Apple Filling while the Pastry Crust is chilling.
  • After approx 20 minutes, remove dough from refrigerator and roll into a ball.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out on a lightly GF floured surface until it is the thickness of a normal pie crust.
  • Place crust in a 9 inch glass pie dish that is lightly sprayed with non stick spray.
  • Using a fork poke a bunch of holes in the sides and bottom of the crust.

Apple Filling Instructions:

  • In a large bowl mix apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  • Set aside and let the juices mix.

Crumble Topping Instructions:

  • In small bowl mix together brown sugar, GF flour and nutmeg.
  • Next mix in the chilled butter and cut it in with a fork or other tool until you have a course crumbly mixture.

Assembling your Pie:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Spoon apples into your pie crust, mounding in the middle and pouring the sugary juices over top.
  • Sprinkle your Crumble Topping all over the top (use it all).
  • Use tin foil to cover edges of crust as it will burn easily.
  • Bake for approximately 35 minutes, topping will be lightly browned and filling will be bubbly.
  • Let cool for at least an hour before serving.

Additional comments: 

As someone with Celiac disease, I haven’t had apple pie in years, so when I discovered this delightful gluten free recipe I jumped on the opportunity. The directions are simple and straightforward, as is the ingredient list (although you may have to ask customer service where to find “xanthan gum” at Publix).