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Saturday, July 4, 2009
Celebrate the 4th with Gluten-Free Apple Pie
Apple pie seems about as all-American as you can get. I recently received a recipe in my inbox from The Sensitive Baker for a "crowd pleasing apple pie" which is completely gluten-free. In honor of the 4th of July, I thought I would share this recipe with my readers. Apples, sugar, and cinnamon make this sound like one delicious dish. Baking apple pies on America's birthday just seems right. Enjoy!

Sandee's Simple Apple "Brown Betty"

1 cup flour blend
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine (such as Earth Balance)
optional: 1/4 cup quinoa flakes or gf-oatmeal

5 large apples
1/2 tsp cinnamon
optional: 2 Tbsp corn starch
optional: 2 Tbsp apricot jam

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine flour; brown sugar; and oatmeal or quinoa if using. (They add nice texture.) Add margarine to bowl, and "cut" into dry ingredients using either two knives, the tines of a fork, or a tool called a "pastry blender" you can pick up at the grocery store. Basically, you're cutting the margarine into smaller and smaller pieces while mashing it into the flour and sugar so that you end up with a crumbly mix that they say looks like peas. I say "they" must eat small peas! It's actually more like lentils. Set that bowl aside.

Next, peel your apples, then slice or dice as you prefer. [Larger pieces will be firmer after cooking, smaller pieces will be more saucy, but it's all good.] [Except the core - throw away the core.]

Put apple pieces into an 8" square baking dish or 8" pie dish. Toss the apples with the cinnamon, then the corn starch if using. (It absorbs the liquid from the apples as they cook and makes almost a like gravy in the fruit - yum! Other starches work too if you're sensitive but corn is the strongest and cheapest.) The optional apricot jam is heavenly - it adds depth to the flavor and a hint of sweetness.

Sprinkle the crumb mixture on top of the apples. Don't squish the crumbs too much - you want to keep them a little loose. You can pat them down into place, just use a light hand. :)

Place on middle rack of pre-heated oven for about one hour. Which should be just long enough to run out for that vanilla ice cream! Enjoy!

Be Well!
Sandee Hier
The Sensitive Baker
Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Bakery

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