Apple Berry Crumb Pie

Apple pie is a classic.  So is cherry pie.  This filling blend combines the best of both with a touch of other berries like blueberries, raspberries and black berries. I cut the bigger fruits in half especially the cherries.  You can do that even if they are frozen; they cut easily.

The pie has a touch of spices to spark the flavors. I gave the apple top billing but the berries are really the star here; the filling is deeply colored by them and the flavor overrides the sweet apples somewhat but I think they go together really nicely. I like to buy frozen fruit when it goes on sale and it is money in the freezer; a super choice for a bubbly cobbler or a pie for company.

This lovely dessert goes together pretty quickly; as fast as you can make the crust and peel and chop up 4 apples. The crust holds up well overnight and was still crisp the second day; I never get tired of this flavorful and flakey gf crust. It is wonderful.  See my credits at the bottom for my source. I never use any other crusts except for the occasional gingersnap crust or shortbread crust.

Apple Berry Crumb Pie

Crust:

1 c plus 2 tbsp brown rice flour mix (at bottom of recipe)

2 tbsp sweet rice flour

1 Tbsp. granulated sugar

½ tsp xanthan gum

¼ tsp salt

6 Tbsp. cold butter cut into 6 chunks

1 lg egg

2 tsp fresh orange or lemon juice

Crust directions: Spray a nine inch pie pan with cooking spray, dust with white rice flour. Set aside.

Mix dry ingredients in bowl of stand electric mixer.  Add butter and mix until crumbly and resembling coarse meal.  Add egg and juice.  Mix until it comes together into big chunks.  Shape into a ball with your hands. Put it on a crust sized piece of wax paper (14 x 14 inches more or less), flatten the crust ball some; put on top of it another piece of wax paper and chill it all in your fridge 15-20 minutes.

Roll out the flattened ball into a pie crust in a pie bag or between the two sheets of wax paper, try to get the thickness even, no thick middle! Peel off one side of paper and place in the pie pan, be sure to center it.  Remove other slice of wax paper.  Crimp edges all around.

Filling:

4 medium-large sized apples, use a cooking variety; red rome,     jonathan, empire, golden delicious. I used red rome.

1 bag of berry cherry frozen fruit; 12 ounce size; defrost on counter top for at least 30 minutes

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 Tbsp. minute tapioca

1 Tbsp. white or brown rice flour

1/2 tsp. cinnamon, heaping

¼ heaping tsp. ground ginger

Peel apples, quarter, cut out core, slice into 1/3 inch thick slices. I cut most of them in half too for smaller chunks. Mix in a large bowl with the semi-defrosted fruit and the lemon juice. Mix the dry filling ingredients and pour over the fruit; mix with a big spoon; let stand 5 minutes before pouring in crust.

Spread evening in pie crust.

Crumb topping

Put all four ingredients in the same mixing bowl you made the bottom crust in and mix well with mixer paddle until crumbs form.

¾ c brown rice flour mix

½ c sugar

½ tsp xanthan gum

1/3 c cold butter cut into six chunks

Sprinkle the top of the pie with crumb mix; use as much as you like.  I like about 2/3 of the mixture.  Up to your personal taste…  Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 50-55 minutes until bubbly and the crust is light brown.  I have a bottom heat oven so my crust gets crisp but if you have issues with soggy bottom crusts; prebake your crust for 10 minutes at 375 degrees; then fill and bake immediately.

Cool the pie at least 2 to 4 hours before serving at room temperature.

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I had a terrible time getting a half decent picture of a slice of this pie.  Raggedy edges, berry stained crust back, crevices in the crumb crust.  You name it…I had it.  At least it tasted great!

Brown Rice Flour Mix (same as King Arthur flour mix)
2 c brown rice flour

2/3 c potato starch

1/3 c tapioca flour

The crust and crumbs are from Annalise Roberts’ great cookbook: Gluten-Free Baking Classics. My filling is my own recipe.

Cherry Berry Pie in July

Just cause it is hot doesn’t mean I can’t bake a pie.  Ran my exhaust fan to carry off some of the excess heat.  Worth it for the yummy pie to share with friends and family. I was out of town and missed sour cherry season in late June. Bummer.  So…cherry pie; want it but didn’t want canned pie filling.  No sour cherries in the farm stand, no frozen ones in my grocery store.  What to do.  I decided to make a cherry berry pie with a four berry blend from the grocery store’s frozen case. I have used this blend before to make muffins and it did pretty well.  One other options is jarred sour cherries, maybe next cherry pie attempt will be with them.

If you prefer a lattice it can be made by doubling this pie crust and some careful construction work.  I tend to go the easy route of the crumb as everyone loves it. You could make a smaller 8 inch pie; use a cup less fruit and cut the sugar some, ditto for the tapioca. This pie is fantastic with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. cherry berry pie 005

This recipe is a blending of my own pie filling and the pie crust and crumb recipes from Annalise Robert’s cookbook, Gluten-Free Baking Classics.  I used a touch less sugar a a bit more fruit, and the frozen fruit blend to create my own special pie.  That cookbook is a fabulous resource and I can’t recommend it enough to anyone trying to bake gluten free for a family member.  There is nothing like the classic dessert of a pie to comfort a celiac who can’t eat what they used to.

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Crust:

1 c plus 2 tbsp brown rice flour mix (at bottom of recipe)

2 tbsp sweet rice flour

1 Tbps. granulated sugar

½ tsp xanthan gum

¼ tsp salt

6 Tbsp. cold butter cut into 6 chunks

1 lg egg

2 tsp fresh orange or lemon juice

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Spray 9 inch metal pie pan with cooking spray, dust with white rice flour.

Mix dry ingredients in bowl of stand electric mixer.  Add butter and mix until crumbly and resembling coarse meal.  Add egg and juice.  Mix until it comes together into big chunks.  Shape into a ball with your hands. Put it on a crust sized piece of wax paper (14 x 14 inches more or less), flatten the crust ball some; put on top of it another piece of wax paper and chill it all in your fridge 15-20 minutes while you ready the crumb crust and the fruit.

Filling:

6 cups fresh or frozen sweet cherry, blackberry, blueberry and raspberry mix   (two plastic 12 oz packages)

Mix the following in a small bowl and pour over the cherries:

1/3 to ½ cup granulated sugar

3 tbsp. tapioca granules

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Roll out pie crust between two sheets of wax paper or in a pie bag; try to get the thickness even, no thick middle! Peel off one side of paper and place in pie pan, centered.  Remove other slice of wax paper.  Crimp edges all around.  Fill with sweetened fruit mix.  Sprinkle the crumb topping (1 to 1½ cup) evenly over this mixture.  The more crumbs the thicker the crust they will form; for a really thick crust use all the crumbs from the recipe below.

Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 30 minutes with a piece of aluminum foil on top of the pie, then 25-30 more minutes at 375 degrees uncovered until bubbly and the crust is light brown.  If you use frozen berries like I did, don’t defrost them more than half way; make sure it is bubbling and light brown before taking it out of the oven. Cool at least 2 hours before serving at room temperature.

Note: I bake pies in my bottom heat pizza oven and it gives me a great browned crust.  If your oven isn’t bottom heat you might want to pre-bake the crust 10 minutes before filling and topping the fruit.

Crumb topping

Put all four ingredients in the same mixing bowl you made the bottom crust in and mix well with mixer paddle until crumbs form. Don’t over mix or you will get a soft dough instead of crumbs; not a good thing…done it and not happy with myself…

¾ c brown rice flour mix

½ c granulated sugar

½ tsp xanthan gum

1/3 c cold butter cut into six chunks

Brown Rice Flour Mix  (Same as King Arthur GF blend)
2 c brown rice flour

2/3 c potato starch

1/3 c tapioca flour

 

Berry Berry Tart

Sunday supper, wanting a pie to serve, no seasonal fruit available. Not interested in stone fruit imported from Chile or California/Florida berries.  So I turned to the partial bag of mixed berries in my freezer.  What I had wasn’t quite enough so I added a half cup frozen peaches chopped up.  T hey didn’t change the flavor much but added a bit more volume and a different color. The tart with the crumb and almond topping was delightful and yet subtle.  Not hugely sweet and quite pretty with the berries all cooked up. Winner!

I used Annalise Robert’s crust recipe and flour mixture. I think this crust tastes terrific and has a wonderful texture.  If it is chilled it is easy to handle and I like the pie bag for rolling it out thin and even.

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Taken as I sprinkled the almond crumb topping over the raw fruit. 

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Ready for the oven!

Berry Berry Tart

Crust:

1 c plus 2 tbsp brown rice flour mix (at bottom of recipe)

2 tbsp sweet rice flour

1 Tbps. granulated sugar

½ tsp xanthan gum

¼ tsp salt

6 Tbps. cold butter cut into 6 chunks

1 lg egg

2 tsp fresh orange or lemon juice

Crust directions: Mix dry ingredients in bowl of stand electric mixer.  Add butter and mix until crumbly and resembling coarse meal.  Add egg and juice.  Mix until it comes together into big chunks.  Shape into a ball with your hands. Put it on a crust sized piece of wax paper (14 x 14 inches more or less), flatten the crust ball some; put on top of it another piece of wax paper and chill it all in your fridge 15-20 minutes.

Roll out ball of crust into a circle; I use my pie bag or between the two sheets of wax paper, try to get the thickness even, no thick middle! Peel off one side of paper and place in 9 inch tart pan, centered.  Remove other slice of wax paper.  Crimp edges all around.

Filling:

2 1/2 cups mixed berries, mine were black sweet and sour red cherries, black berries, raspberries and blue berries if frozen let them defrost half way before using. I also chopped up the blackberries and bigger cherries.

1/2 cup peaches (or more berries)  defrost these too if frozen and chop into small pieces

Mix in a large bowl with:

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tbsp. minute tapioca

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Crumb topping

Put all four ingredients in the same mixing bowl you made the bottom crust in and mix well with mixer paddle until crumbs form.

¾ c brown rice flour mix

½ c granulated sugar

½ tsp xanthan gum

1/3 c cold butter cut into six chunks

Use one cup crumbs mixed with ½ tsp. cinnamon and ¼ cup thin sliced almonds.

I keep the rest of my crumbs in a tupperware in the fridge; keeps a month for sure.

Assembly and baking:

Put the berries which have been mixed with tapioca, cinnamon and sugar into the pie shell, peaches too if used. It will just cover the bottom of the crust. Top with crumb mixture

Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 35 minutes until bubbly and the crust is light brown.  Cool at least 2 hours before serving warm or at room temperature. pulled pork tacos and berry berry tart 007

Note: I bake pies in my bottom heat pizza oven and it gives me a great browned crust.  If your oven isn’t bottom heat you might want to pre-bake the crust 10 minutes before filling and topping the fruit.

Great served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. pulled pork tacos and berry berry tart 009

Brown Rice Flour Mix– (same as King Arthur gf basic flour blend)
2 c brown rice flour

2/3 c potato starch

1/3 c tapioca flour