Monday, September 30, 2013

Flat Apple Pie with Oat Crumble

I was reading through Self magazine that I inherited from my older sister and came across a recipe for Apple Pie.  I had just bought Pillsbury's pastry and pie crust and decided this would be a perfect recipe to try it out! Pillsbury just released their gluten free line in stores during September and I was really excited to try them out.  Last week I tried their gluten free chocolate chip cookie dough. First off - I know that these are not the healthiest options when it comes to baking however it is always nice to have a quick and easy gluten free option when you are just craving cookies. Honestly though besides the modified food starches the ingredients are pretty normal. They won't kill you. So if you are looking for a quick way to satiate that sweet tooth definitely pick up the cookie dough. Only downside - they did have a slight potato after taste on the first couple bites.

So I decided to try out the pie and pastry crust with a delicious apple pie. Unfortunately I didn't realize until after I had been to the store that I don't own a pie pan. Thankfully I had recently seen flat apple pie on an episode of the Pioneer Woman. So inspired by both recipes I came up with the following YUMMY recipe. The pie and pastry dough worked really well for this recipe and tasted amazing. I am interested in trying more recipes using this dough. P.S. I was extremely excited that the dough puffed up.

Flat Apple Pie with Oat Crumble

1 tub Pillsbury Pie and Pastry Dough (or your own pastry dough)
5 medium apples (I used 4 small Yellow Delicious and two large Granny Smith apples. I could have been fine with 1 less apple but better safe than too little apple)
1/3 cup plus 6 tbsp brown sugar, divided
2 tbsp Tapioca Flour (you could use another starch like corn or potato)
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup GF flour (I of course used Pamela's baking mix) 4 tbsp butter **i used the Earth Balance coconut spread - my favorite butter substitute. If using coconut oil or coconut spread use 1 less tbsp.

1. Peel, core, and slice the apples. A normal recipe will tell you to slice them 1/8 inch thick. However I will tell you to slice them as thick or thin as you want. After the first apple I stopped caring and just sliced away.
2. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
3. In a large bowl combine apple slices, 1/3 cup brown sugar, tapioca flour, juice, and cinnamon.
4. In a smaller bowl combine remaining 6 tbsp brown sugar, oats, 1/4 cup GF flour, pinch of salt, and butter.
5. Place half the dough between two sheets of parchment or wax paper and roll into a large circle. I used a standard sized cookie sheet and rolled it until the circle almost touched the shorter ends of the sheet. (Okay I'm not sure there is a standard size so I went and measured it and it's about 10 inches wide.)
6. Place half the apple mixture in the center of rolled dough. Use the parchment paper to help you bring the edges of the dough over the apple mixture. See below picture:

7. Sprinkle half the oat mixture on top then lightly cover the pie with a sheet of aluminum foil. This helps the apples cook since many recipes have a crust on top.
8. Bake for 20-25 minutes then drop the temperature to 350 degrees and bake another 10-15 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10-20 minutes. Just watch that your crust isn't getting too dark on the edges. As soon as the crust is a nice golden brown it's time for it to come out!
9. Serve warm or if your weird like my husband freeze it and eat cold ;)

mmmm apples and cinnamon - my favorite

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