Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Crisp Recipe

I've been experimenting with more gluten-free recipes these days. My goal is to make food that Mr.T doesn't even notice are gluten free, since he generally turns his nose up at GF foods since some of them don't always taste so great to folks who aren't used to them. Recently, Mr. T purchased way too many red delicious apples from Costco. I'm a bit of an apple snob and I don't eat "teacher" apples so I was a little befuddled as to what to do with them!
Modifying my apple-pear crisp into a gluten free recipe was actually pretty easy. I think there are a few subtle changes that I'll make next time around. I think it needs a touch more sugar and cinnamon on the apples and toasting the oats in advance will help since they were tougher than regular Quaker oats. All in all, I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out - especially for my first try. And I have to say the gluten-free crumb topping is a keeper! Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Crisp Recipe 
6-8 Apples
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tablespoons caramel
1 - 1.5 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
pinch of salt
1/2 tbsp cornstarch

For the topping
1/2 cup Trader Joe's almond flour
1/2 cup oat flour (I made mine in the food processor from gluten-free oats)
1 cup gluten-free oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
6 tbs light stick butter
2-3 tbs water
3-4 tbsp caramel

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

Peel and core apple and pears and cut into large chunks and place into a deep baking casserole dish. Add lemon juice and white sugar and toss. Add vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and 1 tbsp of flour.

In a separate mixing bowl, mix oat and almond flours, oatmeal, brown sugar and cinnamon. Slice butter into thin pats. Cut pats into very small dices. Mix with flour and oatmeal mixture with hands until large crumbs forms. Add water to bind a bit more and form together. Top apple and pear mixture with topping. Drizzle caramel over the top and place in the oven. Bake for 55-60 minutes until the topping is browned and the filling is bubbling. Serve warm or at room temperature. Add a scoop of light ice cream for pure decadence!

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