As December approaches and houses light up with Christmas lights, I start craving those traditional family recipes. You know which ones I’m talking about – dishes that remind you of your childhood that hold good memories! My Oma’s apple pie is one of these recipes.
When I was growing up, I would sit on the floor of my Oma’s kitchen and watch her giant industrial mixer whisk together the ingredients for this delicious apple pie. I’d most definitely sneak tastes when she wasn’t looking. It is the perfect combination of sweet, crumbly crust with tart green apples on the inside.
To say that I was heartbroken when I discovered I couldn’t eat gluten anymore is an understatement…what about Oma’s apple pie?! Instead of giving it up forever, I adapted the recipe to make it gluten-free. As my Oma would say, it’s lekker! For all you non-dutchies, that means delicious!
This is not your average pie. The crust is the easiest ever with only 4 ingredients. Butter, sugar, all-purpose gluten-free flour, and vanilla extract, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. It tastes like a sugar cookie or shortbread. My Oma didn’t mess around when it came to pie crust.
The apples are par boiled in lemon juice and sprinkled with more cinnamon and sugar. A nice thick layer of apples goes on top of the bottom layer of crust, forming the juicy, sweet, and slightly tart insides that make up the delicious flavour of this pie. Just a warning…a few stray apples may end up in your mouth during this step.
[yumprint-recipe id=’4′]A bit of extra dough gets broken up into coin sized bits and scattered over the apples, and then sprinkled with even more cinnamon and sugar. This crust is perfectly imperfect and completely irresistible. Once you’re done with the crust, you pop it in the oven!
Once the pie is finished baking, let it cool and try not to eat the entire thing in one sitting. For a bit of extra specialness, enjoy it with a scoop (or two) of vanilla bean ice cream. Now tell me that’s not a delicious apple pie! Do you have a favourite childhood recipe? Tell me all about it!