cranberry apple pie with a simple gluten-free crust

I'm not gluten-free.  Well, not totally gluten-free.  Typically, I don't eat wheat during the week but I might spurge once or twice on the weekend.  But, my mom and two of my siblings are gf and I love to cook for them.  So, I have entered the rickety world of gf baking.  Everything I thought I knew about baked goods has been challenged.  I've invested in ten separate types of flour, experimented with xanthan gum, and chopped up more almonds in my food processor than I know what to do with. Things get complicated fast.

But, what I love about this pie crust recipe is that all you really need to buy is rice flour, a $3 investment at Walmart.  (I usually find it on the cereal isle tucked in with the instant oatmeal and grits.) The other ingredients are typical household items that the average baker would have in her pantry. Where did I stumble upon this brilliant recipe?  The back of Bob's Red Mill White Stone Ground Rice Flour bag.  I had to double it for one 9 inch, a deep dish pie. 

Cranberry Apple Pie with A  Simple Gluten-Free Crust


Pie Crust
1 1/2 cups white rice flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoon sugar
2 pinches salt
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup melted butter

Cranberry Apple Filling 
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 cup walnuts
4 granny smith apples, sliced
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup gluten-free oats

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Back Time: 35 minutes
Yields: 1 deep dish gf pie!

Preheat oven to 425. Sift flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a large bowl.  In a measuring cup, beat eggs and melted butter together until well blended.  Pour egg mixture to dry ingredients and stir gently.  Dough will be soft. 

Sprinkle a dry surface with rice flour and roll out pie crust. 

Cut dough into squares. Using a large spatula, transfer crust to pie dish.  Mold pie crust together with your hands.  

Make the edges pretty. :)

Now, you can fill this pie crust with whatever your little heart desires.  Pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie... But, I wanted a layered cranberry apple pie.  First, slice your apples into thin, elegant slices. I left the skins on because I like a touch of pale green in my apple pies. Place slices in a large bowl and add granulated sugar and lemon juice.  Mix well and set aside.

Cover the bottom of your pie crust with a layer of cranberries and then a layer of walnuts.  Top with apples. 

Now, the topping! Mix spices, brown sugar, and oats together.  Cut in butter using a pastry cutter, a fork, or two knives. 

Pour brown sugar mixture on top.  Cover edges with foil to prevent your pie crust from burning and bake for 30 minutes or until cranberry juices are visible. 

Yum!  Top your pie with apple cider ice cream and enjoy! Have the very best of Thanksgivings!!

Also, Jason wants us to get a puppy for Christmas. I have never been about dogs in the houseand we don't have a yard, but his puppy-dog eyes and actual puppy puppy-dog eyes may be too much for to resist.  Advice?  Stand my ground?  Give in?  I'm so conflicted.