Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Gluten-Free Cheddar Cheese Pie Crust with Apple Thyme Filling

Pie, Stuffing and Mashed Potatoes.

That is my personal trinity of comfort food and as the cold weather comes, we can all use a bit of that.
This pie is made even better by including the gluten-free cheese pie crust, to contrast the thyme scented apples in this lovely little tart. 

Gluten-Free Cheddar Cheese Pie Crust filled with Apple Thyme Filling

All month I’ll be posting a recipe each day or two that are essential to my holidays, hoping that they help you create your special gluten-free holiday meal.  

Pie is breakfast, lunch and dinner around my house during the holidays. After all, most pies are a terrific combination of fruit, carbohydrates and just a bit of protein from nuts or eggs, perfect for the dreary winter days or nights.

Gluten-Free Cheddar Cheese Pie Crust filled with tender Apples with thyme. Perfect for fall.

Am I worried about the fat content? Not so much since I use organic butter, organic lard or non hydrogenated fats for my crusts. With these good fats in hand, I can make a crust that is flaky, crisp and special without worrying whether I will be painting the interiors of my blood vessels with bad trans fats.
I’ll happily take an organic lard crust over hydrogenated shortening any day!

But I won’t use gums anymore, my husband is reacting to them. So I used a bit of Pixie Dust to bind the flours into a supple gluten-free cheese pie crust recipe.

This is a seasonal indulgence, bringing along memories of pie crust rolling with my mom to pass on to my daughters.

GF Cheddar Cheese Pie Crust with Apple Thyme Filling


The smell of the classic combination of cheddar cheese on apple pie immediately transports me back to childhood. This gluten-free cheddar cheese pie crust encasing tender apple pie filling with fragrant thyme makes my mouth water the entire time it bakes.
Gluten-Free Cheddar Cheese Pie Crust with Apple Thyme Filling
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Yield: 1 1/4 cup
Equipment4 tart pans or one large removable tart pan
1/3 cup (54 grams)whole grain flour mix
3/4 cup (107 grams) white flour mix
1 Tablespoon (10 grams) pixie dust
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons (57 grams) unsalted butter-cut into tiny cubes
½ cup (40 grams) shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg-beaten
1 tablespoon honey
4 small granny smith apples- peeled and sliced
¼ cup organic cane sugar
½ teaspoon cornstarch or tapioca flour
⅛ teaspoon thyme-optional
1. In large bowl combine flour mixes, pixie dust and salt.
2. Add butter and cheddar cheese to bowl.
3. Cut the butter and cheese into the flour till you have a mixture of lumps from walnut to the size of large peas
4. Add the beaten egg and honey
5, Stir well to combine
6. Form the dough into a flat patty, wrap in plastic wrap and let rest in the refrigerator for at least one hour or overnight.
7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
8. Combine apple slices, sugar, cornstarch and thyme if used in bowl. Reserve till tart dough is ready.
9. Place one fourth of the dough between plastic and roll to to ¼ inch thickness.

Rolling out the gluten-free cheddar cheese pie crust

10. Place gently into tart pan using the plastic wrap to manipulate it into the crevices.

Fitting the gluten-free cheddar cheese dough into the tart pan
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11. Trim the edges to even them out with the outer edge of the pan.
12. Re-roll the scraps for decorative top cut outs or lattice work.

Weaving the lattice top of the tart Gluten-Free Cheddar Cheese Pie Crust from @drjeanlayton

13. Add apple slice mixture.

Apple Thyme Filling piled in the gluten-free cheddar cheese pie  crust

14. Top with lattice or cut outs.
15. Bake for 10 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 350.
16. Bake 8-10 minutes more till the apple slices are tender and the crust is browned.

Gluten-Free Cheddar Cheese Pie Crust with Apple Thyme Filling in Tart shells
If you are transitioning to a gluten-free diet this year, let's chat. Are you missing a great recipe for something special in your holiday tradition?  Let me know in the comments, I'll see if I can help find a new special recipe.

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