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Ganny Pies Gluten Free

May 9, 2013

Ganny Pie’s
Pictures follow the recipe

My husband just loves these pies so I thought I would share this recipe and other recipes for those that have issues with gluten.

These are individual apple pies with a splash of lemon. You can leave of the lemon if you choose.  The lemon is used to keep the apple from turning dark while preparing the pies.  These pies are a very light dessert, almost like a French dessert.

For 4 good size individual pies I use:

3 apples Peeled, cored and sliced
One lemon
4 teaspoons Organic sugar
Cinnamon to sprinkle over apples
Small amount of melted butter to spoon over cooked pies but is optional.

I have tried several types of gluten free flours and I like to use the brand Bloomfield Farms Gluten Free all purpose Baking mix because it has xanthan gum already in the mix. The ingredients on my box are: Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Tapioca Dextrin, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum. I am not associated with this company in any way, this is just what I like to use.

1 1/3 cup gluten free flour with xanthan gum (see note in directions)
1 stick of cold butter I use real organic butter.
3 tablespoons Ice water
1 egg
2 teaspoons sugar
¼ teaspoon Apple cider vinegar
¼ teaspoon Salt

With several family members, including myself with food sensitivities and allergies I have been modifying recipes for a long time now.  Cooking for people with allergies means cooking with less ingredients.  My daughter and I have found less is also more healthy.  Cooking unprocessed is the best and you can do that with meat, vegetables and fruits.  But sometimes you want something different.

First make your crust.

Measure out 1 and 1/3 cup of gluten free flour and put it in a large bowl.  Now REMOVE 1 tablespoon and put it aside for later. Add the ¼ teaspoon of salt and whisk the salt and flour together.

Cut up the stick of cold butter into chunks and add to flour.  Now cut in the butter to the flour until all is crumbly.  I have always used my fingers to do this but you can use a cutter, fork or spoon.

Use a small bowl and crack the egg and put into the bowl, add 2 teaspoons sugar, the apple cider vinegar, 3 Tablespoons of cold water and wisk together. 

Put this into the flour and use a spatula or wooden spoon and mix together.  Then use your clean hands and mix it until all is incorporated.   If it is too stick sprinkle the reserve flour over and gently knead the dough and form into a log then put in the refrigerator while you prepare the apples.
Peel, core and slice the apples, cut the slices in half then squeeze lemon juice over the slices to keep them from turning dark.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide the dough into 4 equal parts. Roll out each piece into a circle.  Divide the apple slices into 4 parts and place pieces in the center of the dough.  Sprinkle one teaspoon of sugar over each pie and then sprinkle the cinnamon over that then pull the dough up and around the apple slices.

Below everything is pictured.



Flour mixture after cutting in the cold butter. This is flour, salt and butter

Put one egg into a bowl and add water and apple cider vinegar.

Make sure the water is very cold water

Whisk together the egg, sugar,water and apple cider vinegar.

Put the egg mixture into the flour mixture and work together

If it is too sticky then add the reserve flour and knead gently until less sticky but not too dry.

It should be soft

Put the dough on a clean counter top and push your palm across the dough. This layers the butter into the flour. Do this over the whole dough a few times by pushing across then pull the dough together and then push and slide again. This will make the crust flaky. Put the dough into a bowl and put in the refrigerator while you prepare the apples.

Wash and peel your apples then slice.

Squeeze lemon juice over the apples. And then slice the apples in half.

Remove the dough from the fridge and make a log then slice into 4 equal pieces.

On wax paper, roll out one piece about this size

Now place the apple slices over the dough. Leave them loose because this helps your crust cook better.

Sprinkle one teaspoon organic sugar over the apple in each pie. (Each pie gets one teaspoon sugar)

Sprinkle a little cinnamon

Now pull up the dough around the apples. I have tried to make it pretty each time I make these but it is too much trouble as rustic seems better anyway.

Place the pie in a skillet. No need to butter the skillet because the butter in the crust is enough.

Place the skillet in a 350 degree preheated oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes.

Remove from skillet and place on plate.

I ate one :)

Ummmm, some more good....

The apples are soft and the crust is light. If you like you can spoon a small amount of melted butter over the apples or just eat it plain. I hope you enjoy this apple "Ganny Pie".
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