The Best Gluten Free Apple Pie Recipe with Crumb Topping

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Apple Pie - Gluten Free Recipe with Crumb Topping

This gluten free recipe for Apple Pie is everything you (or I) could want in a pie. The crumb topping is crispy and thick, the gluten free pie crust is flaky, and the spicy apple filling is perfection. Serve this pie with ice cream, whipped cream, salted caramel sauce (or all of the above).

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Recipe card , instructions + images updated 11/10/22

When I was first introduced to this apple crumb pie, it was called French Apple Pie. I don’t know why it was called “French” Apple Pie (or sometimes Dutch Apple Pie), I only know that is what we called the crumb-topped pies when I worked at the apple ranch many moons ago. There are, of course, many types of crumb to top a pie with, but only one really passes muster (and I am strongly opinionated in this matter). Oat topped apple pies are an abomination, as are pies with a wimpy dotting of crumbs across the top. (Gluten-free) flour, sugar & butter are the only ingredients necessary to make a perfect topping…the cinnamon should be in the apples, not in the crumble.

The makings of the perfect apple crumb pie topping

The crumb topping should be thick shell through which the molten apples underneath must struggle to bubble forth. It must crack under the fork and not get soggy under any circumstances–especially when topped with soft vanilla ice cream. It must be just as good after spending the night under a light blanket of plastic wrap…because everyone knows that leftover apple pie makes the very best breakfast.

Gluten Free Apple PIe
Gluten Free Apple Pie

The first time I made my version of this pie, the same pie we made in the bakery at the apple ranch, it was a production. My kitchen was a terrible mess and it seemed like it took forever. But now, I’ve got things down to a science and I can have it in the oven in about 30 minutes. A partner is preferable–enlist the kids or your spouse to peel the apples or do the dishes–but you can go it alone too. Put on your favorite Pandora station, pour yourself a big mug of tea (or wine) and get to work, peeps. It will probably seem impossible to fit all the apples and the crumb topping in the crust. But you can do it…I promise.

Gluten Free Apple Pie
Gluten Free Apple Pie

This is pie perfection.

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Apple Pie - Gluten Free Recipe with Crumb Topping

Apple Crumb Pie – The Best Gluten Free Recipe for Pie

Alison Needham
This gluten free recipe for Apple Pie is everything you (or I) could want in a pie. The crumb topping is crispy and thick, the gluten free pie crust is flaky, and the spicy apple filling is perfection. Serve this pie with ice cream, whipped cream, salted caramel sauce (or all of the above). To be perfectly honest, this pie is a bit of work in the kitchen. But an old-fashioned, gluten free apple crumb pie like this is so worth the effort.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 992 kcal





  • Prepare the crust. In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine all the dry ingredients on low speed. Slowly add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, and pulse until the mixture forms one solid lump.
  • Turn out onto a work surface, dusted with rice flour and knead 3 times. Divide in half, pat each half into a disk, and wrap well with plastic. Freeze for 30 minutes. (This recipe is enough for 2 bottom crusts. The second crust will keep for several months is wrapped tightly and sealed in a freezer bag).
  • Remove one disk from the freezer after it has chilled. Place a sheet of parchment on the counter and dust with sweet rice flour. Unwrap the dough and place on the flour. Dust the top of the dough with more flour and top with a second sheet of parchment. Roll the disk into a 10-inch round with a rolling pin. Remove one sheet of parchment and place the round into a standard pie plate dough side down. Remove the second sheet of parchment. Tuck any dough that’s overhanging the edges under and crimp the edge of the pie decoratively. Place the crust into the freezer to chill while you prepare the filling.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Toss the prepared apples with the brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and flour in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • Prepare the topping. Quickly wash & dry the food processor. To it add the flour, sugar, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Pulse until crumbs form.
  • Remove the prepared crust from the freezer. Pour the apple mixture into the crust. Gently press them into a dome shape. Using your hands, tightly pack the crumb mixture on top, completely covering the apples.
  • Place the pie on a parchment lined, rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 2 hours, or until the pie is lightly golden brown and the filling is bubbling. If necessary, tent the pie with foil if it is browning too quickly.


When you are assembling it, it may seem like you won’t be able to fit all the apples in the crust. Keep piling them on because they will shrink a lot. I had to bake my last pie for nearly 2 hours it was so big. Just check on it every 10 minutes or so after the first hour. The crust should be deeply golden brown and some juice will begin to bubble through when it is done.


Calories: 992kcalCarbohydrates: 147gProtein: 8gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 28gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 175mgSodium: 502mgPotassium: 438mgFiber: 13gSugar: 83gVitamin A: 1586IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 99mgIron: 3mg
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  1. Thank you for your French Apple Pie recipe! Worth all the work!! It was yummy and a huge hit! I even added a couple twists of my own! Thanks for your hard work and making the recipe public! Merry Christmas!

  2. I made the pie, skeptical that I could defy the laws of physics and chemistry. Sadly I was right. Gravity pulled the mountain of apples down and together with the melting butter in the crust, I had a mess in the oven. I pulled it out still mounded and it eventually fell. In the end the pie – with cracked crust – was still delicious. When you said it was a mess, did you mean before only or during cooking too? How does one keep the shell intact to avoid the lava mess? I’d like to make it again, but could use some pointers.

  3. I was looking for something like it. Thank you for the recipe.

  4. Can you use your pumpkin pie crust for this pie or will that not work as well?

  5. 5 stars
    This pie is a staple, and is truly wonderful!

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