Gluten Free German Apple Pie With Sour Cream Recipe

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This Gluten Free German Apple Pie with Sour Cream is my daughter’s specialty. She made this apple pie last year and everyone raved about it so she is making it again for Christmas. It’s quickly turned into one of our favorite family desserts. Since apples are plentiful in Vermont year round, I love making apple desserts. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Gluten Free German Apple Pie With Sour Cream Recipe

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Before we knew that my daughter was gluten intolerant, we made this pie recipe with traditional all purpose flour. After we realized that she couldn’t eat gluten any longer, we substituted an all purpose 1 for 1 gluten free baking mix like this one. It works wonderfully and there are no complicated conversions to deal with.

This German Apple Pie with Sour Cream is also called a Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie depending on who you talk to. It’s basically a Sour Cream Apple Pie with Streusel Topping. That means that it has a traditional pie crust on the bottom but instead of a pie crust on top, it uses a streusel topping.

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Ingredients

    Filling:
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 12 ounces sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 small eggs
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 6 large Granny Smith apples
  • Streusel topping:
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1/8 cup flour
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 3/4 stick of cold butter
  • 1/4 cup walnuts

Instructions

  1. Mix the first four ingredients for the Streusel in a medium bowl. 
  2. Cut the butter into small dime size pieces and add sugar.
  3. Mix using a pastry cutter.
  4. Add walnuts.
  5. Mix.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Prepare a bottom pie crust for one pie.
  8. In large bowl mix the first 3 ingredients of filling.
  9. Add sour cream and vanilla.
  10. Mix well.
  11. In a small separate container, beat eggs and flour until smooth.
  12. Add to the rest of the ingredients.
  13. Peel and core the apples.
  14. Cut in half length wise and slice thin.
  15. Add to the batter.
  16. Cover all slices well.
  17. Take apple slices and fill pie plate to the top.
  18. Fill holes with remaining batter.
  19. Cover entire top with Streusel.
  20. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 2 hours (yes 2 hours) and 15 minutes on bottom rack at 375.
  21. Let stand for an hour at room temperature.
  22. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
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One of the keys to the success of this pie is using a very tart, firm apple like the Granny Smith Apple. Other types of apples may become too soft if you use them. If you cannot find a Granny Smith Apple, you can try substituting a Cripps Pink variety or a Braeburn apple instead. They are both fairly tart and firm.

To avoid the filling spilling over the sides of the pie dish during baking, I recommend you make this in a deep dish pie plate. A 9.5-inch pie plate should work perfectly. Watch the edges of the pie crust as it bakes to avoid them burning. You may want to use a pie crust shield during the last portion of the baking time.

Pro Tip:

If you want to avoid the hassle of making a bottom pie crust, you can use a pre-made gluten free pie crust. Or, you can leave the pie crust out completely and simply add the filling to a greased baking dish. The result will be more similar to apple crisp than apple pie but it will still be delicious.


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Comments

  1. I'm gonna gain a LOT of weight just coming over here and reading these recipes!

    I'd drop in for a piece of pie if it wasn't such a long drive from Texas! Maybe you could just email me some?

    Happy Holidays...and thanks for sharing!
  2. ConfessionsOfAnOverworkedMom says
    LOL I'm not sure it'd mail real well down to you.
  3. alaskadreamin says
    What oven temp do you bake the german apple pie at? I have a bunch of apples that need to be used up, and this sounds great!
  4. ConfessionsOfAnOverworkedMom says
    Sorry. The temp is 375F. Keep an eye on it. You want the top to be golden brown.

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