Gluten-Free Apple Crumble

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In this unusual recipe by Alice Medrich, adapted from her gluten-free cookbook “Flavor Flours” (Artisan 2014), a combination of white rice flour and oat flour make for an apple crumble with a distinct crunch and butterscotch-like flavor. Ms. Medrich also uses an interesting technique with the apples, baking them halfway through before adding the crumble mixture, which keeps the walnuts from becoming too dark. She also doesn’t peel the apples, though you may if you’d rather. If you can’t find oat flour, you can make your own by grinding rolled oats in a food processor or blender until powdery.


For the apples:

  • 2

    pounds/900 grams apples, diced into 3/4-inch pieces

  • 2 to 3

    tablespoons/ 30 to 45 milliliters lemon juice, to taste

  • 2

    tablespoons/25 grams granulated sugar

  • 1

    tablespoon/10 grams white rice flour

For the topping:

  • 1

    cup/100 grams finely chopped walnuts

  • ½

    cup/100 grams firmly packed light brown sugar

  • ½

    cup/100 grams granulated sugar

  • cup/100 grams white rice flour

  • ¼

    cup/25 grams oat flour

  • ¼

    teaspoon fine sea salt

  • ¼

    teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 ¼

    teaspoons/9 grams ground cinnamon

  • 6

    tablespoons/85 grams unsalted butter, melted

  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (6 servings)

      522 calories; 23 grams fat; 8 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 4 grams monounsaturated fat; 8 grams polyunsaturated fat; 79 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams dietary fiber; 53 grams sugars; 4 grams protein; 30 milligrams cholesterol; 106 milligrams sodium

    • Note:

      The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a 2-quart baking dish, toss together apples, lemon juice, sugar, rice flour and 1/4 cup/60 milliliters water. Place dish on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Stir and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes, until juices are bubbling at the edges of the dish.
  2. While apples bake, prepare the topping: In a bowl, stir together nuts, sugars, rice flour, oat flour, salt and spices. Add melted butter and mix well.
  3. When apples are ready, spoon topping over them. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes more, until topping is browned and apples are tender and bubbling in the center of the dish.
  4. Cool for at least 20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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