I absolutely love apple pie. It was my go-to for family gatherings since cake always made me sick. I'm in no way capable of making a pie, so I took a shot at the next best thing - apple streusel (also called apple crisp if you're not in my family apparently).
Look at the beautiful crumb....
The recipe is from Gluten Free on a Shoestring. My main modifications were that I didn't use oats (lazy) and I left out the nuts. I just wanted a plain, old fashioned streusel. Also, freshly ground spices in a dessert are just excessive in my opinion. My cheap nutmeg from a jar did just fine. ;)
What I like about this recipe is that there are no eggs. The crust is just flour, sugar, spices, and a ton of butter. You do have to melt and then let the butter sit for quite a while to get it to work correctly. This is the first time I've done that attempting to make a streusel, and it's also the first time the crumb came out correctly, so apparently it's important. I melted the butter and let it sit on the counter as the very first step, and it was cooled enough by the time I needed it.
The recipe calls for six apples, which were a bit painful to cut and peel, but so worth it. I used Granny Smith apples, but I think it might be nice to mix a couple of sweeter apples in. I know their juicier, but I thought it was a bit on the tart side. The cinnamon and nutmeg really make the crumb fantastic. I used Better Batter for the crumb and King Arthur flour for the apples, and that worked really well. The crumb was also really easy to work with once it was chilled for a bit. Most was already in chunks, and the bits that weren't stuck together when I pressed them in my palms. And it made so much more than we actually needed!
My mom and I are the only two who need gluten free, but I noticed a couple of other people tried it. Didn't hear responses to whether or not it tasted as good as the store-bought apple pie though. It's odd, I think my family hears "gluten free" and they either think it's only for my mom and me or it's not edible for people who eat wheat flour. But I'm glad people gave it a try. I haven't had "real" streusel for probably 10 years, and I'm never going to match my little sister in pie making so I'm not comparing my desserts to hers (her GF apple pie last Christmas - my first pie in also probably 10 years - was freaking amazing).
Bonus, it sits well overnight. I made this Wednesday night and stuck it in the oven Thursday afternoon for 10-ish minutes and it was good. We also picked at it basically all of Thursday evening, and my mom and I cleaned up the last of it Friday night. It had been siting, covered, on the counter the whole time, and I popped the pieces in the microwave for 10 seconds. It wasn't at all soggy.
I will definitely be making this again for Christmas!