Delicious gluten-free and lactose-free apple tart. Preparing a GLUTEN FREE plain sweet shortcrust pastry for pies is easier than you think, you can prepare it yourself and 100% homemade and gluten free.

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This pie has a base of sweet shortcrust pastry (“paté sucrée”) gluten-free and 100% homemade. This sweet shortcrust pastry is made by combing common ingredients such as butter, egg, sugar and a mix of gluten-free flours and starches + the key ingredient:the gluten substitute-xanthan gum.

When preparing a shortcrust pastry WITH GLUTEN, kneading is always avoided in order not to develop gluten. Shortcrust pastry is characterized by a crumbly texture, not very smooth and crunchy. But in the case of gluten-free doughs, it is necessary to knead a little bit and also it’s really important adding a binder or gluten substitute so you can actually knead the dough,

I am sure you are wondering: In this case, if when making a shortcrust pastry you do not want to develop gluten, why do we need to add a gluten substitute such as xanthan gum?

Wheat flour has gluten and even if you avoid kneading so you don’t develop gluten, xanthan gum is what gives cohesion and little elasticity to be able to work the dough and stretch it into a pie shape.

You can use the shortcrust pastry base in other recipes or pies. It is a very versatile base and is easier to make than you think.

TIPS for the best gluten free apple tart

Here are some tips to prepare this delicious gluten free apple tart

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  1. Season Apples
    For a delicious topping use apples in season, they’re much juicier and tastier. You can use any variety of apples, but I recommend you use a sweet (or less acidic) variety.
  2. Let the shortcrust pastry rest in the fridge
    Once you’ve made the dough, let it rest in the fridge for a while before rolling it out. This way, the butter will have chilled (it won’t be as sticky) and will be easier to roll out.
  3. Bake a little bit the base before adding the topping.
    To get a crispy bottom, I recommend baking the pie crust for 10 minutes without the apple filling. Once the bottom is pre-baked, add the apple filling and bake the pie.

Check out how easy it’s to make this gluten free apple tart

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How to make a gluten free apple tart

All the ingredients to bake this delicious gluten free apple tart

Gluten-free flours.

For the pie crust, I combined different gluten-free flours and starches.

For the pie filling you’ll need

A little xanthan gum will help you get a slightly elastic dough so you can stretch it well and shape the tart.

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Step by step to this gluten-free French-style apple pie

1. Mix the dry ingredients

Put the rice flour, tapioca starch, and corn flour in a bowl. Add the salt, xanthan gum, and pea protein. Mix everything very well to incorporate the flour mixture.

Add the butter, cut into pieces. Using your fingers, gradually crumble the butter into the flour mixture.

Once the butter is well incorporated, add the powdered sugar. I recommend you sift the powdered sugar to avoid lumps. Stir a little to incorporate the sugar, and add the room-temperature egg. Mix well until the egg is incorporated.

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2. Knead the dough well until it forms a ball.

Knead with your hands until all ingredients are well incorporated. Try to form a ball.

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Once you have formed a ball, continue kneading on a work surface. Knead well until a smooth and soft ball is formed.

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3. Stretch the dough into a disk and let it rest in the fridge.

Gently pull the dough into a disk about 1 finger thick. Cover the disk with plastic wrap or cling film and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.

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4. Stretch the dough into a round shape with the diameter of the pie dish you want to use.

After half an hour, the dough will be slightly chilled and ready to shape. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface. (if it’s too cool, wait 5 minutes before rolling it out).

Stretch the dough well until you get a large circle of about 26 cm. *This circle should be slightly larger than the diameter of the pie dish.

Using the rolling pin, roll out the dough and place it on the bottom of the pie dish.

Shape the pie crust with your fingers and remove the excess dough with a knife.

Leave the pie in the fridge for 10 minutes.

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When the bottom of the pie has rested, prick it with a fork. Place a sheet of baking paper on top of the cake and put some chickpeas or dried beans on top to give the cake weight and prevent it from rising while baking.

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5. Bake the pie crust for 7-10 minutes at 180ºC.

When the tart is baked (and lightly browned), take out the dried beans.

Put 1/4 cup white sugar and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon in a bowl. Mix them together and sprinkle half of the sugar-cinnamon mixture over the pre-baked pie crust.

Peel about 4 apples, core them and sprinkle each apple with lemon juice. Cut the apples in half and slice them into very thin strips. Drizzle the remaining lemon juice over the apple wedges.

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6. Shape the apple pie

Place the apple slices alternately on the bottom of the pie crust. Place all the slices on top until is full *If you see that you still have gaps, peel and cut another apple or two.

If you have some lemon juice left over, you can drizzle it over the apples. Melt two tablespoons of butter and pour it over the apples.

Sprinkle the remaining sugar and cinnamon over the apples.

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7. Bake 40-45 minutes at 180ºC

Cover the tart with aluminum foil and bake at 180ºC for 40-45 minutes (or until you see that the apples are cooked).

After baking, take the tart out of the oven, let it cool and spread it with caramel sauce or peach jam.

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Can I freeze the pie crust raw?

Yes, you can freeze the pie crust raw in a disk shape about 1 finger thick.

Can I freeze the apple tart that is already baked?

I don’t recommend it. After thawing the cake, you will see that the texture has changed, and you’ll get a slightly “mushy” tart.

The xanthan gum gives a little bit of elasticity to the pie crust so you can actually stretch and shape it.

Can I substitute xanthan gum?

Yes, you can replace it with psyllium husks.

Can I replace the egg?

You can replace it by adding some butter and water to the dough. But I don’t know the exact amounts. I recommend that you add water and butter gradually until you get the right consistency.

Learn how to prepare a delicious gluten-free French-style apple tart

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Gluten free apple tart (french style)

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Delicious gluten free french style apple tart


For the topping

  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 60gr butter
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 3-4 apples

For the dough

  • 110gr white rice flour
  • 70 g tapioca starch or corn starch
  • 45 gr corn flour
  • 70 gr lactose-free butter
  • 70 gr of powdered sugar
  • 1 and a half teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2 small teaspoons of pea protein (optional)
  • 1 egg

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