Topless Apple Pie

Topless Apple Pie

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Topless Apple Pie has become a snickering favorite around here! Why snickering, you ask? When I made this, my grandchildren were here (they are most of the time), and I asked if they would like to cut up apples for me to bake an apple pie. All you have to do is mention apple pie around here and everyone is jumping up and down. So four of us (myself and the 3 oldest grandchildren) proceeded to get everything out on the counters that was needed (the french say mise en place, here I call it get your stuff out) before baking.

Related: For another family favorite try my Apple Spice Cakes.

When everything was ready and in place, I started making my pie crust, only to find out I had just enough flour for the bottom of the pie (I can’t believe I had run out of my favorite flour)! Not wanting to disappoint my little helpers, I told them we were making a Topless Apple Pie and just going to cover it with pecans – Oh my, you should have seen it – hands flew to cover their mouths while stifling their laughter! Of course I didn’t think about it when I said that word (you know, topless), and how it would send a twelve-year-old and two ten-year olds into fits of laughter. It took me a few times of rolling my eyes until I gave in and laughed right along with them.


Topless Apple Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Topless Apple Pie

Topless Apple Pie is a delicious warm bite of love on a plate. The combination of the cinnamon, nutmeg and apples will have your family grinning from ear to ear. Bring the family into the kitchen and get those little hands busy helping. Memories in the kitchen to last a life time.


    ~~Pie Crust~~
  • 1 cup – Gluten-Free Flour – I use Bob’s Red Mills 1 to 1)
  • ½ cup – Butter – cubed, make sure butter is very cold
  • 1 – Egg – beaten
  • 5 tbsp. – Cold Water
  • ~~Pie Filling and Topless Topping~~
  • 6 – Medium Apples – peeled cored and sliced, about 6 cups
  • 1 tbsp. – Sugar
  • 1 tbsp. – Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp – Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. – Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tbsp. – Oat Flour**
  • 1 tbsp. – Butter – cubed small
  • ¼ cup – Pecans - chopped
  • 1 – Egg – for egg wash
  • 1 tbsp. – water – for egg wash


    ~~Pie Crust~~
  1. Cut butter into flour* until crumbly, then add egg and 5 tablespoons of cold water, mixing well. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator until needed.
  2. ~~Pie Filling and Topless Topping~~
  3. In large bowl combine apples, sugars, spices, and 1 tablespoon of oat flour, mixing gently so as not to break the apple slices into pieces. Set aside.
  4. Remove dough from refrigerator and unwrap, lay dough on lightly floured surface and roll out to a ¼ inch thickness. Place in pie pan folding edges out. Do not trim edges.
  5. Fill with apple mixture. Place 1 tablespoon cubed butter on top and sprinkle with ½ tablespoon of oat flour and then top with pecans. Fold edges in around pie.
  6. Mix egg and water with fork until frothy and brush folded in pie crust edges with mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes. Serve warm with a dollop of cream or a drizzle of your favorite chocolate.


*This is where little hands come in handy. I have my granddaughter use her fingertips to break up the butter and combine the flour. **If you prefer regular gluten-free flour instead of oat flour it will work the same. Note: time will vary, depending on how many little hands you have helping you.

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So now it’s a running joke with them on how Grammie’s pie is topless! Out of the mouths of babes, or should I say angels with horns, around here.

This delicious Topless Apple Pie is a wonderful dessert for any holiday season and is also a great take along dessert for any and all gatherings. The sweetness of the apples combined with a touch of sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg gives this Topless Apple Pie a scrumptious taste of home. Add a drizzle of your favorite chocolate of dollop or whip cream to the top (so it has one) and serve up a slice of love and fun for your family or friends tonight.

From my kitchen to yours,

Tina Marie



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