Gluten-Free Cheddar Apple Crumble

This week I have the privilege of sharing gluten-free holiday recipes created by Chef Cat Cora. Today’s recipe is a delicious Gluten-Free Cheddar Apple Crumble. The crunchy crumb topping is made by combining cheddar cheese, pecans, and Pillsbury® Gluten Free refrigerated pie and pastry dough. Cat Cora creates the perfect balance of sweet and savory in this dish.

Gluten-Free Cheddar Apple Crumble recipe

The lightly spiced apples in this dessert are topped with a crunchy, crumb topping full of savory Cheddar cheese.

Gluten-Free Cheddar Apple Crumble
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 6
  • ½ container (15.8 oz) Pillsbury® Gluten Free refrigerated pie and pastry dough
  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 2 cups finely shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 medium apples, peeled, cored, diced (about 6 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Heat oven to 400F. In medium bowl, mix pie dough, pecans, powdered sugar and cheese until well blended. Place crumb mixture on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Cool; crumble.
  2. In 12 inch skillet, melt butter over medium high heat; stir in sugar. Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture begins to caramelize. Stir in apples, lemon juice and cinnamon (caramel will harden). Reduce heat to medium; simmer 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until apples are tender and caramel is dissolved. Cool.
  3. Spoon apple mixture into six 6 oz ovenproof ramekins. Top with crumb mixture. Bake 5 to 6 minutes or until warm. Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, if desired.

More Gluten-Free Recipes by Chef Cat Cora:

Cat Cora made television history as the first female Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, and most recently became the first woman to be inducted into the American Academy of Chefs® Culinary Hall of Fame. She is an accomplished author, restaurateur with six dining establishments, avid philanthropist and television host. Cora has authored three successful cookbooks, and one children’s book. She has appeared in a number of hit TV food shows, including Food Network’s Melting Pot; Kitchen Accomplished; NBC’s Celebrity Cooking Showdown; and Bravo’s Around the World in 80 Plates. In 2004, she founded Chefs for Humanity, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing hunger worldwide by supporting humanitarian relief and promoting nutrition education. Cora grew up in an intimate Greek community in Jackson, MS, where she developed a passion for the culinary arts while watching her family infuse Southern spices with Mediterranean delicacies. She resides in Santa Barbara, CA, with her wife and four sons.



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