Gluten-Free White Cheddar Thyme Apple Pie


It is November, which means it is pie month! At least that is what consumes my mind. Although, pies are my jam and Thanksgiving is all about some pumpkin pie, I am planning on making a Croquembouche. Weird, I know. Some of the cream puffs will have pie inspired fillings, like pecan. Just because I will not be making pie for our family Thanksgiving does not mean I will be not making pies this month, though.

I love pies because they are rustic. Plus in recent years I have been really experimenting and playing with designs. Obviously this is can be seen in the picture of today’s pie. This excites me, because gluten-free pie dough can be trickier to use. There just isn’t the elasticity or ability to play like you can with a traditional pie dough. Like I love to braid. Braid hair. Braid pie edges, but I have to be able to braid gluten-free pie dough. I will not stop though, some day. I have learned that I can make these roses, though, which are pretty quick and relatively easy to achieve. They just add to the rustic beauty and add a touch of elegance. Make some pie dough with freeze-dried strawberries, raspberries or cherries and boom you’ll have pink roses. Maybe some turmeric for yellow roses. Add a bit of matcha to the leaves. You can really have some fun.

This pie, besides the excitement to decorate, I was pumped to play with flavor combos. Originally I was inspired by one that was a smoked gruyere and thyme apple pie. The price of gruyere was a little too much for me. Therefore I swopped the gruyere for white cheddar cheese. I will say you really can’t taste the cheese. What I adored was the thyme. I’ve really been wanting to bake with it for some time. Especially since I’ve seen multiple bakers try to use it on the British Baking Show. My husband was not so fond of tasting thyme in his pie. I pleasantly enjoyed it. I tasted it subtly in the beginning of the bite and it was just enough to me to make it interesting. Not too much at all. Plus it made the flavors more dynamic to me.

If you want to be daring this Holiday season, I would give this pie a try. And play. Play with your decorations. I also enjoy putting words or phrases on my pies. Sometimes I use cookie cutters for that, but many times I will cut them by hand (especially if I want cursive writing).

Gluten-Free White Cheddar Thyme Apple Pie

White Cheddar Pie Crust

  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey

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Vegan Granola Apple Pie

11209572_10101037557798123_6955451427578429151_nYesterday I had a nice little confession of my control issues and fierce independence. Letting others help me, has not been a strong suit of mine in recent years. I do things myself. It’s what I’m used to. So when someone offers to help, I usually feel kind of bad (just like when my boyfriend wants to buy me things), so I typically opt for doing it myself. A few weeks ago several people offered to help me carry things from my car to my booth at the market. I smiled and rejected, saying I came early so I could carry it myself. My boy Jason made fun of me for not taking the help. But this is why I love people like this in my life. I NEEDED  to hear it. I needed to be prodded. Why do I do this? Put down your armor. Open up. Let others in. Let them help you. It’s so odd, because I will do anything for others, but block it out when someone wants to reciprocate. Why do I have that difficulty feeling like I am deserving of help and gifts? OPEN. STAY OPEN.

Sometimes I just need to JUMP (not just step) out of my self-inflicted comfort zones. Lately I have also been working on the word COLLABORATION. Co-creating with some rad, talented, ober creative souls to make some beautiful art and food. It began when I wanted some new art for my apartment. My boyfriend and I went out searching for coffee, but stumbled upon a huge canvas. As I stood in front of it, I felt this magnetic pull. PAINT ME, it whispered to me. Now, note as my boyfriend is asking me if I want it, the voice is saying yes, but I was shaking my head no. Still hesitant to allow someone to take care of/do things for me. I knew I had to get a hold of my friend Julie to help me create a beautiful piece. Initially we both were full of a kind of nervous energy about the collaboration. It was out of both of our comfort zones. I am known for sketching. I do black and white, realistic shit. Portraits like this below are my specialty and comfort zone.  Continue reading “Vegan Granola Apple Pie”

Caramel Apple Pie

Of course I can’t just make any old apple pie, I’ve got to put something in it. Maybe in part of my deep yearning to have back the Fall-like weather of two weeks ago, I decided to do a caramel apple themed pie. Kids love them. They blend beautifully together. Why not? This is GOOOOOD!

Caramel Apple Pie

1 1/2 cup Almond Flour
1/2 cup Coconut Flour + more for dusting the board
1 tsp Raw Honey
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