Caramel Apple Crumble Torte

Vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free Caramel Apple Torte recipe for Attune Foods on RickiHeller.com

When I was a kid growing up, our holiday traditions were always a bit different from those of my friends. Holiday staples on other people’s table (such as that caramel apple crumble torte above) never seemed to make an appearance at our house for some reason.

While my friends feasted on things like roast turkey, ham, or pot roast followed by apple, pumpkin or pecan pie with ice cream, our holidays were identified by the variety of atypical desserts added to our menus (since my dad was a butcher, we already ate all of those meat dishes pretty much every day anyway).

Vegan, Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Torte recipe for Attune Foods

For the holidays, we’d have cookies, bars, cakes and ice cream–but never a traditional pie. Turns out, my mom just never mastered conventional pie crust. And since I learned to bake from her, I avoided classic pie recipes, too, for many years.

One year, though, Mom found a recipe in a magazine. It was from a famous candy company (the one that makes caramels around Halloween time), for “Caramel Apple Pie.” The recipe consisted of a prepared graham crumb crust, melted caramels, canned apple pie filling, and additional sugar and cinnamon sprinkled over top. The pie was super-easy to make, and my mother ended up re-using that recipe for years; in fact, as I recall, it became the only “pie” Mom ever made.

I decided to redefine that recipe this year, developing a “clean” version that’s vegan and gluten-free, devised from whole, real ingredients instead. In my version, the caramel is drizzled liberally over the apples before they bake, so that it can sink down between the crevices and develop thick, oozing pockets of rich caramel throughout the filling.

The cinnamon-kissed apples become bathed in the caramel coating as they bake, and the pie crust serves double duty, both beneath the fruit and crumbled on top of it. The result is a totally authentic—and totally delicious—dessert.

If you’re looking to have a healthier holiday this year, give this indulgent-tasting torte a try. Everyone will appreciate it as special-occasion fare that you have only once or twice a year. And they’ll never guess that they could even eat it every day, if they chose to.

Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegan Caramel Apple Crumble torte recipe on RickiHeller.com


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