Break Fast for Breakfast

I’m quite behind on posting Thanksgiving recipes and was thinking it might be too late to tell you about the jaw-dropping, mouth-watering delicious dessert I made at Thanksgiving. But then I realized we (I shared Thanksgiving with my Seattle family, Cody and Kent, and their extended family up from Portland) didn’t even eat it for dessert. We were so doggone stuffed that we opted to eat my apple crisp the next morning when it was perfectly paired with good, strong coffee and a couple eggs for a complete meal. Besides, it’s so tasty that it shouldn’t have to be restricted to any particular celebration. I think it would be wonderful to have this already baked and ready to serve Christmas morning…or just any ol’ time you need some extra special comfort food.

This recipe also has the benefit of being gluten-free, which may not matter to you, but I’m finding this allergy to be more and more common.  It’s also notable because it has a layer of cream cheese in-between the apples and streusel. Disclosure: One of my secret loves is cream cheese danishes, so this recipe was a must-make from the moment I saw it at Gluten Free Mommy. It’s a great resource if you’re on the hunt for other gluten-free recipes too, btw.

*The only changes I made were to add generous pinches of nutmeg and cloves and a dash of cardamom.

Gluten-Free Apple Cream Cheese Crisp


Apple Layer

7 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced

a little bit of lemon juice for apples

Streusel Topping

1 stick of butter

1 cup of brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon + any other spices you think it needs*

1 cup gluten-free oats

1/2 cup of sliced almonds

Cream cheese layer (goes on before streusel)

8 oz. cream cheese

1/4 cup of granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

2 Tablespoons milk

2 Tablespoons of brown rice flour or gluten-free flour of choice

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Toss sliced apples in lemon juice and layer in a 9×13 baking dish.

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Beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, flour, milk, and vanilla; beat until combined. Layer this mixture over apples.

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Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, oats, almonds, and cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly. Spread this mixture on top of the apples.

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Bake at 350 degrees for about 40-45 minutes.


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