Overhead view of Starstruck Apple Pie, a pie with cut-out stars made of pie crust

Starstruck Apple Pie

This boosted apple pie is definitely something quite different from the popular classics. Cinnamon and orange bring holiday flavor, warm apples fall apart in your mouth, and the nuts add some crunch to this delicious pie. One bite and you’ll see why we named it Starstruck Apple Pie!

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Overhead view of Starstruck Apple Pie, a pie with cut-out stars made of pie crust
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Starstruck Apple Pie

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Fridge Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8
Calories: 671kcal


For the shortcrust:

  • cups (300 g) gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (240 g) unsalted butter, cut into cubes, plus more for greasing*
  • cup (40 g) powdered sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons milk*
  • Pinch kosher or fine sea salt

For the filling:

  • 10 medium apples , cored and peeled
  • 1 orange , zested and juiced
  • ½ lemon , zested and juiced
  • ½ cup (75 g) cane sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon (12 g) potato starch
  • 5 tablespoons (75 g) raisins
  • 1 cup (120 g) walnuts, chopped
  • 1 large egg white , beaten


  • *To make dairy-free shortcrust, use coconut oil in place of butter and water in place of milk. The taste will be a little bit different but it will still work well.
  • Sift the flour onto a pastry board. Add cubed butter and powdered sugar. Chop all the ingredients with a knife. Add egg yolks, milk, and a pinch of salt. Knead to combine all the ingredients into a smooth dough. If it is too dry and crumbly, add 1-2 tablespoons of water. Divide in half, form into 2 smooth balls, wrap in plastic wrap, and place in the fridge for about 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Cut the apples into small cubes and place in a large pot. Add orange and lemon zests and juices to the apples. Set the pot over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add sugar, cinnamon, and ginger, and mix carefully. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, add potato starch, and mix well.
  • Preheat the oven to 360°F. Lightly grease a 9-inch round pan, preferably with a removable bottom.
  • Lightly dust a work surface with flour and place half of the dough on it. Roll out the dough to a thickness of more or less ½ inch. Cut out a circle slightly larger than the diameter of the prepared pan. Line the bottom and sides of the baking pan with the pastry, pressing it with your hands. Use a fork to make a few holes in the bottom of the dough. Sprinkle with raisins and chopped walnuts. Spread apples on top in an even layer.
  • Roll out the other half of the dough and use a cookie cutter to cut out small stars. Arrange them on the apples to make a decoration. Brush with beaten egg white.
  • Bake for 50 minutes. If it starts to brown too quickly on the top, cover it loosely with a piece of aluminum foil. Cool before serving.


Preparing your own gluten-free shortcrust pastry is quite a job. You need to work quickly so that it doesn't get dry. If you don't have experience with it yet, work in batches and remember to always cover the dough with plastic wrap. If you need to, add a tablespoon of water. If the dough sticks too much to your hands or to the rolling pin, toss in a little flour. You can also use ready-made gluten-free dough.


Nutrition Facts
Starstruck Apple Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 671 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 16g80%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 110mg37%
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 461mg13%
Carbohydrates 90g30%
Fiber 12g48%
Sugar 45g50%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 946IU19%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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