Literary Lunch – Gluten Free Apple Crumble

Recently, I read Legendary by Stephanie Garber and thought long and hard about what kinds of foods I could pair with a story like this. I think I finally figured it out and I’ll show you why I chose apple crumble.

Here’s more about the book

33645809After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister, Scarlett, from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice, but now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever…


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While I was reading this book, I noticed a trend with one of the characters and his love of apples. He’s always carrying an apple around in his hand albeit weird ones.

But what I also like about apples is how synonymous they are with carnivals. Caramel apples and bobbing for apples are such iconic things you can eat and do while you’re at a local carnival.

So that is legit what I did. I took apples and made them into an iconic fall dessert using Gluten Free on a Shoestring’s recipe. The apples were tart and a little sweet while the crumble was buttery and delicious. I had to stop myself from eating the entire pan I couldn’t get enough.

You can find Gluten Free on a Shoestring’s recipe here. While this is adapted for gluten-free folks, I’m pretty sure you can also use AP flour for all your baking needs.

You can find Legendary by Stephanie Garber here.

I hope you enjoy!

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