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A Crustless Apple Pie for People Who Don’t Like Making Crusts

Preview: This Crustless Apple Pie recipe couldn’t be simpler. Bake batter-covered apples in a pie plate with no crust. (AKA Swedish Apple Pie)

What if you could have the cinnamony goodness of juicy baked apples without having to mess with a separate crust? This popular Swedish Apple Pie makes its own crust.

A crustless apple pie is a perfect recipe for stressed-out cooks or beginners. The batter is simple enough for kids to stir together.

If you don’t have time for a crust or want to mess with it, this pie is for you.  

Cover cinnamon-spiced apples with a sweet batter, then bake. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

slices of crustless apple pie

Frequently Asked Questions

Why no crust?

The “crust” is on top–sort of.

The sweetened batter you spread over the sliced apples will seep down between the apples in the oven. As a result, the part left on top turns golden brown and crunchy.

What kind of apples should I use?

fresh apples

I’ve tried several different apples and settled on a combination of two large Granny Smith apples and one large Golden Delicious. They will give your pie the right amount of sweetness, the best texture, and release some liquid without getting mushy.

Can I make substitutions?

  1. Replace pecans with walnuts. Either way, toasting them before you add them to your batter will bring out the flavor.
  2. Bleached flour can be used in place of unbleached flour.
  3. Ground cardamom can be used in place of or in addition to cinnamon.

What is the best way to core apples?

Kitchen Secret***

To keep the tips from breaking off your apple quarters, remove the core starting from the bottom of the apple instead of the top. This technique will make your slices more uniform.

It’s not a big deal in this recipe. I just wanted you to know.

How should I serve this no-crust apple pie?

Hot out of the oven…

If you serve the pie hot out of the oven, it will probably be a little messy as you try to cut it into slices. But, of course, it will taste fabulous as the warm pie melts your ice cream on top.

Making it ahead of time…

If you want to make the pie ahead of time, bake it, then allow it to cool for several hours. Refrigerate.

When it’s time to eat it, slice the pie. Put individual slices in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it up and bring out the cinnamon fragrance.

Top with ice cream or whipped cream.

How to make Crustless Apple Pie:

sliced apples in pie plate
Peel and slice apples 1/4-inch thick. Place in a greased 9-inch pie plate.
Sprinkle lemon juice over the apples.
Add sugar and cinnamon.
Stir apples to distribute the sugar and spices evenly.
Melt butter.
Add sugar and a beaten egg.
Stir in the flour and salt.
Add pecans to the batter. Stir.
before putting pie in the oven
Spread batter evenly over the sliced apples.
Bake in a 350˚F oven for 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Besides being my daughter-in-law’s favorite dessert, this recipe is special because I got it from Amanda’s mother, Sandy.  I especially enjoy eating it at her house. 

Swedish Apple Pie--slice in front of pie

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Hope to see you again soon!
Paula

p.s. Questions or suggestions? Please email me: Paula at saladinajar.com.


Yield: 1 9-inch pie

Crustless Apple Pie

Crustless Apple Pie

Bake this Crustless Apple Pie in a standard pie crust dish. A sweet batter spread over the apples turns into a crust on top. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream along-side it.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups cooking apples, (2 large Granny Smith and 1 large Golden Delicious) peeled and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon + 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon unbleached flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Instructions

  1. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie plate. Fill the pie plate with sliced apples. Pie pan should be about 2/3 full. Sprinkle with lemon juice and stir to coat apples.
  2. Sprinkle cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of sugar over apples and combine.
  3. Mix melted butter, and 3/4 cup of sugar in a separate bowl. Stir in beaten egg, flour, and salt. Add toasted pecans.
  4. Spread the batter over apples.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. If you want neat slices, chill the pie for 2-3 hours. Slice the pie when ready to serve and reheat individual slices in the microwave for 20-30 seconds before serving with ice cream or whipped cream.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 256mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 3g

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Connie

Monday 25th of November 2019

Thanks so much on your tip on coring apples. I love apples and use them in many recipes. Thanks again for an amazing blog. I get really excited when I see an email from you. Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgivings.

Paula

Monday 25th of November 2019

Hi Connie,

So nice to hear from you again. Your kind words made my day! Paula

Bojana

Friday 22nd of June 2018

i love this recipe. my batter came out stiffer then yours and i had to use my hands to spread it evenly, but it baked into a delicious pie. i also added an apricot and a peach to the apples, just to use them up, they were the last in the fruit bowl, and i think this pie would be equally nice made with just apricot or just peaches. can't wait to make it again. this first one was gone in one day.

Pam

Tuesday 11th of April 2017

Do you know the Weight Watchers smart point value? Or nutrition info?

Laura

Thursday 1st of October 2015

What can I substitute for regular flour? Would coconut flour or almond flour work? Too many carbs in regular flour. LOL

Faith

Wednesday 18th of December 2013

enjoy this yummy!

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