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Swedish Apple Pie: A No-Crust Recipe For Stressed-Out Cooks

This easy homemade apple pie makes its own crust. Cinnamon-spiced apples are covered with a sweet batter then baked to make Swedish Apple Pie. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

Originally published in 2010. Updated in March 2020.

two servings of Swedish Apple Pie on a cooling rack

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

This is the perfect recipe for stressed-out cooks or beginners. The batter is simple enough for the kids to stir together.

Why no crust?

The “crust” is on top. Sorta.

A lot of the sweetened batter you spread over the sliced apples will seep down between the apples in the oven. The part left on top turns golden brown and crunchy.

What kind of apples should I use?

fresh apples

I’ve tried several different types of apples but have 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 but also the best texture. The apples cook through easily and release some liquid but aren’t mushy.

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?

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 will help make your slices more uniform.

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

How to serve

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

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 Swedish Apple Pie

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 to make sure all apples are coated.
Melt butter.
Add sugar and slightly 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 degree 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 all the more 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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Swedish Apple Pie

Swedish Apple Pie

Yield: 1 9-inch pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Bake this Swedish 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.

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!