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Swedish Apple Pie – The Easiest Pie You’ll Ever Make!

This Swedish Apple Pie recipe is just as easy to make as it is delicious to eat. This crustless apple pie is full of fresh tender apples and loaded with warm cinnamon. It’s the perfect no-fuss pie for an easy dessert or for the beginner baker!

Full apple pie in a glass plate in a wicker holder with green apples and cinnamon surrounding it.

This Swedish Apple Pie recipe is one of those recipes that you are going to make over and over. It’s so easy to put together because you don’t have to make or mess with a crust! That makes it easy for anyone to put together.

I’ve been wanting to bring this Swedish apple pie recipe to you for such a long time! I don’t know how Swedish it is but it’s a recipe that my mother made and one of the very first pie recipes that I made.

When I was newly married, I just loved putting meals on the table that I knew John would love. We were compatible with my loving to cook and his loving to eat!

This recipe for Swedish apple pie was one of those recipes in my arsenals that made me feel like an accomplished baker. It is perfect for a new baker or someone that wants a no-fuss dessert.

Once you dig into this pie the last thing your going to complain about is that it doesn’t have a pie crust!

When it bakes it creates a sweet thick filling that surrounds cinnamon-flavored baked apples under a flaky top. Add a scoop of ice cream and it’s going to be a regular in your recipe arsenal too.

What are the best Apples to use for Swedish Apple Pie Recipe:

There are several varieties of apples that will work but also, several that will not. You want an apple that will keep its shape without becoming mushy when baked.

I’ve found a tart apple like the Granny Smith works in so many baking recipes. If you want something a little sweeter, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, and Winesap apples are good choices.

How many apples do you need for this No-crust Swedish Apple pie?

I used 5 in this recipe. However, it’s more important to fill your pie plate than to count your apples. I used a deep-dish pie plate. Your pie plate may not be as deep, or your apples may be larger or smaller.

Your fruit will bake down so you’ll want to fill your plate 3/4 full regardless of how many apples it takes.

Ingredients for a Swedish Apple Pie:

  • Apples – I like firm tart apples in this pie. Granny Smith is my go-to for this apple pie.
  • Sugar – White sugar.
  • Butter – You can use salted or unsalted in this recipe. If you use unsalted, add a pinch of kosher salt. Nothing fancy here!
  • Egg – I use large eggs.
  • Flour – All-purpose flour works just fine.
  • Cinnamon – Ground cinnamon and lots of it!

Only 6 ingredients and none of them fancy. That makes this  Swedish crustless apple pie perfect for the novice baker or me when I want a quick and easy dessert!

Pie Plate with a large piece of Swedish Apple pie cut from it showing an apple-cinnamon filling and a flaky topping.

I have a bad habit of trying new recipes and neglecting our tried and true ones. Not the case with this one!

This Swedish Apple Pie has never failed to be delicious. This no-crust apple pie recipe is also a great pie to make if you are a beginner baker. There are just a few simple steps and wah-la, you have a pie!

No one needs to know how easy it is!

Items you may need to make this Swedish Apple Pie:

  • Pie Plate – I’ve got several pie plates but I find myself returning to this simple plate. It shows off my baked items and is very reasonable.

Tips to make the perfect pie:

  • Cut your apples all about the same thickness. Keep them about 1/4 to 1/2 thick. They’ll lay in the plate more uniformly.
  • This recipe calls for melting your butter and it also contains an egg. You’ll want to cool your melted butter slightly so when mixed together you don’t end up with scrambled egg!

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Crustless Apple Pie with a piece removed.

As much as I love this pie, here are a few more that we love!

If you want an easy and delicious pie and don’t want to mess with a crust you’re going to love this pie. It looks different every time I make it based on how the apples settle.

Don’t forget to stop back and let me know how your crustless Apple Pie turned out!

Close up of a Swedish Apple Pie slice on red plate
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4.94 from 32 votes

Swedish Apple Pie – The easiest pie you’ll ever make!

This Crustless Swedish Apple Pie is just as easy to make as it is delicious to eat.  It's the perfect no-fuss pie for an easy dessert or for the beginner baker!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Servings 8
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

Pie Filling

  • 5 Granny Smith apples or enough to fill a pie plate 2/3 full
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Topping

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 tsp salt (pinch)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F
  • Peel, core, and slice apples 1/4″ thick.  Fill pie plate 2/3 full.  Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the topping ingredients. Spread over the apples in the pie plate.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until crust lightly browns.
  • Cover leftovers with aluminum foil and refrigerate.

Video

Notes

Tips:
  • Cut your apples all about the same thickness. Keep them about 1/4 to 1/2 thick. They’ll lay in the plate more uniformly.
  • This recipe calls for melting your butter and it also contains an egg. You’ll want to cool your melted butter slightly so when mixed you don’t end up with scrambled egg!

Nutrition

Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Vitamin C: 5.2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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As much as I like to bake, there were a few things that I really resisted trying. Pie crust was one of them and I didn’t mind using a store-bought crust.

That is until I learned to make my own! Yep, homemade pie crust is better and explained in my Pineapple Cream Meringue Tart recipe. You don’t have to worry about any of that pie with this recipe. The batter that you pour over the top seeps into the pie and leaves a lightly crunchy crust that is a delight to bite into.

What’s your favorite pie recipe? Please share, you are my inspiration!

Recipe Rating




Susan

Sunday 17th of July 2022

I hate crust, it’s cardboard with calories. So I will live this

Julie Menghini

Monday 18th of July 2022

This one is for you! Thanks, Susan. I hope you'll stop back and let me know what you think.

Marcus

Thursday 23rd of June 2022

It's good, no doubt about it. I wouldn't call it a true swedish pie though. More like it was done with inspiration from swedish pies, making a kind of hybrid.

A swedish pie, "smulpaj" or crumb pie is made from few ingredients. First, you fill up apples in the bottom, however many you feel like. The main point is to cover the bottom, after that it's a matter of taste. Usually these apple slices(green granny smith apples is indeed a normal choice over here as it fits incredibly well) are coated with some powdered cinnamon, sugar and a bit of salt. Then half of it is done.

The second part of a typical swedish pie is the crumb/topping. Just last week I made a raspberry/blueberry pie(you can use anything you want that fits, apples or something else, cinnamon tends to be excluded with other fruits and berries though, frozen berries can be coated in a bit of potato flour to soak up some of the extra moisture). For the topping, you do not melt the butter, it's chopped into cubes. The topping consists of a few ingredients. First you mix butter, all purpose flour and rolled oats, rolled oats are very important and this recipe didn't include them. You mix them with your hands, just squeeze and turn everything until it's all mixed, you end up with grainy crumbly pieces of coating. Then mix in sugar and some salt to taste. Then you coat the apples and warm it in the oven at 200-225c for 20-25min until the coating has taken on a somewhat golden color with some slightly more browned spots and thats it. Usually served with vanilla whipped cream or vanilla sauce, or typically vanilla flavored ice cream. The crumb usually goes something like 1dl rolled oats, 2dl flour, 125g cold butter, 1.5dl sugar and salt to taste. As for the apples or filling, nothing big there, just sugar, salt, cinnamon(or none) and apples to taste. Maybe something like a teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of sugar for the apples and some salt.

You wouldn't ever use eggs either.

There are of course variations, but that's the basic swedish apple pie. I'm really surprised when searching for "swedish apple pie" how very few of them seem to be actual swedish pies, as if having no pie crust is the only thing that matters, ofting excluding the important oats and usually adding an egg. Not saying they're not, they're no doubt great, just not actually swedish, the recipes have been adapted and changed. Search for "äppelpaj" on google. It's easy to see how different the topping is. Swedish apple pie crumb coating is slightly crunchy, crumby and have different sized "chunks" all over the pie, it's not nearly as smooth as the so-called swedish pie recipes you find in english. You can also see all the rolled oats clearly. Both are great but really different taste experiences and mouthfeel. Just wanted to share my thoughts, especially since you wrote you didn't know how swedish it is, maybe you want to try a classic swedish pie topping next time? Might be fun, nothing to lose. I wrote the ingredients and procedure up there, should be easy to find an authentic translated to english recipe with that and how it should look as a reference.

Fun to test these somewhat different takes on the pies I've eaten since childhood.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 23rd of June 2022

I love this, Marcus! Thank you for such great insight, and I'll definitely be looking into your pie. My grandmother was 100% Swedish and her recipe box is unfortunately long gone.

Lori

Sunday 12th of June 2022

I made this today and it was so easy. I made the recipe exactly as it stated with a deep dish pie plate and filled it up with about 5 medium size apples. It didn't brown quiet like I wanted after an hour and after reading comments below I turned the oven u to 350 for another 15 minutes and it came out looking delicious. I served this warm with a scoop of vanilla icecream. I am totally trying this with fresh peaches this summer! Thanks for a super easy and delicious recipe !

Julie Menghini

Monday 13th of June 2022

That sounds amazing, Lori! Thank you so much for sharing!

Wendy

Saturday 28th of May 2022

The best apple pie I’ve ever made and/or eaten!! Thank you for this amazing recipe.

Julie Menghini

Sunday 29th of May 2022

Thank you, Wendy! It's one of my favorite pies too!

Eileen

Thursday 28th of April 2022

Have you ever tried fruits other than apples? Thinking rhubarb, peaches, perhaps different berries. How do you think it would work?

Julie Menghini

Thursday 28th of April 2022

That's a great idea, Eileen. I think rhubarb or fresh peaches would work. Due to the bake time, I don't think I'd try berries.