I’ve finally found the perfect apple pie recipe. It’s perfect because you don’t have to make a crust.
That’s right, all of the glory and none of the pain. In a small kitchen, even a simple pie crust is typically out of the question. Really anything that requires rolling out dough usually gets vetoed. So when my good friend Vanessa shared this recipe with me, I knew I’d found my perfect match. It’s called a “Swedish” Apple Pie. I don’t know if they really make this in Sweden, but if they do, I’d like to visit immediately. Instead of making a pie crust, you just whip together a batter and spread it on top of the sliced apples. As it bakes, the batters seeps down to the pie plate, creating a perfectly simple, totally sliceable, delicious apple pie. It tastes like an apple pie with a big, crumbly sugar cookie on top. Not quite your grandmother’s traditional recipe, but if you are as crust-averse as I am, this is the pie for you.
Many thanks to my friend Vanessa, who is a wonderful Italian cook and master gardener, for sharing this recipe she inherited from her mom, who was also a wonderful Italian cook and master gardener. I made a few small tweaks and it’s my new go-to autumn pie. The prep time takes 10-15 minutes, making it a quick dessert that you could even whip up on a weeknight or for last-minute dinner parties.
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