Swedish Apple Pie

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Attention all pie crust-a-phobes.  Have I got a pie for you.  No crust!!!

It’s sweet, it’s cinnamony and it’s Swedish. Actually, I have no idea about the country of origin. It’s written in the title on the handwritten recipe I received. That’s all I know.

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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’ve enjoyed it at her house.  Which reminds me, Sandy is a hostess extraordinaire and I’m so thankful we get to share some birthdays and holidays together, often at her and Bob’s house along with the rest of the family.

Now get to baking and make your next company or celebration meal extra special.


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Swedish Apple Pie
Recipe type: Pies, Dessert
  • 2½ cups cooking apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Lightly grease pie plate. Fill with sliced apples mixed with lemon juice. Pie pan should be about ⅔ full.
  2. Sprinkle cinnamon and 3 teaspoons sugar over apples.
  3. Mix sugar, melted butter, and pecans in a separate bowl. Stir in beaten egg, flour and salt. Spread over apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes or until golden brown.



Sandy, thanks for an easy recipe. Tastes fabulous! I’ll think of you and Amanda every time I make it–which is the cool thing about sharing recipes. Usually makes lifetime memories.

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Pam April 11, 2017 at 9:26 am

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


Laura October 1, 2015 at 9:04 am

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


Faith December 18, 2013 at 11:56 am

enjoy this yummy!


Faith December 18, 2013 at 11:51 am



AlyB November 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Thank you, Paula, Sandy and Amanda! This pie was fantastic and so easy to prepare. It’s like a cross between apple crisp and pie – heaven! It will certainly grace my Thanksgiving Day table this year.

Continued thanks for all you share on your blog, Paula. Your styling and photography are top-notch, just like your recipes 🙂


Deb Koltis November 9, 2013 at 10:29 am

I have done this recipe for years as I’m not a pie crust eater. This recipe can be done in a gluten-free version as well and if you don’t like pecans, I’ve used walnuts too. Great recipe for great eating 🙂


Alexa July 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

AMAZING!!! This is literally te best recipe I have ever found online! Even my apple hating brother can’t resist the taste of it. I’ve made more than three times in the last two weeks so good so buttery so sweet. Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing recipe.


Paula July 10, 2013 at 11:35 am

Glad to hear it. Easy too since you don’t have to make a crust! Thanks for writing.


Pam November 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

Love your blog! Could you tell me what kind of apples you used. I think I’ll try this recipe for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing 🙂


Angie October 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm

After perfecting the 1st attempt, this is surely a keeper. Not that I’m a crust-a-phobe, but it just makes life easier, (talking about a novice in the kitchen plus a 20 month old toddler, whew!) and you still get all that cinammony goodness, yum!
Thanks a lot for sharing. Stay inspired Paula!


Paula October 26, 2012 at 9:34 am

So glad you liked the pie and thanks for writing to say so. Sometimes no crust can be a good thing.

Good luck with your toddler and cooking. Could be a challenging combination. 🙂


Georgie September 25, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I love this recipe. Since I’m diabetic, I made it with Splenda. Because splenda makes things a bit dry, I added a splash of milk to the “dough” to help it go over apples easier. It worked pretty well though nothing would have been as good as pure sugar! If a person doesn’t like the amount of butter, I guess they could use Smart Balance. But nothing tastes as good as real butter! Thanks for posting the recipe.


Paula September 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Inspired. Love how you improvised to suit your particular diet. Thanks for taking the time to write and share.


Rummy May 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm

This pie is amazing! Thank you for sharing the recipe. It’s so easy to make and so delicious!


Gary April 14, 2011 at 7:31 am

What size pie plate did you use since 2.5 cups of apples is not a whole lot.


Paula April 14, 2011 at 7:39 am

Gary, 9-inch. You are right–not a lot of apples. But this is not the traditional apple pie. It’s not cake either but the apples are bound together by a very thin but rich batter which is why you don’t need a crust to hold it. This is definitely one of the most popular recipes on this blog although certainly not original with me.


Gary April 14, 2011 at 7:43 am

Great! Thanks for your swift reply. It’s on the weekend menu!


Betty April 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I am so excited about this recipe. I like different recipes that I have never tried before. Thanks.


tricia February 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I had the pleasure of meeting two special members of your family last night at a book signing – Sandy & Amanda. It was fun to learn about your creative website. I look forward to making Sandy’s pie, as well as a few other recipes from salad-in-a-jar.


Paula February 15, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Hi Tricia, Welcome. Know you must have had a great time seeing Pioneer Woman. Sandy’s pie is fabulous. You won’t be disappointed. Thanks for stopping by.


tricia February 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Paula, would you please thank Sandy for me? My family loves the Swedish Apple Pie.
I’m going to share your website with a friend who is a blue ribbon pie baker at the TX State Fair. Thanks so much – and I think your new photo with your treasured bowl is really cute.


Paula February 22, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Thanks Tricia, and I’ll pass the word on to Sandy.


Charlotte October 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I have been making this recipe for 10 years now and will never go back to a traditional 2 crust apple pie. It is always requested that I bring it for potluck’s and family get togethers. Over the years I have tried using margarine and sugar substitutes but nothing compares to the original recipe.


Paula October 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I have not tried any substitutes myself so good to know. I’m always amazed at how popular this dish is considering how easy it is.


Laura October 3, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I stumbled upon your website last week when I was searching for a balsamic salad dressing recipe, your creamy balsamic dressing was great but this pie recipe is to die for! Even my husband who is not usually a desert lover asked for seconds! I did cut the butter down to 8 T and am going to work on a few other edits to cut down on fat and calories as I know I will want to be making and eating this often! Thanks for posting, it was delicious.


Pat August 8, 2010 at 10:59 am

Can’t wait to try it! I’v passed it along to all on my mailing list….


David August 8, 2010 at 6:31 am

I don’t want to eat anything that contains nearly one cup of sugar and 10 tablespoons of butter. I’ll pass … thank you.


Paula August 8, 2010 at 6:37 am

David, Each to his own. Only a small slice is needed for a special treat. Thanks for dropping by.


Suzette August 6, 2010 at 10:10 am

Thanks for sharing this fabulous looking recipe! I can’t wait to try it—I have always hated to make pies because of that obnoxious crust thing!! I’ll take this to the next Brother’s Keeper get-together at church…..


Paula August 8, 2010 at 9:58 pm

You will be the hit of the party. Be sure to serve with ice cream or whipped cream and of course, warm.


Ann February 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm

This looks wonderful, Tyler LOVES Apple Pie- so I might have to do this one…


marykristen January 27, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I am going to have to try this recipe! Thank you!


Katrina January 26, 2010 at 11:41 am

Ooh, one of my downfalls is apple pie! YOu’d think it was chocolate, but sitting here Sunday night was a French Silk Pie and a little apple galette I made with the leftover crust and I only took a little bite of the pie and ate way too much of the galette! Love the easy idea of no crust!


Susan January 25, 2010 at 9:58 pm

What a fabulous looking pie! (And pie dish!) I am definitely going to be making this one before the end of the week! Can’t wait to taste it!


mike January 25, 2010 at 9:57 pm

These are some of the most wonderful apple pie photos I’ve ever seen… this looks WONDERFUL! Now… are “cooking” apples Granny Smith or Golden Delicious? I just inherited a bunch of Fuji’s from work…. and yes, I’m a recovering crust-a-holic. I’ve made one too many bad ones!


Susie January 25, 2010 at 5:18 pm

such a delicious recipe, am so glad it made it to the blog!


Kitchen Butterfly January 25, 2010 at 2:25 pm

♥ from one apple pie lover to another!


Sandy January 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Thank you Paula for featuring one of my favorite recipes. I usually only make it on special occassions when there are plenty of friends and family to help me eat it. Your pie turned out beautiful and I could almost taste it just by looking at it. Thank you for the kind words. I love having an extended family.


Mimi January 25, 2010 at 10:40 am

Nice idea to skip the crust, I’ll count that as a calorie savings, making this a reduced calorie apple pie. See how I am working it into my diet.


Debbie January 24, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Looks great and perfect for me as I am not a pie crust lover. Unfortunately, my husband is but he will eat anything sweet!! Well, anything really! Can’t wait to try it!!


Mommas Soapbox January 24, 2010 at 2:40 pm

You always make the most YUMMIEST (is that a word?) recipes!

Love not having to make a crust. I’m going to have to try this one out….

Hunk and the rugrats are sure to love it.


Christine @ Fresh Local and Best January 24, 2010 at 11:50 am

I love the idea of no pie crust! I will have to try this recipe!


Amanda January 24, 2010 at 11:06 am

Mmmm, I think I should have taken some leftovers home. 🙂


Jill January 24, 2010 at 8:32 am

That looks so delicious, and how nice that there’s no crust to roll! The topping looks a little questionable before baking, but it sure looks good after!


MaryMoh January 24, 2010 at 1:56 am

I would really love a piece of this. Looks so pretty and delicious. Beautiful photo.


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