Swedish Apple Pie Recipe

Megan Myers | Stetted

Swedish Apple Pie is a dessert that's been around for generations. A tradition that deserves to keep going.

Swedish Apple Pie Photo

Even though my family loves to eat apples all year long, in the fall I tend to start tucking them into everything we eat. Breakfast is obviously a go-to, like in these whole wheat apple cinnamon muffins, but we also like to go savory in one of my older son's favorite dinner dish, which combines apples with sausage and cabbage. And then of course there is the classic apple pie.

I'm not quite sure how apple pie came to be known as such a quintessential American dessert, but plenty of other cultures have embraced the apple pie and put their own spin on it. One of my favorites is Swedish apple pie.

There are all sorts of variations on Swedish apple pie (you might be familiar with the one sold at IKEA), but this version from my copy of Swedish Recipes Old and New is a favorite. The cookbook was created by the American Daughters of Sweden in 1955, so you know these are the recipes that have been cooked for generations!

Swedish Apple Pie Picture

In my opinion, community cookbooks like this are one of the best ways to see into the past. And being able to taste the past makes it even better!

The best thing about this Swedish apple pie is that there is no fussy crust to roll out. In fact, this is more like a cake than a pie, and very similar to a cobbler. That means I can make it any time I want without needing to wait for dough to chill or crying about cracked crusts. (It's happened.) And, it also means I can cut into it and enjoy right away — who has time for pie to cool?

As the pie bakes the batter fills in the spaces between the apples, creating bits of buttery, cakey goodness for each bite.

Swedish Apple Pie Image

When it's done baking you have the moment of truth where you have to flip the pie out onto a plate, but if a few apples stick to the pan you can just sneakily put them back in place. And don't forget, a good dollop of whipped cream will hide any structural damage.

Try a slice of Swedish apple pie with Dan's apple bourbon bellini for a doubly fall treat!

Swedish Apple Pie Pic

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Swedish Apple Pie Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 4 cups Apple Slices, Peeled
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar, Plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Finely Chopped Pecans
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Whipped Cream, For serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and butter a 9-inch pie plate or cake pan.
  2. Spread apples evenly in the pan. Mix together 1 tablespoon sugar, cinnamon, and pecans and sprinkle over the apples.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg.
  4. In another bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder, then stir into butter mixture. Batter will be somewhat thick, more like cookie dough than a batter.
  5. Spoon batter over apples and spread as best you can to cover all areas.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Let pie rest in pan 5 minutes, then turn out onto a serving plate or cake stand. Serve warm with whipped cream.


Source: From Swedish Recipes Old and New
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Author: Megan Myers
Source: From Swedish Recipes Old and New
Recipe Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 136
Calories 346

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g
  Saturated Fat 8g
Sodium 84mg
Total Carbohydrate 47g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 32g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Megan Myers

About Megan

Megan is known for her commitment to eating local, fresh food and leading a well-fed life, as documented on her blog, Stetted. Around these parts, though, she's known for her commitment to phenomenal breakfast recipes.

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