Swedish Apple Pie?

apple pie

I would like to begin this post by telling you that I had never baked any apple pie prior to this. I always considered making an apple pie a time-consuming process. I admired the apple pies my friends made, but I just never made any myself because the fancy pie crust/layout just looked very difficult.

This apple pie here, however, is very very simple.

A Korean girl who’s married to a Swedish guy introduced this pie to me. I was so so so impressed by how simple it was to make a ‘Swedish Apple Pie’. “Yeah, can you believe how simple this is? My mother-in-law makes an apple pie this way”, she said. I was so amazed.

Not knowing the recipe, but wanting to try this out myself, I googled the recipe of “Swedish Apple Pie”. I found a few, not great ones though. It left me in  awe, wondering how something so wonderfully simple isn’t known to everyone. And after a few days of research, I found my answer. What I called a “Swedish apple pie” is generally known as apple crisp, apple crumble or brown Betty in English-speaking western countries. Really? How could I not have noticed? It’s not like I never had apple crumble before. Hum… I guess the apple crumble I got from restaurants in Canada was always served on a plate so I never took notice of how it would have looked coming out from the oven. Or maybe it was just its name. Swedish People do call it “apple pie”. Different names? Must be different things.

My grandmothers from both sides don’t bake. My mother doesn’t bake. My aunts don’t bake. I do not know any woman in my family asides from my sister and I that bake. No one owns an oven. In case anyone wonders, no…Asians(that live in Asia) don’t usually have ovens at home. Asians typically boil, fry, steam and pickle their(our) food. The only way I get to learn about Western food is through TV, eating in friends’  homes or restaurants. Luckily, there’s internet now. I get to google about everything that I want to know.

When I try to recall dessert names that I know that are related to apples, I can think of pie, crumble, cobbler and strudel. It appeared that most people probably would not be able to differentiate the differences. So, here is what I found. Click the link below if you are interested:

Crumble, Cobbler, Crisp, Buckle, Brown Betty: What’s The Difference? 

apple crisp

And here I share with you a recipe I used for making my “Swedish apple pie”:

A Swedish Apple Pie, a.k.a. Apple Crisp


  • 125 g (1/2 cup) butter or margarine at room temperature
  • 1 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced or diced apple


Preheat the oven to 200 degree celsius. Mix flour and sugar in a bowl. Cut in the butter or margarine or use hands to mix the butter in the flour mixture until it forms a crumbly dough. Grease a pie dish with 24 to 26 centimeters in diameter. Add sliced ​​or diced apple, sprinkle with cinnamon and sweeten lightly with sugar. Mix well. Distribute then crumble over the apple pieces and bake for about 20 minutes until the pie golden.

P.S. It appears to be best served with vanilla sauce.

Source: http://www.smulpaj.se/appelpaj


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