last weekend, staring down a satchel of apples picked that very afternoon, i browsed a friend's copy of the apple lover's cookbook…and by the end of the week, i had my own. i'm truly considering baking my way through this book over the coming cold months, but for now, here's a useful little recipe i plan to keep close at hand.
interesting, delicious, and slightly less decadent than its traditional sibling, swedish apple pie is incredibly simple: peeled and sliced apples topped with a batter of flour, sugar, butter, and egg. the batter settles around the apples as it bakes, so the result is more like cake and less like crust.
4 large firm-tart apples (peeled, sliced, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 T + 1 cup all-purpose flour
2 T + 1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 sticks salted butter (at room temperature)
1 large egg
preheat the oven to 375 F and set aside a greased pie dish.
toss the apple slices with the cinnamon, 1 T of flour, and 2 T of sugar. arrange the slices flat and in an even layer in the pie dish (if you're using a 9-inch pie dish, it will look quite full. this is good! and there will be plenty of room for the batter).
with a standing or hand-held mixer, combine the remaining flour and sugar with the butter and egg. spread the batter over the apples with a spatula.
bake until the top is golden brown (40-45 minutes). cool on a rack for 30 minutes.
serve with ice cream and indulge with friends, or pair it with coffee and call it breakfast.