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Apple Pie, Swedish Style

With a short growing season, Scandinavian harvests are a special occasion.  Fruits that keep well or preserve well are especially common in the cuisine of the northern countries.

Apple desserts are autumn and winter favorites.  Here's a Swedish Apple Pie to bake with this fall's apples. It doesn't have the typical pie crusts that Americans are used to.  Instead, it resembles a coffee cake or cobbler more than a crusted pie.   The batter is mixed with the apples and the whole mixture is baked in a pie plate.   Much easier than a crusted pie, and a nice change of pace if you're used to the American apple pie.

If you don't have almonds or white whole wheat flour on hand, simpler substitutes are noted.

Swedish Apple Pie

    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
    1/4 cup finely ground almonds (or another 1/4 cup all-purpose flour)
    3/4 cup sugar
    1/4 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
    2 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp vanilla
    1/4 tsp almond extract (or another 1/4 tsp vanilla)
    4 egg whites
    2 cups apples

    2 tbsp sugar
    1/2 tbsp cinnamon
    1/8 tbsp ground cardamom (optional)

Peel and chop the apples, set them aside.  Mix the flours, sugar, cardamom (optional) and baking powder together, then add the egg whites and blend thoroughly.   The batter will be stiff.  Fold in the chopped apples.  Put mixture into a greased pie plate.  Mix the sugar, cinammon and cardamom together, then sprinkle over the top of the apple-batter mixture.

Bake at 350F for 35 minutes.  Serves 4-6.


Another apple dessert, recipe on the web: a Norwegian Hot Apple Dessert, with apple slices fried in carmelized sugar, and topped with vanilla sauce.

And yet another Scandinavian apple dessert, recipe on the web: Danish Applesauce Bread Crumb Pudding, which you can make with bottled chunky applesauce or homemade applesauce (recipe included). The lingonberry preserves for garnish give it that traditional Scandinavian taste, though you can substitute raspberry preserves if you don't have lingonberry preserves on hand.


 

 


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