Swedish Apple Dessert in a Jar
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This is an inspired Swedish Apple Dessert. It’s not quite a cake, not quite a pie, and for this reason, I decided to bake it in mason jars. You may notice, I’m getting very comfortable baking in jars.
This special apple dessert is called apple cake over at Delishhh, published by Ewa who lives in Seattle, and is originally from Sweden. Ewa, pronounced Eva, wrote a glowing post about this apple cake which drew me in.
I chose this not quite apple pie, because the recipe was very unusual. I bake a lot and I’ve never seen a recipe like this before. It’s not really a cake, because there is no cake batter, and it’s not a pie, because there is no pie dough. It’s not a cobbler and it’s not a crisp. The dough is butter, flour and sugar, but no liquid. It’s mixed together, refrigerated and rolled out and then placed as a topping over the apples.
As I was making the dough, I couldn’t figure out why there wasn’t any liquid added into the batter, but it works. It’s delicious and buttery. I’ve made it twice, the first time, sticking to the original recipe, which turned out to be too sweet for me, and the second time I put it in jars and cut the sugar by 2 tablespoons.
This is an easy dessert for anyone who is afraid to bake. You can make the recipe the way Ewa did and bake it one baking dish, or do it individually in jars. I used half pint jars. I wrote about baking jars in my red velvet in a jar post I’m hooked. The recipe will make 8 half pint jars or one 9 inch cake pan.
Swedish Apple Dessert in a Jar
- 9 tbsp 125g room temperature butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cups and 2 tbsp 200 ml all purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 4 medium sized granny smith apples
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Mix together butter and sugar with a mixer or by hand. Mix together flour and baking power and add to butter and sugar mixture. Pull this mixture together to form a dough. It won't be a batter or a pie crust, but you can form it into a small dough. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Peel and slice apples. Mix brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon together. Mix with apples. Squeeze lemon over apples. Mix again with hands.
- Take dough out of refrigerator and roll out. Place apples in 8 half-pint mason jars or in a large baking dish that fit the apples. Place dough over apples. It will not be perfect.
- If baking in jars, bake at 375 for 25 to 30 minutes. If baking in one baking pan, bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
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It came out get. It was also quick and easy.
Could these be frozen and given as gifts?
It’s funny that Greg calls it a crisp due to the crust, but it does seem to creep closer to a pie with that crust. Isn’t it great how desserts can take on so many forms and remain somewhat nameless? Love the sound of it.
Crystal, I know. I can’t call it a crisp because there are no oats. It’s very unique, but I can see how it’s mistaken for that.
I’m not a baker but I love the idea of baking in those little jars, so cute and just the right portion size too.
I’m sure if you wanted to bake you could. You are such a fabulous cook!
I adore mason jars. They remind me of a time that was much simpler. Apple desserts seem perfect to make in them. I’ll have to try this…it looks delicious!
I am so in love with mason jars too, Jenna. I use them for all sort of things.
This looks so good. Perfect small treat in the jar. Large treat in a bowl!!
This looks divine Angela! I just made an apple dessert so I feel like we’re on the same wavelength! 😉
I remember my neighbour giving me a a pie that was not a pie like this. They were from somewhere in Europe. I never did get the recipe but..hey now I have it.
Thanks, Val. It’s a very easy dessert.
The crust is close to what I call a crisp. GREG
what a great recipe- yay for src 🙂
baking in jars is so fun! this cake sounds phenomenal. 🙂
Mmm, this looks delicious. I love how easy it is and the dough sounds really good.
Love the idea of baking in jars Angela! Looks amazing too!
This looks wonderful! Your selection for SRC is excellent. I have never baked in mason jars but I think it is time to give it a go! I am in Group B and stopping by for a quick peak…pinning this one!
Thanks for stopping by, Kate.
I swear Angela, I just adore anything in a canning jar, especially if it is a wonderful little dessert like this one. Isn’t it crazy that it took so long for all us cooks to realize that canning jars can have so many other uses? I just found a cookbook that is all food in jars….I love it.. Great entry.
I love when you stop by.
I love anything with apples so I am really curious about the topping and how this whole dessert tastes
Great choice for the SRC and I can’t wait to give this a go
It almost tastes like an apple crisp, but there isn’t any oatmeal.
LOVE the idea of baking these in jars! Too cute!
Sounds delicious and looks so cute baked in the jars, something that I never would have thought to do but genius. Great SRC pick.
If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry Loaded Potato Soup.
I’m intrigued – what an interesting recipe! It’s always so fun to see how these unusual recipes turn out for different cooks. And I definitely have a soft spot for things baked in mason jars – glad to find like minded cooks! 😉
Mason jars are the best invention ever. I agree, Jess.
These look delicious – and cute! I love the idea of baking in jam jars…I’ve never thought of that. Nice pick for the SRC this month.
I haven’t made desserts in jars yet (though I know it’s a craze). But I love mini individual deserts and apple pie/crumble is one of my favorites. Mmm!
I agree. Mini desserts are such fun.
How creative. This is one of my favorite cakes to bake – and eating with some vanilla ice cream it is even better. I will have to make it in individual jars next time. Great post and awesome pictures!
Yes I agree. I ate it with vanilla ice cream. Thanks for such a great recipe.
Huge fan of easy desserts – tho they can be oh so dangerous. Also a fan of your blog – which I was assigned this month via SRC 🙂 http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog/2013/03/time.html for my take on your amazing roasted pasta & broccoli dish!
I love the idea of this dessert, it’s a great choice! I can’t wait to make it for my pie loving husband to see how much he’s going to love it 🙂
It’s the strangest pie cake but good.
Delicious! I love such comforting desserts.