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.
- 9 tbsp (125g) room temperature butter
- ½ cup sugar
- ¾ cups and 2 tbsp (200 ml) all purpose flour
- ¾ 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.