dessert, Easy Recipes, food, Granny Smith Apples, Hong Kong International School, Swedish Apple Pie, Top-Crust Apple Pie, Vanilla Cream Sauce
Every year Hong Kong International School holds a World’s Fair and every year 6th-12th grade I eagerly awaited the Fair. It wasn’t the games or vendors that I anticipated, it was the food court. Moms from all the different countries represented at our school would have food booths selling food from their home country. I would make a bee-line for the Greek booth for lunch and then make my way to the ever-popular Swedish booth for the most PERFECT apple pie I had ever tasted in my life. The line was always long but it was SO worth the wait! They served it with a vanilla cream sauce, the combination of which made my eyes roll slightly back in my head while I savored every bite. Our family always bought an extra whole pie to take home. I probably ate half of it myself (while simultaneously feeling enormously generous for leaving the other members of my family one entire slice each).
I could LIVE on this pie. You think I’m kidding, but let’s think about this logically. It has apples – so I would be getting plenty of healthy fruit (an apple a day, you know…) The topping has flour so that’s practically like eating bread. The vanilla sauce has calcium AND protein, so I have all the major bases covered and I would never have to worry about osteoporosis as I age! Not to mention that vanilla beans are practically magical. They’re so delicious I’m convinced they hold some kind of mystical health benefits we just haven’t discovered yet. I should have been a nutrition major. I clearly have a gift for it.
If you don’t know this about me already, I have strong feelings on the subject of pie crust. Mostly that it is an unfortunate necessary evil to deal with when one would like to enjoy a piece of pie. But the Swedes are genius. They’ve solved that with an entirely different type of crust and it is on top to boot. No tasteless, cardboard, pie crust here. Between this pie and IKEA I’m pretty sure they will soon be in prime position to take over the world. Would that be so bad? Give this pie a try and judge for yourself!
Swedish Apple Pie
- 4-6 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and sliced (enough to fill a 9 inch pie pie pan 3/4 full.)
- cinnamon-sugar mixture – however you like it. I tend to go heavier on the cinnamon than the sugar.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter – melted
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place sliced apples in a 9 inch pie pan and sprinkle enough cinnamon-sugar mixture to lightly cover the top.
Mix together the butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla, then add the beaten egg, and add the flour. Stir until mixed. If you need to, stop for sustenance: Pour the batter over the top of the apples and bake for one hour or until golden brown.
For the Vanilla Cream Sauce I use this recipe: http://www.joyofbaking.com/CremeAnglaise.html
Andy would eat it by the spoonful until it was gone if I let him. I recently made a double batch of it just so we would have plenty of extra for eating over fresh berries. It made an obscene amount and it totally made my husband’s day! 🙂
Pour some over your pie and enjoy!
My fave! Very similar to a recipe I use, I could really go for some now… lol
alexandra [@ sweet betweens blog] said:
Yum! That looks fabulous. I remember with the most fondness the dragon beards candy – spun sugar topped with peanut crumbs? The likes of which you unfortunately cannot find in Nashville!
Now I need to make Swedish Apple PIe. Wow, dragon’s beard candy–I hadn’t thought of that in years. I used to love it. Okay, Sarah, there’s your next challenge! : )
WHY don’t I remember this dragon’s beard candy?!? I was obviously like a deer in the headlights over this apple pie and neglected another winner. Will have to do some research now and see what I can come up with! 🙂
Alison Denler said:
Sarah, this sounds delicious and I am definitely going to have to make some for my family! Thanks for sharing! I love the pictures, too!
Thank you Alison! I hope you guys enjoy it! 🙂
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