Today is Apple Day, celebrate with this easy peasy Swedish Apple Pie.  We are very lucky in Gloucestershire to have a strong apple growing history.  Embrace that history by visiting a local pick your own farm.  I have great childhood memories of apple picking each year.  Even if you only pick a small amount to enjoy it’s a great chance to experience the different varieties that often don’t make it to the shops.  Local farmers markets are also a way to taste an array of apples.
This recipe is a old family favourite, I have no idea if it is really Swedish, it very well could be as my grandmother’s side of the family immigrated from Sweden to America in the 1890’s.  Regardess, it’s delicious, quick to make and has a indescribable crispy crust that melts in your mouth.  The final result is a cross between apple crumble, apple cake and apple pie.  Don’t be shy of the large amount of cinnamon in the filling, it gives the pie a great flavour but does not overpower.  Traditional apple pie will always be king to my husband, but this version of apple pie has a special place in my heart and much quicker and easier to make.  The recipe works great with cookers and eaters. Hope you enjoy.

Swedish Apple Pie

4-6 large apples, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon

170g melted butter
125g sugar
150g plain flour
75g chopped walnuts
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 180C or Gas Mark 4.  Grease a small pie tin or shallow cake tin.  
Prepare apples and toss with cinnamon and sugar.  Place in pie tin.  Apples should fill pan to about 2/3 full, add more apples if needed.  
In a small bowl, combine butter, sugar, flour, nuts and beaten egg.  Pour over the apples.  Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream or double cream.

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