Crustless Apple Pie

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This scrumptious, no crust apple pie is simply a layer of baked, juicy, tender apples topped with a buttery, brown sugar crumble topping.  It’s as easy as pie without crust.

I found this recipe is one of my church cookbooks and it immediately reminded my of my crustless peach pie recipe.  It is peach pie without crust and this is apple pie without crust and both these crustless pies are flavor bombs for your taste buds.

I absolutely loved the mind blowing apple flavor of this unconventional crustless apple pie.  Also, I loved the fact that is was a breeze to make with minimal prep time.  Hoping you enjoy this crustless apple gem as much as me and my friends did.

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Apple Pie Without Crust And Mess

If you’re looking to impress without the mess this crustless fruit pie is just perfect for you. 

Yes, crustless apple pie has all the deliciousness and yum of a juicy apple pie, but without the hassle and mess of the traditional pastry crust.  It’s like having your pie and eating it to.

So, if you’re ready to say good bye to dough dissasters or if you just detest making pie crust, join the no crust revolution with this apple pie without pastry crust. 

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Crustless Apple Crumble

So, if this apple pie without pastry crust is a no pastry pie, is it just baked apples in a pie dish.  Oh no, I wouldn’t tease and excite you with the yumminess of apple pie and then let you down with just baked apples in a pie dish.  

This no pastry apple pie uses a buttery, sweet crumble on top to replace the tradtional apple pie pie crust.  And folks, this crumble and the juicy apples create such a luscious, delicious sweet symphony of flavors that your taste buds will forget the existence of pastry pie crust.. 

So, let’s get ready to crumble and leave traditional pie crust weeping in envy.

No Crust Apple Pie

Apple Pie Without Cinnamon

I always think of apple pie as a cinnamony, warm, fall apple dessert.  Well, this apple pie is not only missing the crust, it’s missing the cinnamon.  BUT STOP!  Don’t Google away, because this cinnamonless apple pie or apple pie without cinnamon is mouthwateringly delicious. 

I know, it’s hard to grasp, but the lack of cinnamon in this crustless apple pie allows the sweet and tart flavors of the apples to explode.  This apple-icious explosion combined with the buttery, sweetness of the crumble topping will win over even the most diehard cinnamon lover.

Swedish Apple Pie Recipe? Well Kinda

After Googling “Crustless Apple Pie”, another no crust apple dessert began to appear in my search results and that was Swedish Apple Pie.  Swedish apple pie, oh my, what is Swedish apple pie?

Turns out Swedish apple pie is also an apple pie with no crust and similar to this crustless apple pie recipe. Both Swedish  apple pie and this crustless apple pie are apple pies without pastry crust, both have a topping and both are baked in pie dishes.

These crustless pies are different in that the recipe for Swedish apple pie includes cinnamon.  It is also topped with a crispy, sugar cookie like topping, as opposed to the crumble topping on this crustless apple pie.

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Tools Used In Crustless Apple Pie Crumble 

Ingredients In Crustless Apple Pie Recipe

  • 2 – 3 apples – 2 large apples and 1 medium baking apple or 2 large baking apples. Apples need to be peeled, cored and sliced.
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar (equals 1/8 cup brown sugar)
  • 4 tbsp butter – room temperature
crustless apple pie crumble

How To Make Crustless Apple Pie

  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Toss the apple slices with lemon juice in a mixing bowl.
  • Fill a buttered 9 inch pie pan with the apple slices.
  • Drizzle maple syrup over apples.
  • In a mixing bowl combine flour, salt and brown sugar.
  • Put in room temperture butter, but do not over mix (texture should be a crumble).
  • Scatter mixture over apples.
  • Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.  Until top is a crispy golden brown.
  • Cool for 20 minutes or just dig in while it’s hot.

Tips For The Best, Easy No Crust Apple Pie

  • If you are a die hard apple lover you will probably want to use 3 apples. I am a die hard crumble lover and I thought this crustless pie was amazing with 2 large apples. 2 large apples barely covers the pie plate, which is fine by me, but probably not someone who is all about the apples.
  • If possible choose fresh apples that are in season for this crustless apple pie.  Fresh, ripe apples will have a strong apple aroma. Unripe apples will be overly hard and to green or yellow.  (See below for the best apples to use for this crustless pie)
  • Look for firm apples with no bruises or bug holes.
  • Cut all your apples into similar sized slices.  Nobody wants to bite into a big piece of apple that didn’t get cooked all the way.
  • Recipe prep time is 10 to 15 minutes depending on how fast you can peel and slice your apples.
  • You can substitute 2 tablespoons of brown sugar for the 2 tablespoons of maple syrup in the apple mixture.
crustless apple crumble

Toppings For Crustless Apple Pie

This crustless apple crumble pie is mouthwaterly delicious and absolutely amazing by itself with no toppings.  However, if you’d like to elevate this simple apple pie without crust to an even higher level try topping it with one of, or a combo of, these:

  • A scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Whipped cream
  • A caramel drizzle 

Best Apples For Baking Crustless Apple Pie

There are apples galore at the grocery store.  Just orchards of apple diversity, but which ones are the best for apple baking, especially for baking this easy crustless apple pie recipe?  Which apple or apples will make your taste buds tingle and have them doing the happy dance?

This article from Betty Crocker says, “Baking Apples” rain supreme for baking pies and crisps.  A baking apple is one that is firm and holds its structure during baking.  In other words, it doesn’t get all mushy while baking.

These baking apples include:

  • Braeburn Apples – Strong apple flavor
  • Cortland Apples – Sweet and tart
  • Honey Gold Apples – Sweet and crisp
  • Jonathan Apples – Mildly sweet with a tart tang
  • Fuji Apples – Sugary-sweet flavor
  • Gala Apples – Sweet and smooth
  • Granny Smith Apples – Nice, lovely tartness
  • Haralson Apples – Tart flavor
  • Newtown Pippin Apples – Sweet-tart flavor

You can use all of one type of apple in this recipe for crustless apple pie, or you can take it to the next level and add a delightful apple-peeling flavor punch by combining different types of apples in your no crust apple pie. 

I used Granny Smith Apples and Gala Apples in my crustless apple pie recipe and this was a delicious and tantalizing melody of sweet and tart apple flavors that was just perfect for this no crust apple dessert.

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Should I Peel Apples For This No Crust Pie

To peel or not to peel that is the question.  I nearly always peel my apples when I apple bake.  The skin doesn’t break down enough during baking (not like good ole peach skin) and this can make for a tougher texture.  However, feel free to leave the skin on if you like.

How To Store No Crust Apple Pie

This crustless apple pie is just so darn, slap yo mama delicious, and it’s not a large recipe, so there will probably be no leftovers.  However, in case there is, you can store them as follows:

  • Cover the remainder well and store at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.
  • Cover the remainder well and store in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
  • Place the leftovers in a freezer safe container and freeze up to 3 months.  The crustless pie might not come out of the freezer quite as perfect as when it went in.  You might find the crumble on top a little softer.  However, it’s still a very enjoyable treat.

This post from Freeze It says, to defrost the frozen apple pie with no crust, just pop it in the fridge overnight or you can heat it up in the oven from its frozen state.

simple apple pie recipe without crust

Crustless Apple Pie That’s a Wrap

This no crust apple pie recipe is an apple lover’s fantasy.  With no cinnamon and no pastry crust the apples are the star of the pie.  You will love how they stand out and how they blend perfectly and deliciously with the buttery, sweet crumble on top.  This no crust apple pie crumble uses simple ingredients and is crazy easy to make.  You just can’t go wrong with this crustless apple pie recipe.  It’s just perfect for fall or anytime of year.

In case you have any queries regarding the recipe feel free to reach out via the comment section or the contact page. Also, if you have tried this recipe, I would love to hear about your experiences.

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Crustless Apple Pie (Easiest Apple Pie Ever)

A layer of baked, juicy apples topped with a sweet, buttery crumble.
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword crustless apple pie, apple pie with no crust, no crust apple pie,
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 290kcal
Cost $3.50

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 baking apples – 2 large and 1 medium or 2 large apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • ½ Cup All-purpose flour
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter room temperature

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375℉
  • Toss the apple slices with lemon juice in mixing bowl.
    2 to 3 baking apples – 2 large and 1 medium or 2 large apples, 2 Tablespoons Lemon juice
  • Fill a buttered 9 inch pie pan with the apple slices.
  • Drizzle maple syrup over apples.
    2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • In a mixing bowl combine flour, salt and brown sugar.
    ½ Cup All-purpose flour, ¼ Teaspoon Salt, 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • Put in room temperature butter, but do not over mix (texture should be a crumble).
    4 Tablespoons Butter
  • Scatter mixture over apples.
  • Bake for 30 to 45 minutes. Until top is a crispy golden brown.
  • Cool for 20 minutes or just dig in while it's hot.

Notes

  • If you are a die hard apple lover you will probably want to use 3 apples. I am a die hard crumble lover and I thought this crustless pie was amazing with 2 large apples. 2 large apples barely covers the pie plate, which is fine by me, but probably not someone who is all about the apples.
  • If possible choose fresh apples that are in seaon for this crustless apple pie.  Fresh, ripe apples will have a strong apple aroma. Unripe apples will be overly hard and to green or yellow.  
  • Look for firm apples with no bruises or bug holes.
  • Cut all your apples into similar sized slices.  Nobody wants to bite into a big piece of apple that didn’t get cooked all the way.
  • Recipe prep time is 10 to 12 minutes depending on how fast you can peel and slice your apples.
  • You can substitute 2 tablespoons of brown sugar for maple syrup in the apple mixture.
  • To elevate this simple apple pie without crust an even higher level of yum serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 290kcal

4 Comments

  1. I’m sorry but crust is what makes it a pie. Otherwise it’s a crisp

  2. I love this. I used unpeeled Cortlands. I wanted a recipe that uses maple syrup. Even after 40 minutes, topping was nicely soft. My new favorite apple recipe.

    1. This makes me so, so happy. Thanks for sharing. I absolutely loved this recipe. The maples syrup added a wonderful flavor and I love the way the apple flavor stood out. Thanks again. Happy Baking

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