More like a cake than a traditional pie, this Norwegian Apple Pie recipe can be made quickly with items you already have in the cupboard.
My first food related job (many, many years ago) was working in the kitchen of a high-end seasonal restaurant. For most of the day it was just me, the “salad girl” and the baker. It was a wonderful learning experience. Every day I peeled about 50 pounds of potatoes and made fish chowder, by the gallon. I made several salad dressings and tartar sauce from scratch, also by the gallon. And I did all this while the baker was making dinner rolls, blueberry muffins, gingerbread and this cake-like pie.
I left that job after graduating from high school with a fist full of recipes that I have used in the 30 plus years since. Lena’s gingerbread is still my go-to recipe and I still make Mrs. Kelly’s (the manager) Norwegian Apple Pie when the apples are fresh in the fall.
You can use any kind of apples here, but I personally prefer that old-fashioned standby – Golden Delicious. The apple can be peeled or not, it’s up to you. Don’t be tempted to leave out or substitute for the cardamom or almond extract though. They are what make Mrs. Kelly’s version special.
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 tsp almond extract
- ⅛ tsp ground cardamom
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup diced apple
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, beat together egg, sugar, extract and baking powder until fluffy.
- Stir in flour and cardamom until blended.
- Fold in walnuts and apple.
- Spoon mixture into a greased 8 or 9 inch pie pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
- Serve with ice cream or topped with whipped cream.