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Apple Slab Pie

A slab pie filled with sliced apples, sugar, and spice.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour

Apple Slab Pie – a shallow, rectangular, freeform pie with sliced apples and all the delicious fall spices.

Over the more than ten years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve found that, for some reason, people assume that because I’m a pretty good cook and fairly knowledgeable about food and cuisine, that everything I make in the kitchen must come out looking and tasting wonderful. Where in the world that misbegotten idea came from, I do not know.

Apple Slab Pie - a shallow, rectangular, freeform pie with apples and all the good fall spices. https://www.lanascooking.com/apple-slab-pie

I have kitchen challenges – and failures, big failures – just like any other cook. It’s just that I don’t usually share the big fails :-) Well, today I have a treat (?) for all of you. A look behind the scenes at one of my biggest kitchen challenges – Pie Crust.

Me and Pie Crust – Mutual Disregard

Pie. Crust. I loathe it. Despise it. And it loathes me. We do not get along, pie crust and I. And I don’t know why. I mean, I can bake. I love making yeast doughs. Beautiful shaped loaves, cinnamon rolls, even copycat steakhouse bread. No problem! But pie crust? Nope. No way.

Pie crust has taunted me for years. And I happen to be one of those people who you just do not tell “you can’t do that.” Uh. Excuse me. What did you say? Watch me. And pie crust has spoken to me that way for years. It was time for me to take control of the situation and show pie crust who was boss. Or so I thought…

Maybe I’ll Try a Slab Pie

I decided that this Apple Slab Pie recipe from King Arthur Flour would be a good one to use to tackle my inability to create a pie crust. After all, with a slab pie there’s no fitting the crust into a pan and no need to make a perfect edge. Just make the crust, roll it out, and lay it flat. Easy-peasy. Or so I thought.

I’ve included each individual step below followed by my thoughts in brackets as I worked through the “easy-peasy” making of pie crust. Did I master my kitchen nemesis? Hmmphmmm.

How to Make Apple Slab Pie

Dry ingredients for crust - Apple Slab Pie

Start by making the crust: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar.

[Okay, got that! I can mix dry stuff together.]

Cubed butter for Apple Slab Pie

Cut the cold butter into cubes.

[I know that the butter should be really, really cold but is that freezer cold or refrigerator cold? I decided refrigerator cold was good enough. Got that step, then.]

Butter worked into dry ingredients for Apple Slab Pie

Combine the Butter and Dry Ingredients

Work the cubed butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers or a pastry cutter. Don’t overwork the mixture. There should be larger chunks of butter among the smaller ones.

[I used a pastry cutter because even though my hands are not very warm, I wasn’t taking any chances. I think I’m good with this step but how much work is overworked? I’m not sure but I wound up with some big chunks and some smaller chunks of butter. Maybe I’m still doing okay, but who knows? I don’t.]

Apple Slab Pie crust after adding water

Add the vinegar and 4 tablespoons of water. Toss to combine. Continue adding water one tablespoon at a time to make a chunky, cohesive mixture. The mixture should hold together when you squeeze a handful of it.

[Uh oh, now I’m in trouble. I’ve added the vinegar and water. I’m tossing it all together. I squeeze a handful and it holds but is that because it’s full of butter or because it has enough water. Beats me. I decide it’s wet enough and go on to the next step.]

Divide the dough for Apple Slab Pie

Divide the Dough

Divide the dough into two pieces, one containing about 60% of the dough and the other containing about 40%.

[Looks like about a 60-40 split and I’m happy with that but I also notice all these little pieces flaking off around the two rounds. Maybe that means the dough is dry? Maybe I just didn’t gather it together well enough. Sigh. I loathe pie crust dough. Truly.]

Wrap and refrigerate dough for Apple Slab Pie

Wrap each individually in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold (at least 30 minutes and up to an hour).

[This part I got! I’m a master with plastic wrap.]

Roll Out the Dough

Photo collage showing steps for rolling out dough.

When chilled, remove the larger piece of dough from the refrigerator and roll it out on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle approximately 11×15 inches. Place on a baking sheet and return to the refrigerator while mixing the filling.

[And…here’s the part I despise the most. Rolling out the dang crust. So I start rolling it out and, of course, the edges are cracking like thin ice in the winter. I keep pushing it back together and rolling and pushing it back together and rolling until I get something that looks kinda sorta like a rectangle. Roll it up on my pin and transfer it over to the pan. Whew. Well, at least it’s on the pan. Sorta. Whatever. It’s staying there whether it’s right or not.]

Start preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

[That I can do. By this time I’m wondering why the heck I wanted to try making this dadgum slab pie. Who even wants pie for Pete’s sake. Just let them eat cake. <feels some vague kinship with Marie Antoinette>]

Sugar and spice mixture for Apple Slab Pie

Make the filling:  In a small bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

[At least I can measure dry ingredients together and stir them. I think. I’m not sure I should even be allowed in the kitchen by this time.]

Prepare the Apples

Sliced apples for Apple Slab Pie

Place the apples in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with the lemon juice. Pour over the sugar mixture and toss until evenly coated.

[So it took forever to peel and slice all those apples but I got it done. Poured the sugar and spices over and let it sit. Why? I don’t even remember, I was so rattled by this time. But do you know what happens if you let sugar sit on fruit for a while? Oh yeah. It starts to draw the moisture out and you wind up with a lot of liquid in the bottom of your bowl. But did I think of that? Noooo…..]

Filling the crust for Apple Slab Pie

Remove the baking sheet from the refrigerator and place the apple mixture evenly on top leaving at least a one-inch border all around. Roll the remaining dough into a rectangle approximately 9×13. Lay the top crust over the apples.

[So what did I do? Yes. Poured the apple slices with all the liquid that had pooled in the bottom of the bowl right on top of the crust. Aw, frig it. Just slap the top crust on there and be done with it.]

Seal the Top and Bottom Crusts

Seal edges of crust for Apple Slab Pie

Seal the edges of the two crusts bringing the bottom crust up and over the top crust and folding them together. Brush the entire top and edges of the crust with milk or cream. Sprinkle evenly with your choice of sugar. Slash the top a few times to allow for venting.

[Uh huh. That apple juice is now running all over the baking sheet. What’s that going to do in the oven? Yeah, you know. It’s going to cook and stick to the pan adhering the crust to it like it was welded together in a metal working shop. Slapped on the cream (which I didn’t have so I used 2% milk) and sprinkled that sucker with some turbinado sugar left from last Christmas’ baking because by this time who gives a crap.]

Bake the Pie

Bake for 1 hour. If the crust starts to get too brown before the end of the baking time, cover loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil and continue baking.

[Um yeah. Brown. Try black, burned on apple juice and sugar. Foil’s going to help that, right?]

Baked Apple Slab Pie

Remove pie from the oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Serve with ice cream if desired.

[But do you know what? Even though we had to chisel it off the baking sheet (literally), that dang slab pie was delicious! I mean, really, put enough vanilla ice cream on anything and it tastes pretty good :-)]

More Pie Recipes on Lana’s Cooking (and every one of them uses a purchased crust):

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Apple Slab Pie

A slab pie filled with sliced apples, sugar, and spice.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 429kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 16 tablespoons very cold butter cut in small cubes (2 sticks butter)
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons ice water may need more

For the filling:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 cups peeled, thinly sliced apples (Granny Smith or Golden Delicious recommended)
  • juice of a medium lemon

For the topping:

  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • 2 tablespoons white sparkling sugar or turbinado sugar

Instructions

  • Make the crust: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar.
  • Add the cubed butter and work it in with your fingers or a pastry cutter. Don’t overwork the mixture. There should be larger chunks of butter among the smaller ones.
  • Add the vinegar and 4 tablespoons of water. Toss to combine. Continue adding water one tablespoon at a time to make a chunky, cohesive mixture. The mixture should hold together when you squeeze a handful of it.
  • Divide the dough into two pieces, one containing about 60% of the dough and the other containing about 40%. Wrap each individually in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold (at least 30 minutes and up to an hour).
  • When chilled, remove the larger piece of dough from the refrigerator and roll it out on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle approximately 11×15 inches. Place on a baking sheet and return to the refrigerator while mixing the filling.
  • Start preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Make the filling: In a small bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Place the apples in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with the lemon juice. Pour over the sugar mixture and toss until evenly coated.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the refrigerator and place the apple mixture evenly on top leaving at least a one-inch border all around.
  • Roll the remaining dough into a rectangle approximately 9×13. Lay the top crust over the apples and seal the edges of the two crusts bringing the bottom crust up and over the top crust and folding them together.
  • Brush the entire top and edges of the crust with milk or cream. Sprinkle evenly with your choice of sugar. Slash the top a few times to allow for venting.
  • Bake for 1 hour. If the crust starts to get too brown before the end of the baking time, cover loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil and continue baking.
  • Remove pie from the oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with ice cream if desired.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 411mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 28g

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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