Apple Slab Pie

This pie…what can I say?  This apple slab pie is what Thanksgiving dreams are made of.  Forget pumpkin pie.  Ok, well, this bourbon pumpkin tart is still cool in my book, but you get what I mean.

Apple Slab Pie

If you’re feeding a crowd for Thanksgiving or a friendsgiving, or Hanukkah, a housewarming, or Christmas party – you get my point – this slab pie will easily feed it.  A minimum of 12 servings is what you’ll get from a typical jelly roll-size pan but I assure you that forks will be drawn for dibs on the last piece.

Apple Slab Pie

I know I’ve said that making pie isn’t my thing but the all butter, really flakey (flaky?) pie dough I posted the other day is life-changing for me.  I couldn’t imagine trying to wrestle with rolling out and transferring two very large sheets of pie dough for this slab pie using a less-than-stellar recipe.  As you can see, the pie takes on a rectangular shape here and after you’ve got the bottom sheet of dough nestled in the pan, you’ll cover the dough with a ton of chopped apples mixed with fall’s best spices, and cover the apples with another monstrous piece of dough.  Crimp the edges, cut a few holes, brush with some cream, and bake.

Apple Slab Pie

It’s really that easy.  The hardest part about making this apple slab pie, however, is waiting for it to cool before diving in.  I served it with some really fun ice cream (that I’ll share very soon) and maple bourbon caramel sauce but vanilla or cinnamon vanilla bean ice cream would be just as splendid.  If you haven’t already invited a gaggle of people over for your next celebration, get on the phone, because you’ll definitely want to share this apple pie with friends.

Apple Slab Pie

Apple Slab Pie

Total Time: 4 hours

Yield: 12-18 servings

This apple slab pie is best served straight from the oven but if you're in a pinch, it can also be made in full one day in advance. Make the pie as instructed, leaving it in the baking sheet, covered with foil, at room temperature or in a cool room (we kept it in the garage), then reheat it at 300° F until warmed through (about 20 minutes). You can crank the broiler on in the last couple of minutes to crisp up the top crust if you wish - just watch it carefully to avoid burning the buttery crust.

Alternatively, you could assemble the whole pie up to one day in advance and keep it in the fridge until you're ready to bake it off.

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 3 ¾ cups (470 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tbsp sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp table salt
  • 3 sticks (24 oz or 340 grams) unsalted butter, cubed and kept very cold
  • ¾ - 1 cup very cold water
  • For the apple filling:
  • 3 ½ to 4 pounds apples, peeled, cored and chopped into approximately ½-inch chunks (about 10 cups)
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 2/3 to ¾ cup sugar (depending on how sweet you like your pie and how sweet your apples are)
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 rounded tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp table salt
  • To finish:
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream or 1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp water

Instructions

  1. To make the crust: Measure the flour into a large, wide bowl. Whisk in the sugar and salt. Toss in the butter cubes and coat them all with the flour. Using your first 3 fingers of both hands, mash up the butter into smaller pieces, just bigger than the size of peas. You can also do this with two knives or a strong pastry blender. I prefer using my fingers.
  2. Once the mixture looks sort of uniform, slightly crumbly, and the butter is broken up, stir in ¾ cup of water with a rubber spatula until the water is absorbed and the dough starts to come together. If the dough is still dry and crumbly, add the remaining ¼ cup of water. Bring the dough together with your hands until it forms a soft and almost loose ball. Divide the pie dough into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other. You'll need the larger piece for the bottom crust. Transfer one piece to a sheet of plastic wrap and mold it into a rectangular shape, about 1-inch thick. Use the plastic wrap to help bring the dough together, if needed. Repeat with the remaining dough. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before using.
  3. To make the filling: In a very large bowl, toss the apple chunks with the lemon juice. Mix the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt together in a medium bowl. Sprinkle the sugar-spice mixture over the apples and toss them well to coat; set aside.
  4. To assemble the slab pie: Preheat the oven to 375° F. Line the bottom of a 10x15x1-inch baking sheet or similarly sized jelly roll pan with a piece of parchment paper. If your pan is a little smaller than this (as mine was), don't worry - this recipe will still work fine; you'll just have a little extra dough leftover.
  5. Roll out the larger piece of dough on a well-floured surface with a rolling pin into a 18x13-inch rectangle. Transfer the piece to the pan and drape the edges of the dough over the sides of the pan while only gently pushing the dough down into the inside and corners of the pan. Slip the pan into the fridge or freezer while you roll out the second piece of dough into a 16x11-inch rectangle (you want to keep the dough in the pan as cold as possible).
  6. Remove the pan from the fridge/freezer and pour the apples and the juices over the dough in the pan - it may seem like way too many apples, but they will cook down. Drape the second sheet of dough over the apples. Trim the dough to where both top and bottom edges hang about ¾-inch over the edge of the pan. Seal up the edges tightly with your fingers.
  7. Brush the top of the dough with the heavy cream or egg wash. Using a sharp knife, slice a whole bunch of 1-inch slits in the top of the dough to allow the steam to escape during baking. Place the whole sheet on a larger baking sheet - there will likely be spillage that you'll want to catch on the large pan rather than the bottom of your oven (trust me).
  8. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the top crust is a nice golden brown and the filling is bubbling through the holes in the crust. Cool the pan on a wire rack for at least 45 minutes before cutting and serving.

Source

adapted from Smitten Kitchen

http://www.smells-like-home.com/2013/11/apple-slab-pie/

 

Apple Slab Pie

  • Prep Time: 3hr 15min (mostly inactive prep)
  • Cook Time: 45min
  • Yield: 12-18 servings

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 3 ¾ cups (470 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tbsp sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp table salt
  • 3 sticks (24 oz or 340 grams) unsalted butter, cubed and kept very cold
  • ¾ – 1 cup very cold water

For the apple filling:

  • 3 ½ to 4 pounds apples, peeled, cored and chopped into approximately ½-inch chunks (about 10 cups)
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 2/3 to ¾ cup sugar (depending on how sweet you like your pie and how sweet your apples are)
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 rounded tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice1/8 tsp table salt

To finish:

  • 2 tbsp heavy cream or 1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp water

Instructions

  • 01

    To make the crust: Measure the flour into a large, wide bowl. Whisk in the sugar and salt. Toss in the butter cubes and coat them all with the flour. Using your first 3 fingers of both hands, mash up the butter into smaller pieces, just bigger than the size of peas. You can also do this with two knives or a strong pastry blender. I prefer using my fingers.

  • 02

    Once the mixture looks sort of uniform, slightly crumbly, and the butter is broken up, stir in ¾ cup of water with a rubber spatula until the water is absorbed and the dough starts to come together. If the dough is still dry and crumbly, add the remaining ¼ cup of water. Bring the dough together with your hands until it forms a soft and almost loose ball. Divide the pie dough into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other. You’ll need the larger piece for the bottom crust. Transfer one piece to a sheet of plastic wrap and mold it into a rectangular shape, about 1-inch thick. Use the plastic wrap to help bring the dough together, if needed. Repeat with the remaining dough. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before using.

  • 03

    To make the filling:  In a very large bowl, toss the apple chunks with the lemon juice.  Mix the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt together in a medium bowl.  Sprinkle the sugar-spice mixture over the apples and toss them well to coat; set aside.

  • 04

    To assemble the slab pie:  Preheat the oven to 375° F.  Line the bottom of a 10×15×1-inch baking sheet or similarly sized jelly roll pan with a piece of parchment paper.  If your pan is a little smaller than this (as mine was), don’t worry – this recipe will still work fine; you’ll just have a little extra dough leftover.

  • 05

    Roll out the larger piece of dough on a well-floured surface with a rolling pin into a 18×13-inch rectangle.  Transfer the piece to the pan and drape the edges of the dough over the sides of the pan while only gently pushing the dough down into the inside and corners of the pan.  Slip the pan into the fridge or freezer while you roll out the second piece of dough into a 16×11-inch rectangle (you want to keep the dough in the pan as cold as possible).

  • 06

    Remove the pan from the fridge/freezer and pour the apples and the juices over the dough in the pan – it may seem like way too many apples, but they will cook down.  Drape the second sheet of dough over the apples.  Trim the dough to where both top and bottom edges hang about ¾-inch over the edge of the pan. Seal up the edges tightly with your fingers.

  • 07

    Brush the top of the dough with the heavy cream or egg wash.  Using a sharp knife, slice a whole bunch of 1-inch slits in the top of the dough to allow the steam to escape during baking.  Place the whole sheet on a larger baking sheet – there will likely be spillage that you’ll want to catch on the large pan rather than the bottom of your oven (trust me).

  • 08

    Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the top crust is a nice golden brown and the filling is bubbling through the holes in the crust.  Cool the pan on a wire rack for at least 45 minutes before cutting and serving.

  • 09

    Note: This apple slab pie is best served straight from the oven but if you’re in a pinch, it can also be made in full one day in advance.  Make the pie as instructed, leaving it in the baking sheet, covered with foil, at room temperature or in a cool room (we kept it in the garage), then reheat it at 300° F until warmed through (about 20 minutes).  You can crank the broiler on in the last couple of minutes to crisp up the top crust if you wish – just watch it carefully to avoid burning the buttery crust.

    Alternatively, you could assemble the whole pie up to one day in advance and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it off.

adapted from Smitten Kitchen

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  • Warm Vanilla Sugar
    November 14, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Slab pie is so fun!! I love this version – gorgeous!

  • Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)
    November 14, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    This pie is amazing! I am a big pie traditionalist but I am wiling to bend on the idea of shape. Especially since this version looks so much easier than a standard round pie. Love it!

    • taraliptak
      November 15, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      I think I have a mental block about rolling dough into a circle (I have issues with pizza dough too) but a rectangle is so much easier for me to do. Go figure!

  • November 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    My grandma used to make a pie a lot like this for Thanksgiving! It was always my favorite!

  • Tracey
    November 14, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    I discovered the joy the slab pie this year too, they’re great for feeding a crowd! Can’t wait to see that ice cream recipe!

  • November 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    This slab pie looks better than regular pie! And the filling looks perfect.

    • taraliptak
      November 15, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      It IS better than regular pie! Something about the shape, I guess. 🙂

  • Mae Morris
    February 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Can I make the dough the night before and store it in the fridge or does it need to be made the same day as I’m making the pie?

    • taraliptak
      February 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      You can definitely make it the night before – or even a week before! – and keep it in the fridge. You’ll need to let it sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before you roll it out though. Let me know how it turns out for you!

  • taraliptak
    June 12, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Yay! So glad to hear you loved it! I have big plans for this crust and slab pie idea this summer – hope you do too!

  • November 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Hi Sally! Thanks for your sweet words. 🙂 To be honest, I can’t say whether it would freeze and bake well after being assembled since I have never done this myself. My gut says it might be a better idea to make the dough 1 week ahead and keep it in the fridge. On the afternoon or night before Thanksgiving, roll out the dough, make the filling, assemble, refrigerate overnight, then bake off on TG morning. However you decide to make it, let me know how it turns out! I hope you love it!

  • November 13, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Caramel sauce can be a finicky thing to make but I haven’t had any issues with this recipe in the few times I’ve made it. Glad you’ve got a back up plan in place because things like this do happen sometimes.

  • November 13, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    If you’re not comfortable with my earlier suggestion, wait until the morning of assemble. Like I said, I can’t guarantee how the pie will bake after being frozen since it’s so large.

  • allyson
    December 1, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    This looks AMAZING!!!!!

  • Rhonda
    December 11, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    I made this pie for Thanksgiving and it was fantastic!!!! The crust is awesome and didn’t get soggy even with the little that was left over.

  • August 28, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Hi Emma – apologies for not responding sooner! I’m willing to bet this recipe would be fine for mini apple pies. Let me know if you decided to make them! I’m always interested to hear how recipes are adapted.

  • October 8, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Can you tell me about the recipe you’re using?

  • Dawn
    November 16, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Hi! What’s the best type of apples to use with this recipe?

  • Dawn
    November 18, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    What type of apples do you recommend using for this recipe?

    • November 18, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      Granny Smith would work great here. I hope you love this pie!

  • Tiffani
    November 25, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    In this posting you said to use 3 sticks of butter but in the pie recipe you said 2 sticks. Is the 3 sticks just for this purpose?

    • November 25, 2015 at 6:10 PM

      Hi Tiffani, I’m sorry but I don’t see where you say I mention 3 sticks of butter. It’s just 2 sticks, as the ingredient list indicates. I hope this turns out well for you!

      • Jessica Wilson
        November 26, 2015 at 12:37 AM

        Hi Tara! It says 3 sticks in the ingredient list. If we already used 3, do you know if it will still bake okay?

        • November 26, 2015 at 9:16 AM

          Ahh…got it. Yes, the slab pie requires 50% more dough than the original pie dough recipe calls for. So the other pie dough ingredients in the slab pie recipe are adjusted to reflect this, including the extra stick of butter.

          I’m so excited for you to be making your first pie!! I hope it turns out wonderfully for you – let me know!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

          • Jessica Wilson
            November 27, 2015 at 11:45 PM

            It turned out great!!! I incorporated the butter too much into the flour for the dough, so next time I’ll make sure there are visible chunks for the flakeyness. But it was still sooooo delicious!! Thank you for the recipe! And Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!

          • November 28, 2015 at 8:24 AM

            Yay! I’m so excited for your first pie success!! That’s a pretty big deal in my book. 🙂

          • Jessica Wilson
            November 28, 2015 at 2:47 PM

            Awww thank you!! :))

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