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May 23

Apple Slab Pie

Do you love pie? I do. Obviously.

You know what I love even more? SLAB pie. They’re like pie bars, but it makes more. More pie = win.

Apple slab pie? Totally #pieforthewin.

Apple Slab Pie - the perfect pie to feed a crowd!

I have a love/hate relationship with the comments on this blog. I love getting them, reading them, and often responding to them. I don’t love when I get mean and nasty comments. I mean, I’m so controversial here on Crazy for Crust. I talk all about politics and religion and all and stir up provoking convos about reproductive rights.

#NOT

Thankfully, most of the comments I get here are wonderful, sweet, and make me smile. Often they make me realize that I have a far and wide reach and there is not, in fact, only three creepy dudes in a basement creating all those pins. (Really, I actually feel that way sometimes.)

This happened on this past Tuesday evening when I got a comment from JP on my M&M Sugar Cookies. Working on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, he (she?) told me how much they loved my recipes and that they made them all the time, to feed all the people working on the rig. I almost cried, when I read it, no joke.

{In my defense…I was still a little jet-lagged from Miami.}

So, thanks JP, for reading this blog and for using my recipes. And for, you know, gathering all the oil so I can drive my car and stuff. :)

What does this slab apple pie have to do with comments? Well, it would be perfect for feeding a crowd on an oil rig…or just a bunch of your family members at a party.

It feeds a lot of people, in other words.

Apple Slab Pie

I really, really love apple pie. In fact, it’s why I started this blog. I loved it so much that I re-did the photos because the others sucked. Then I made them into mini pies last Thanksgiving.

Two Thanksgivings ago I made Blueberry Slab Pie because I was going to a potluck and omg slicing a pie at a potluck makes me want to shoot myself and cry all at the same time. The mess. The gooey. The plates and forks. !!!

Shortly after I turned my beloved apple pie into a slab, but I never photographed or posted it. *gasp*

Now I have. And it’s perfect for any time of year – especially Memorial Day and 4th of July.

There’s nothing more american than apple pie, after all.

{Please don’t go there, mmkay?}

Apple Slab Pie

The crust is a double batch of my all-butter pie crust, and is pressed into a jelly roll pan. (A rimmed 10×15 baking pan, one that you’d use for a cake roll.) You roll it as usual, before chilling, into a large rectangle and press it into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. This can be done up to a day before (just wrap it well in plastic before chilling).

As usual, I cook my apples before adding them to the crust. I hate a chewy, springy apple in a pie. They need to be soft (but not applesauce). I cook them for just a few minutes in a little water, then drain well and add them to the crust. You top the apples with cinnamon and sugar, of course.

The top is a crumble. Is there any other topping to a pie? As much of a crust girl as I am, I’m a crumble fan through and through. Butter, sugar, oats, and flour, all mixed up and sprinkled over the apples. Perfection.

Once baked, this apple slab pie slices easily into bars or slices. Make them as little (or BIG) as you like them. Smaller bars can be eaten with your hands. Larger ones? Serve them on a plate with ice cream. They also freeze well!

Slab pies are my favorite way to eat apple pie, hands down. I hope you love it too!

My favorite Apple Slab Pie!

Apple Slab Pie

Yield: 12-16 servings

An apple pie in bar form - eat it with a fork or your hands! Perfect for easy serving at parties.

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, diced and cold
  • 2-3 tablespoons ice water

Filling & Crumble:

  • 6 medium Granny Smith Apples
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Make your crust: Pulse flour and salt in a food processor for a second. Add butter and pulse until butter has been worked through the flour. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together (I used 3 tablespoons water). Carefully roll out dough on a lightly floured nonstick surface (like a silicone mat). Roll into a large rectangle. Spray a jelly roll pan (10x15”) with cooking spray. Press into the bottoms and up the sides of your pan. Chill until apples are ready, or cover with plastic wrap and chill for as long as overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Peel, core, and slice apples to a small dice. Place one inch of water in the bottom of a pot. Add apples and cook, stirring occasionally, approximately 3-5 minutes after water boils. You want the apples semi-opaque but not mushy.
  4. Using a hand mixer, mix remaining topping ingredients (butter, salt, flour, oats, and 1/2 cup sugar) in a large bowl. You may need to use your hands to break up the large bits of butter.
  5. Once apples are cooked, drain them well. Spread apples evenly over the crust and then sprinkle the apples with 1/4 cup granulated sugar and ground cinnamon.
  6. Sprinkle the crumble over the top of the apples and press to compact.
  7. Bake for 25-35 minutes until topping begins to brown. Cool before cutting. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
  8. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or wrap slices with plastic and seal in a ziploc bag, and freeze for up to one month.

Notes:

Substitute 1-2 cans of any flavor pie filling for the apples for a new pie twist!

Recipe © Crazy for Crust. All images & content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words, or link back to this post for the recipe.

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41 Responses to “Apple Slab Pie”

  1. Mir posted on May 23, 2014 at 3:15 am (#)

    Thanks for this great apple recipe! I always feel a little weird for loving to bake with apples all year long, but now I feel better! This looks so great.
    And you should smile a lot. Your blog is inspiring!

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  2. Chloe @ foodlikecake posted on May 23, 2014 at 3:29 am (#)

    I’ve never made a slab pie, but they seem so much easier than making a real pie :-)

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  3. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on May 23, 2014 at 3:38 am (#)

    It was SO great to meet you at BHF, even just for a quick second! :)
    I have never made a slab pie. Or a pie in real “pie form” (is that a thing?) So this looks like an easy way to start! Love me some apple pie! pinned!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 23rd, 2014 at 6:43 am

      Thanks Taylor! It was so cool to meet you too! I wish there was a way to clone oneself so that we could hang out with everyone all the time at BHF!! :)

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  4. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice posted on May 23, 2014 at 5:03 am (#)

    More is definitely better, so loving that you made this into a slab pie! Apple pie is my favorite, and this looks perfect!

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  5. Shaina posted on May 23, 2014 at 5:39 am (#)

    Apple pie might just be one of my all time favorite desserts. For some reason, the word “slab” just makes it sound gooey and messy and therefore, delicious!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 23rd, 2014 at 6:42 am

      Right? Like “gimme a slab of pie!”

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  6. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on May 23, 2014 at 6:13 am (#)

    There is a bakery around here that sells slices of slab and these always make my mouth water. Your pie looks just as delicious! I wish it was just closer for me to eat. What a great story about JP. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 23rd, 2014 at 6:42 am

      I wish we had more bakeries here! I mean, I’m sure we do. But I don’t know about them, ha!

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  7. marcie posted on May 23, 2014 at 9:44 am (#)

    I love pie bars because they’re so perfect to take on picnics or to barbecues, etc. It doesn’t get any better than an All-American apple pie, either! :)

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  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on May 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm (#)

    Slab pie is such a way smarter idea than regular pies. “slicing a pie at a potluck makes me want to shoot myself and cry all at the same time” – you and me both! Actually making pie crust makes me feel that way, too :) I love this version you did! And apple pie is a season-less treat! pinned

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  9. Danielle posted on May 23, 2014 at 3:55 pm (#)

    Can I tell you how in love I am with your blog. This recipe is perfect my husband would love this too! Pinning and following you!

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  10. Sheryl @Mama's Gotta Bake posted on May 23, 2014 at 4:46 pm (#)

    I agree with you Dorothy more pie = win! That was a great story about the person on the oil rig. It’s nice when you share things close to your heart, and others enjoy it and appreciate it. Lovely post!

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  11. Joanne posted on May 23, 2014 at 5:16 pm (#)

    I have never baked an apple slab pie, so looking forward to sharing this with family and friends. Thanks!

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  12. Mom posted on May 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm (#)

    Looks great and I’m sure JP will make this for the crew. Also, I handed a few of your cards out to some of the guys at the Burlingame Fire Dept. yesterday when they stopped by to see the old truck. They said they have several bakers in the group!
    xoxo

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  13. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on May 23, 2014 at 7:28 pm (#)

    Oh what a happy story! Those are the types of comments that make someones month! {On a side note, what is UP with the mean comments? I mean, seriously, I don’t make you pay to use my recipes, so the least you could do is be nice!}

    And this pie. Ohmydeargodabove. This pie! I’m kind of terrified to make this slab apple pie because I might eat all of it…or even just half! And that is how you spell #icantfitinmyfatpants

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 24th, 2014 at 6:58 am

      Seriously, right??? It’s kind of annoying!!

      Thanks Lindsey!!

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  14. Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) posted on May 23, 2014 at 7:40 pm (#)

    . I loved your post today! This slab pie looks great and so much easier to slice and eat. I love looking back at old blog photos to see how everyone started out. I have a picture of my daughter on my blog using the apple peeler too! I love that little contraption!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 24th, 2014 at 6:58 am

      Isn’t it the BEST invention??? My original was my dad’s from so many years ago – it looked like it belonged on a steam engine!

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  15. Tahnycooks posted on May 23, 2014 at 8:20 pm (#)

    Slap pie is my favorite way to eat pie too! That’s so sweet about the oil rig! Eating Apple pie is always in season in my book!

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  16. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on May 23, 2014 at 8:44 pm (#)

    Aww Dorothy, I’m SO happy for you that you receive such sweet comments! It’s always incredible when people make our recipes. I feel like it’s just me in my kitchen, baking and photographing, and people come just to admire the pictures. So awesome that someone made your cookies for their entire crew AND came back to tell you about it! That just warms my heart. :) And this slab pie? So, so brilliant. Love how easy it is — I think even I could manage!

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  17. Trav posted on May 23, 2014 at 10:59 pm (#)

    Such an invigorating recipe to the old humble apple crumble.

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  18. Rachel Kay posted on May 24, 2014 at 12:25 pm (#)

    This looks amazing i needed a new recipe for apples – i have a whole tree of cooking apples growing in the garden – can’t wait to try this :) And i have made quiet a few of your recipes now and they have all been well received, i used the Kitkat cookies and funfetti cookies at a bake sale that sold so well i had to do another batch of each for the next day. Thank you
    from Rachel all the way over the pond in the uk :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 24th, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad, thank you Rachel!!! :)

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  19. Erin posted on May 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm (#)

    Ignore the haters! Your blog is always fun to read plus we get the bonus of delicious recipes! :)

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  20. Jess @ Sweet Menu posted on May 24, 2014 at 11:28 pm (#)

    What a lovely looking pie! Yum!

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  21. Samina | The Cupcake Confession posted on May 25, 2014 at 11:53 am (#)

    Goodness!!!!! Apple pie is my favorite classic dessert and converting this into a slab pie means a bonanza of apple pies for dessert! Love Love LOVEEEEEE it! <3

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  22. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on May 25, 2014 at 1:35 pm (#)

    This is such a great idea Dorothy! Way easier to slice and so much less mess. Plus I love as much crust as possible with my pies and it looks like these are pretty heavy on crust. They look and sound amazing! Pinned!

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  23. Crystal posted on May 25, 2014 at 10:21 pm (#)

    My hubby is going to love this recipe!! He loves anything apple cinnamon…especially if it is pie. Thanks so much!!

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  24. Medeja posted on May 27, 2014 at 4:14 am (#)

    Such apple pie was one of my favorite when I was a kid! :)

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  25. JP posted on May 27, 2014 at 4:19 am (#)

    Ok, I know this recipe was posted a few days ago, but we have been busy putting away groceries and supplies for the 90 day transit. I finally converted this recipe for my baker yesterday, and he made 3 – 18″ x 26″ full sized sheetpans of your Apple Pie Slab’s. This was the first time he ever made such a dessert! The closest thing he knew were Fruit Tart’s. (European training…go figure) The crew went nut’s and they are all gone! We started out by serving one whole sheetpan for breakfast (still warm) and the rest were gobbled up @ lunch. We have 197 crew onboard from S.Africa, Korea, Romania, USA & the Phillipines to name a few, and NOW they want a Peach Slab tomorrow. BTW…the 16 Romanian’s onboard destroyed about one whole sheet pan themselves (homesick?) Sorry Dorthy that I don’t have a website/blog so I could send you some pictures….It is a real hoot over here and you may enjoy checking out some of the “excessive” food we serve the crew. Anyhoo, thanks again for the user friendly recipies and the excelent selections. I rather use your blog than going on Pinterest, because on there I wind up chasing site after site each time I open a new one. Arrrggghh! It’s still fun on there for crafts and holliday swag ideas though….Maybe you guy’s could check out some pic’s on my Facebook acct. ( Jp Province ), it’s not restricted so you can just go on and see our stuff?…I just posted a short video of the Medic and I eating tiny spicy garlic crabs at the local Korean grocery store the other day….man, they were smoking hot! Anyone can go there if they want to. Just go to the Albums and I have some old holliday spreads with whole tables of desserts, local Korean pic’s and offshore (Rig) stuff..

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 27th, 2014 at 6:34 am

      That’s so awesome! I can imagine how much food you go through, I bet it’s a staggering amount. I’m so glad you enjoyed the slab pie – it’s such a great recipe for groups!! Thanks again for being such a loyal reader (and baker!) :)

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  26. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious posted on May 31, 2014 at 9:44 pm (#)

    I love slab pie and thanks for mentioning my buttermilk version ;)

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  27. Webbyrå posted on June 3, 2014 at 3:09 am (#)

    This looks delicious!!! I’ll definitely make this recipe some time next week. :D

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  28. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife posted on June 8, 2014 at 7:08 pm (#)

    I totally understand that love/hate relationship with the comments! The people who leave mean and nasty comments should eat a slice of this pie. Then maybe they would turn into a happier person! Lol! I know I would be happier after a piece of this! :)

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  29. Lauren Kelly Nutrition posted on July 17, 2014 at 6:48 pm (#)

    Holy moly this looks incredible! Just pinned :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 18th, 2014 at 6:24 am

      Thanks for the pin Lauren!

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