Friday, March 7, 2014

Apple Slab - Better Than Apple Pie

Apple Slab - is so much better than apple pie!  My family loves apple pie.  But to be perfectly honest, I have yet to find an apple pie recipe that I want to make again....and I've made a lot of them.  Apple Slab is a home run. It has the same ingredients as apple pie, but it's more of a bar or slab with apple glaze.  It's gooey and moist and it makes a lot. You can take this to a luncheon, cookout, dinner, holiday party or just make it because your family is crying for a good homemade dessert.  And the best is easy!
Take 5 or 6 large granny smith apples.  Peel and slice thin. You want the apples to bake down when cooking.

Put your apple slices in a large bowl.  Combine 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 2 tsp of cinnamon, 6 TBSP of corn starch and pour this over your apples.  Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over this mixture and toss.

Let your apples sit for a little bit so the juice begins to fall to the bottom. Grease a long flat baking pan.  I use a 17x11 pan or a jelly roll pan.

Take two of your pre-made pie crusts. This is where we short-step the time it takes to make homemade pie crusts. Look, those of you that are true bakers and have time to roll out your crust and get flour everywhere - go ahead and get happy.  I've made it both ways and no one in my house, friends included,  can tell it's not a homemade crust when I use the Pillsbury crusts :).   Grease your pan and place the pie crusts so that they fit.  You might have to do some cutting and pasting....that's fine.
 Dump in your apple mixture, but don't pour out the juice!
You should have about 1/2 cup of juice....or a little more leftover in your bowl.  Use what you have.
Put the two other crust pieces on top and pop this into the oven for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
Then cover your slab with foil and bake for another 15-20 minutes.  You don't want the top to get too brown. Take out and let cool.

Once this has cooled down but still warm, add 1 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar, 1tsp of melted butter to the leftover apple juice.  If it's too thick, add a little milk.  Pour the apple glaze over the slab.


Here is a recap of what you will need:

5-6 large granny apple smith apples
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2tsp of cinnamon
Juice of a fresh lemon
6 tbsp of corn starch

Apple Glaze
Juice left over from the apple and cinnamon mixture
1 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar
1 tsp of butter

Two boxes of Pillsbury Pie Crusts (four pie rolls)

So good warm, cold and yes, even with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Have a great weekend and remember to be kind.