“OK, here’s the Thanksgiving Menu so far; apple pie, pumpkin pie, blueberry tart, and ice cream roll. What am I missing? CAKE! We need a cake.”
Grace Adler on Will and Grace
Anyone who has read my blog for even a few days knows that I love to bake and I really like, no make that love sugar. When I read that quote above I laughed out loud because that is really how I plan parties and meals. I love to entertain and I am always worried that there will not be enough variety of foods, enough dessert which I consider to be the most important meal of the day and well really just ENOUGH… of everything.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are fast approaching, I will not even tell you how many days until Christmas in case you are a bit behind on your shopping, and I am always on the lookout for easy, fast and delicious ideas to serve a crowd.
This recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember, and my mom says that her mom made it when she was little, so it has been around for awhile. Basically it is a huge sheet cake apple pie with a sugar glaze. It is easy, delicious and a great recipe to have on hand for parties, pot lucks, gifts, etc.
Slab Apple Pie
3 cups of flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 tsp of baking powder
1 cup of shortening (Crisco)
2 egg yolks
8 tablespoons water
Powdered Sugar Glaze
In a large mixing bowl mix flour, sugar, salt and baking powder until blended. Cut shortening into flour with two knives or a pastry blender.. In separate bowl mix egg yolks, and water. Add to flour mixture.
Mix until dough forms a ball. Separate into two balls. Roll out one ball between two Silpat mats, to fit a cookie sheet. Place in bottom for crust.
Arrange apple filling on bottom crust. Roll out second ball of dough for top crust and pinch edges.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Cool and frost with glaze.
14-16 apples peeled and cut into uniform pieces
2 tablespoons of flour
11/2 cups of sugars
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
Peel, core and cut apples into uniform pieces, place in bowl. Blend flour, sugar and cinnamon in small bowl and pour over apples, mix gently and well. Pour apples over crust. Dot with butter and then squeeze lemon juice over the entire pie. Then add the top crust, cut a vent hole or two and bake.
2 cups of powdered sugar
1 tsp of soft butter
4 tsp of warm water
Prepare glaze after cake is cooled. Mix powdered sugar and butter. Add water gradually and blend. Then pour over cooled slab pie.
You can also make a streusel topping if you prefer:
1 cup of flour
1 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cup of brown sugar
2/3 cup of butter
Omit top crust. Stir flour, cinnamon and brown sugar together. Add cubed of butter and work with a pastry blender until crumbly, add to top of apples. Bake as directed.
CHANGES: I always make 11/2 of the crust recipe. I like the crust, and I like more of it. You do not need to do that. Also, I add more cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg and a dash of allspice. That is my preference because I love the spices.
Happy Sunday! Enjoy your family and friends and enjoy your day!
If you are looking for other recipes for Thanksgiving, I have had several in the past few weeks, Butternut Squash cake, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin pie white hot chocolate, Carrot Cake and over on my other blog, Once Upon A Chocolate Life I have tons of delicious chocolates, brownies, and cakes.