Slab apple pie or apple slab pie, with crumb topping, no matter what you call it this is an all American apple pie for a crowd.
Slab Apple Pie
One of my favorite Fall recipes is Slab Apple Pie, some people call it Apple Slab Pie but whatever you call it, it is basically a big apple pie. This one happens to have a streusel topping, known as Dutch Apple Pie, but can also be made with a top crust as well. It is really up to you! This pie will feed a crowd or just leave a lot of leftovers for you.
This apple pie recipe has been in my family for a long time, at least 57 years or more because it is older than I am. As with most of the recipes that I make there are fond memories attached, and this one is no exception.
It reminds me of my grandmother. We often made this when we visited her and my job was to “dress the apples” from the row of canisters she had on the counter. I measured the sugar and the cinnamon, throwing the flour on the counter so that grandma could roll the dough. My favorite part was eating the raw dough which I still do today, even though they say not too.
Ingredients to Make Apple Slab Pie
Apples are the star of this pie so be sure to buy fresh, unblemished apples. Also, check your pantry before you start making this recipe to be sure you have everything you need.
- Pie crust, homemade preferably(recipe below)
- 14-16 medium size tart apples
- 2 Tablespoons of flour
- 11/2 cups sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice
What kind of apples do you use in Slab Apple Pie?
Did you know that there are around 7,500 different types of apples that are grown around the world? In the US there are about 1000 varieties. Sadly we do not have access to nearly that many. My guess is that in our lifetime we probably try 20 varieties.
That said, Granny Smith are a great choice for slab apple pie, but you can also use a few Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious or MacIntosh. I personally use all Granny Smith in my pies.
Is streusel topping the same as crumble topping?
Slab apple pie is often made with a double crust, I like it that way because I love the crust. But if you prefer less crust to apple ratio, crumble or streusel topping is a great option.
Streusel topping may or may not contain nuts but a crumb topping does not have nuts. The choice is up to you and on this slab apple pie I think both would be delicious.
Apple Pie for a Crowd
My grandmother had 10 children and when you have that many kids you have to make a lot of food. This apple slab pie recipe is perfect for feeding a crowd at your next pot luck, family gathering, party or Thanksgiving.
You make the apple pie in in a jelly roll sheet pan. The flakey crust is topped with layers of cinnamon spice apples and sugar, then dotted with a little butter and topped with a crumble. Baked to golden brown and served with a side of cream, ice cream or whipped cream this slab apple pie will be your new favorite pie recipe.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- It is easy to make, delicious and feeds a crowd.
- Can be eaten with a fork or with your hands.
- The apple pie is made from scratch.
- Can be made ahead and frozen.
- Flakey crust, sweet spicey apples.
- Lots of crumble topping.
Double Crust Slab Pie
Slab apple pie can be made with a double crust, one on the bottom and one on the top. If you are making a double crust pie you simply divide the dough in half, chill for 30 minutes and then roll out the dough to fit in the pan.
Or you can do what I did and make a free form pie. I only had a little dough so that is what the pie looks like this.
I make this slab pie often and make it both ways. I love them and each time I take a bite I remember the happy days I spent rolling and eating dough with my grandmother.
The dough is flaky, the spiced apples are soft but hold their shape; paired with the struessel topping and glaze there is the right mixture of sweet and tart.
How To Store Apple Slab Pie
Slab apple pie is pie for a crowd so you might have some leftover. Not to worry, this pie can be saved for later by storing it in an air-tight container or wrapped in plastic. Place it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
The pie can also be frozen to eat later.
Have you ever made slab pie?
Do you have a favorite slab pie recipe? Share it in the comments so that we can try it too!
Try this yummy recipe, it is a great alternative to apple pie, or apple bars and is a great dessert for Thanksgiving and can be made in advance.
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3 cups of flour
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 cup of solid shortening (Crisco)
2 egg yolks
8 Tablespoons of water
14–16 medium size tart apples
2 Tablespoons of flour
11/2 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup butter softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon softened butter
4 teaspoons warm water
Mix well until dough forms a ball. Roll out ball to cover cookie sheet. I use a 9 x 13 pan. Set Aside and make the apples.
Directions for Apples:
Peel, core, cut and quarter apples. Try to cut into into uniform slices. Blend flour with sugar, cinnamon, and pour over apples. Mix the apples nd then arrange on crust. Dot the apples with butter cubes, then sprinkle with lemon juice.
Sprinkle the struessel topping to the top of the apples. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. White the slap apple pie is cooling make the glaze. Blend powdered sugar, butter add water to form a glaze.
Drizzle the apple slab pie with glaze and enjoy.
This slab apple pie can be made with 2 layers.of crust and then glazed. Or you can skip the glaze if you think it is too sweet.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: slab apple pie, apple slab pie, dutch apple pie, apple pie, dutch slab apple pie
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