If you are going to have an apple themed shower, you have to have apple pie! Am I right?! I went back and forth deciding what kind of pie to make, but in the end decided a slab pie was the right way to go. That way people could take as big or little of a piece as they wanted and there was sure to be plenty for everyone! To mix things up and make it extra fun, I threw a little cornmeal into the crust and used apple cider instead of water. The results were amazing, if I do say so myself!
The pie actually comes together really easily, even if there are quite a few directions to follow. The crust can be spread out in the pan with your fingers, which is a lot easier than rolling it out! The apple slices are tossed with cinnamon and sugar. Spread a little crumble topping over the apples and you are ready to bake!
I drizzled it with a little vanilla glaze to get the creamy vanilla flavor without having to have ice cream on the buffet as well. It definitely hit the mark. Despite having so many options to choose from, this pie was better than 2/3 gone by the end of the afternoon!
Apple Slab Pie with Cider Cornmeal Crust
makes 1 10x15" pie
2 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
2 T sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
8-10 T cold apple cider
- In a food processor, mix together flour, cornmeal, sugar and salt.
- Add the cubs of butter and pulse until pea sized.
- Add the cider a tablespoon or two at a time, pulsing the food processor as you go until the dough just comes together. You want to stop as soon as it starts to form a ball, you don't want a wet dough.
- Empty onto a 10x15" rimmed baking sheet or bar pan. Press dough into pan to cover entire bottom and make a small crust lip around the edges.
- Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.
8 medium apples, peeled and sliced according to about 1/4" thick
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
a few grates of fresh nutmeg
- Mix together sugars, flour, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Toss the apple slices in the mixture and set aside while you make the topping. Stir occasionally.
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
- Mix together all ingredients using your fingers to make a crumbly texture
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Take crust out of fridge.
- Arrange filling over the crust so it is evenly covered in apples and any apple juice from the bowl.
- Using your fingers, spread clumps of topping over the apple mixture so that it is evenly distributed.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 375 F.
- Reduce heat to 350 F and bake for another 30 minutes.
This would be great served warm with vanilla ice cream. I didn't want the mess of ice cream at the shower and there were already so many options, so I did a quick drizzle of powdered sugar, vanilla and cream instead. That way there was some creamy vanilla flavor without worrying about keeping the ice cream frozen.