Sunday, November 20, 2011

Slab Apple: Thanksgiving Dessert Idea

"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

Apple Filling
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.

Apple filling
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:

Streusel Topping:
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 CheesecakePumpkin 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.

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  1. I just love family recipes, thank you for sharing it with us.


    You have been busy and what you present is absolutely luscious looking! WOW, this is fabulous. I am a sucker for crusts and carbs; I had to give that up a while back, but one can look and enjoy!!!!!!

    I was going to host Thanksgiving but now we were invited to one of Ruben's colleague's home so no baking or cooking for me this year. In a way, that will be nice. I still cannot shake this cold!!!!!!!

    HUGS TO YOU...oh, it snowed last night and we have a beautiful blanket of white....

    LOVE!! Anita

  3. Elizabeth Dear,

    Here I am right after our sweet and darling Anita!!
    How are you? I hope you had a wonderful weekend...restful and lovely.
    This recipe looks so yummy, and I do love family recipes. My dear grandmother used to make a divine apple strudel from scratch, but I cannot find the recipe, so I keep trying to recreate it. I love apple desserts.

    A SWEET week to you, dear friend!
    - Irina

  4. Hello Elizabeth, thank you for you visit and kind comments.
    I am way behind with catching up on your fabulous posts. I have a very sweet tooth and love all things filled with sugar! This apple dessert looks delicious and definitely one I shall have to try.
    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Abby xx

  5. Fantastic! I can
    feel it melting in my

    xx Suzanne

  6. Thanks for this recipe. I've never been successful when making apple pie, so I'm eager to try this out!
    I'm now following you too.
    x Marnie

  7. I love apple pie! With just the 4 of us this Thanksgiving, I tried not to go overboard on desserts, but I really missed apple pie. I think I am going to have to make one this week.

    Thanks for linking up to Friday Food on!

  8. Yum, I love slab apple cake. I had forgotten about it. Now I will resurrect my mom's recipe.m thank you Elizabeth. you always inspire me.JML

  9. I am inspired to resurrect my mom's slab apple cake recipe. You inspire me Elizabeth.


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