Dessert | November 12, 2020

Apple and Pear Slab Pie

 Slab pie has all of the components of a regular pie, except it feeds a crowd.  Apple and pear slab pie is perfect for a big family gathering or a friends-giving. We’ve combined apples and pears in the filling, along with brown sugar, warm spices, and a flakey crust for a pie made in heaven.

Slab pie baked in a metal sheet pan. There are slices on dessert plates to the side.

What Is A Slab Pie?

A slab pie has all of the components of a regular pie, but is larger, and baked in a sheet pan.  This form of pie is ideal for feeding a crowd.

A 3/4 angle shot of apple slab pie. The pie is baked in a sheet pan with one slice missing. There are 3 scoops of ice cream on top.

What Do I Need To Make Apple and Pear Slab Pie

There are two components for this recipe: the crust and the filling.  I am going to talk about each separately.

The Crust

for the crust you’ll only need a few ingredients:

  • 8 cups flour
  • 2 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups+ ice water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp water

Ingredients needed for pie crust.

The Filling

For the filling you’ll need:

  • 12 medium apples
  • 5 pears
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp butter cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Ingredients needed for apple slab pie on a baking sheet.

How To Make Slab Pie From Scratch

The Crust

How do you make pie crust from scratch? For the pie crust I am using the amazing recipe we have here on the blog.  It is perfection. Over the years, I have tested making this crust in my stand mixer as a shortcut and it has always turned out great!  Here is how I do it.

1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add flour.

2. Add salt and sugar.

3. Toss in shortening.

4. Using your paddle attachment, blend until your flour resembles course peas.

How to make Pie crust.

5. Slowly pour in water.

6. When the dough begins to form a ball, you are done.

7. Divide your dough into 2 equal parts. Roll each out into about a 9×13 rectangle.

8. Transfer dough to a greased sheet pan. Press against the bottom and edges. Generously poke the bottom of the crust with a fork.

How to make pie crust step by step photos.

The Filling

9. Peel and thinly slice your apples and pears. For my pie filling I used my KitchenAid Spiralizer attachment and had my apples pealed and sliced in a matter of minutes.  The spiralizer attachment comes with several sizes of blades so you can create lots of different recipes using it. Add both to a large bowl.

10. Add the juice one 1 lemon to your apples and pears. Toss to coat.

11. Add in white sugar.

12. Toss in brown sugar.

How to make apple pear pie filling.

13. Add in nutmeg and cinnamon. Toss until well combined.

14. Transfer to prepared pie crust.

15. Add tabs of butter evenly over filling.

16. Top your pie with second crust.  You can fit the entire sheet on top and add a few slits, or you can add a decorative top. Crimp the edges. In a small bowl add water and egg white. Whip together and brush on the top. This will help give the pie a nice golden brown. If your oven cooks on the warm side cover the sides of the pie crust with some foil to avoid burning. The last 15 minutes remove the foil. Bake at 450 for 30-35 minutes until golden. Let cool completely before serving. Top with ice cream or whipped cream if desired.

How to assemble a slab pie.

Slab Pie Q&A

How many servings does this slab pie make?

This pie serves 36 squares of pie.

What is the oldest pie?

The Ancient Egyptians were the first to invent a dish close to what we know as a pie today. They had a honey filling covered in a crusty cake made from oats, wheat, rye or barley. A recipe for chicken pie was also discovered on a tablet carved prior to 2000 BC

Do I Need To Peel My Apples?

Peeling the apples allows the apples to break down and turn soft. Leaving them on leaves you with a rough texture, so we recommend removing them. You can do this by hand, with an apple peeler, or with a kitchenaid attachment.

What type of apples should I use?

We recommend using a variety of apples.  A mixture of green and red is delicious.  Gala apples are perfect for baking.

A close up of apple pear slab pie.

How do I Serve Apple Pear Slab Pie?

Here are a few toppings you can serve on or with your apple pie!

  1. Try adding coarse sugar to the top before you bake. Or if you place on after you bake first butter the top then add coarse sugar. It adds a delicious sweet crunch.
  2. Creamy Vanilla ice cream.
  3. Whipped Cream
  4. Salted Caramel drizzle!

How Do I store slab pie?

Apple and Pear Slab pie can be store on your counter the day you make it. After you have eaten it and have leftovers its best to store them in an air tight container preferably in the fridge. It will keep there for 7 days.

Slab pie slices stacked on a dessert plate, topped with vanilla ice cream.

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An overhead of apple slab pie. There are a few pieces removed with spoon sitting in the pan.

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Slab pie baked in a metal sheet pan. There are slices on dessert plates to the side.
Apple and Pear Slab Pie
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
cooling time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 50 mins
 

 Slab pie has all of the components of a regular pie, except it feeds a crowd.  Apple and pear slab pie is perfect for a big family gathering or a friends-giving. We've combined apples and pears in the filling, along with brown sugar, warm spices, and a flakey crust for a pie made in heaven.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple pear slab pie, apple pie, slab pie
Servings: 36
Calories: 362 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
The Crust
  • 8 cups flour
  • 2 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups+ ice water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp water
The Filling
  • 12 medium apples
  • 5 pears
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp butter cut into 1/2 inch cubes
Instructions
The Crust
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add flour.
  2. Add salt and sugar.
  3. Toss in shortening.
  4. Using your paddle attachment, blend until your flour resembles course peas.
  5. Slowly pour in water.
  6. When the dough begins to form a ball, you are done.
  7. Divide your dough into 2 equal parts. Roll each out into about a 9x13 rectangle.
  8. Transfer dough to a greased sheet pan. Press against the bottom and edges. Generously poke the bottom of the crust with a fork.
The Filling
  1. Peel and thinly slice your apples and pears. For my pie filling I used my KitchenAid Spiralizer attachment and had my apples pealed and sliced in a matter of minutes.  The spiralizer attachment comes with several sizes of blades so you can create lots of different recipes using it. Add both to a large bowl.
  2. Add the juice one 1 lemon to your apples and pears. Toss to coat.
  3. Add in white sugar.
  4. Toss in brown sugar.
  5. Add in nutmeg and cinnamon. Toss until well combined.
  6. Transfer to prepared pie crust.
  7. Add tabs of butter evenly over filling.
  8. Top your pie with second crust.  You can fit the entire sheet on top and add a few slits, or you can add a decorative top. Crimp the edges. In a small bowl add water and egg white. Whip together and brush on the top. This will help give the pie a nice golden brown.

  9. Bake at 450 for 30-35 minutes until golden. Let cool completely before serving. If your oven cooks on the warm side cover the sides of the pie crust with some foil to avoid burning. The last 15 minutes remove the foil.

  10. Top with ice cream or whipped cream if desired.

Recipe Notes

Slab Pie Q&A

How many servings does this slab pie make?

This pie serves 36 squares of pie.

What is the oldest pie?

The Ancient Egyptians were the first to invent a dish close to what we know as a pie today. They had a honey filling covered in a crusty cake made from oats, wheat, rye or barley. A recipe for chicken pie was also discovered on a tablet carved prior to 2000 BC

Do I Need To Peel My Apples?

Peeling the apples allows the apples to break down and turn soft. Leaving them on leaves you with a rough texture, so we recommend removing them. You can do this by hand, with an apple peeler, or with a kitchenaid attachment.

What type of apples should I use?

We recommend using a variety of apples.  A mixture of green and red is delicious.  Gala apples are perfect for baking.

How do I Serve Apple Pear Slab Pie?

Here are a few toppings you can serve on or with your apple pie!

  1. Try adding coarse sugar to the top before you bake. Or if you place on after you bake first butter the top then add coarse sugar. It adds a delicious sweet crunch.
  2. Creamy Vanilla ice cream.
  3. Whipped Cream
  4. Salted Caramel drizzle!

How Do I store slab pie?

Apple and Pear Slab pie can be store on your counter the day you make it. After you have eaten it and have leftovers its best to store them in an air tight container preferably in the fridge. It will keep there for 7 days.

Nutrition Facts
Apple and Pear Slab Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 square (1/36 of pie))
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 147mg6%
Potassium 137mg4%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 84IU2%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Facts
Apple and Pear Slab Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 square (1/36 of pie))
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 147mg6%
Potassium 137mg4%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 84IU2%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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