Happy Black Friday. If you’re reading this, then you’re not battling the frenzied, bargain-seeking-consumed crowds who are weighted down with an assortment of packages and bags that can cause serious injury if wielded in just the right way.
Since I presume you’re in a much better place and you survived Thanksgiving, this is the perfect time to talk food, my friend.
Before T-giving Day, I experimented with apple pie. Now, I realize that apple pie is already great, but in my lifelong quest to find the tastiest of the tasty, I tried this apple slab pie recipe from King Arthur Flour. I was intrigued because making it in this form yields more pieces, which in my house is always a plus.
I loved this recipe because:
- It was delicious.
- I’m not adept at making pie crusts. (Yes, that’s my food confession.) So, if you have trouble rolling this out, which I did, you can cobble it together and it’ll still be OK. You can’t do that with a round pie.
- The crust, while a bit troublesome for me, was de-licious.
- It made so much I was able to share with my friends James and Cathy and their girls, so there was much apple pie happiness in our neighborhood.
For the crust:
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
- 2 tablespoons buttermilk powder
- (I didn’t know what this was, but I found it in the grocery store in the bakery aisle. It’s kind of like powdered milk.)
- ¼ cup vegetable shortening
- 10 tablespoons very cold unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vinegar, cider or white
- 6 to 10 tablespoons ice water
For the filling:
- 1 cup Panko bread crumbs, or other coarse dry bread crumbs; or 1 cup coarsely crushed cornflakes
- 8 cups peeled, cored, and sliced Cortland apples, about 3 1/4 pounds (8 to 10 medium) whole apples
- 2/3 cup cinnamon sugar
For the optional glaze:
I did not make the glaze. After all, it’s optional. But I did brush some milk on the crust and sprinkled sparking sugar on it. Yum.
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1/3 cupboiled cider*
- small pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon groundcinnamon
- 1 teaspoon milk or cream, optional, if necessary to thin the glaze
- *Substitute 1/3 cup honey, if desired; or 1/4 cup thawed frozen apple juice concentrate, or maple syrup.
If you make this let me know how it turned out. Better yet, just bring me a piece. After all, you’ll have lots left over.