Slab Apple Pie – Perfect for Fall, Perfect for Freezing

I experimented with my traditional apple pie recipe recently by baking it into a 9×13-inch pan, thus the name, Slab Apple Pie. This dessert has several things going for it:

  1. It’s super easy to throw together. I’m not worried about fluting edges or getting the topping in a perfect mound. Just layer the ingredients and bake.
  2. There’s a bigger crust to apple ratio. If you’re low carbs, this isn’t your sweet. But, oh my….
  3. It freezes just as well as a regular pie, but has a shape more conducive to your freezer space. If you don’t have enough pans in the house, freeze each layer (prior to baking) in its own freezer bag. Then thaw and assemble prior to baking.

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  1. This looks delicious! Love the ease of freezing this too!

  2. I don't have my big food processor any more (it went away when we moved) but I actually have a big freezer for the first time. This looks like a good project for it. Thank you!!

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  4. Ann Marie says:

    ooooooOOOOOO this sounds yummy!! I've recently started using those foil pans for things I need to freeze/take to a potluck (because I only have so many dishes!) I may have to try this sometime!! :) Thanks for sharing it!

  5. Wonderful! I have some apples waiting to be used. This looks like the recipe I was waiting for!

  6. I've never had a slab apple pie, but I think I'll have to change that! This looks absolutely delicious =D.

  7. Hoosier Homemade says:

    I bet that's a lot easier to serve too. Looks yummy! Thanks for joining in the fun at the Holiday Food Fest!
    ~Liz

  8. This looks awesome (and do-able by a non-confident chef!) Might try it soon. A question about pans etc. I read somewhere that some folks line pans w/ foil, prep then take out and freeze. That way they just thaw back in the pan to cook. Do you do it this way?

  9. Just found your blog and saw this pie, then looked at the enormous bag of Fuyu persimmons my neighbor gave me. No one will eat them but me,so I tried them in this pie recipe. It worked! So good and super easy (I made it with my 2 year old and she loved helping). Thanks!

  10. Kris, I've never done the foil thing. I've heard mixed reviews from others. I have three glass pans that I use and every once in awhile I buy a few packages of the foil pans. I wash and reuse them if they're easy to clean up.

  11. Courtney, you know what they say…. when life hands you persimmons, make slab pie.

    Or something like that. ;)

  12. heartnsoulcooking says:

    What a GREAT!!! recipe. I love that it sounds so EASY!!!
    Geri

  13. gfe--gluten free easily says:

    This sounds like a genius idea! Sometimes a dessert in a 9 x 13 pan is just what you want–for all the reasons you cited. Your Slab Pie looks and sounds very delish. I bet the concept could be a applied to other pies. Great for a big crowd, too!

    Shirley

  14. This looks so good. I think I'm ready to start making some apple desserts. I might have to start with this one.

  15. I made this pie for a function and I loved how easy it was. It tasted wonderful. I did add some oatmeal to the chopped nuts for a more crusty topping. I will be making this again VERY soon!

  16. Does if matter what kind of apples you use? What do you use?

  17. Use good baking apples, like Jonathan or Granny Smith. Anything that is considered a baking apple.

  18. Do you freeze this in one portion or cut it up before freezing? I can’t imagine that we would be able to eat all that delicious pie in one sitting.

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      We are a family of eight and the kids can often eat one on their own. It’s thinner than a traditional pie. But, if you want, you could divide it into two 8 inch square pans.

      • @Jessica Fisher, This recipe is fantastic & so easy! I divided the mix into 2 dishes – one for now & one for the freezer. Absolutely delicious! I love the push in crust – so quick & simple. I used macadamia nuts in the topping – divine!

      • @Jessica Fisher,
        I’ve had my eye and mind on this pie for a while now. My 4 year old has been asking for 3 day could we make apple pie and I finally caved in and made your recipe. DELICIOUS. Love your grandma’s crust and I used it in a traditional pie pan ’cause the crust in a pie is my favorite part. Used 4 apples for this pie pan so the pie would be loaded with apples. Also didn’t use the processor for topping so we’d have noticable crunch from the almonds I used. Jessica, I had a crumb apple recipe I was content with but this is by far my favorite and definitely a keeper. Love the loads of cinnamon throughout those apples too. And you are right, store bought pies are gross and don’t hold a match to THIS PIE! Sorry for the long message

  19. This was delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Michele Choo says:

    I just tried this recipe out today! It was so easy and foolproof!!! Thanks! My younger boy loved it! Will definitely use this recipe again. :)

  21. We made this recipe recently & divided it between two pie plates. We used 100% whole wheat flour, reduced the butter & sugar & LOVED the results. Thanks, Jessica!

  22. Colleen P says:

    Printing the recipe out now in hopes of making it this week…and pinning it to make in the future. Thanks for sharing a yummy-looking recipe. Can’t wait to try!

  23. This has my name all over it! Can’t wait to try it – my charming son-in-law doesn’t care for chocolate, but luvs anything with apples in it! I’m not much of a pie baker, so this looks right up my ally! Thanks for posting!

  24. This was delicious after our Sunday dinner! This was my first ever pie crust (they’ve always scared me!) and it was easy and delicious. I ran out of AP flour, so I used whole wheat and rolled oats in the crumble. Was delicious served with vanilla ice cream!

  25. This is in my oven right now! Smells great but how on earth did you use one pie crust to cover the whole pan??? I had to use a 9×9 because there was no way it was covering anything bigger. Its tall and thick but hopefully works out

  26. This recipe sounds so easy and yummy. Unfortunately my son has a nut allergy. Do you have any suggestions on what else I could use for the topping??

  27. 9/21/13: This recipe was AWESOME! I love baking and cooking big time, and when I tasted this, it was so good I couldn’t believe it came from my own oven and not some fab bakery! I made a half batch in an 8×8 pan, used 4 fresh/FIRM Golden Delicious apples, 1t cinnamon, added 5-6 taps of nutmeg, sprinkle of salt, and about 1/4 cup of flour because my apples were juicy. For the crust, I used the full recipe and added a good 1/2T of sugar to round out the salt, but just pushed the crust 2/3 up the sides, so there was a nice crust all the way around. I used the full amnt of ingredients for the topping as well, and just added a sprinkle of salt to that too. Baked it for 55 minutes and served with Cool Whip. Entire family was freaking over it, and it was crazy easy. This is going to be my go to crust for pies in general now! Love not having to roll it out. Would definitely recommend to any level of baker! Thanks for an awesome recipe!

  28. Hi there – we made this for thanksgiving. it was DELICIOUS! thank you. quick question – we had a ton of dessert and we have a lot leftover. can I freeze it once it is already baked? or will it be to dry to reheat once it’s thawed? thanks!

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