Peach Apricot Slab Pie
For the filling
cups peeled and sliced ripe apricots*
and 1/2 to 2 cups sugar
cup (1/2 stick) salted butter, cut into chunks
For the crust
cups flour, spooned and leveled
and 1/2 teaspoons salt
cup (1 stick) cold salted butter, cut into chunks
cup + 1 tablespoon butter-flavored Crisco
cup ice cold water
tablespoons coarse sugar
heavy cream, for serving
- Peel the fruit. If it is not quite ripe and you are having trouble, blanch it: bring a pot of water to a rolling boil, add the apricots and/or peaches (make sure they are submerged), and boil for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Immediately remove to a bowl of cold water, and then peel after they have cooled a minute. The skins should slide right off.
- Slice the fruit and add to a medium bowl.
- Add 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups sugar. The original recipe says 1 and 1/2 cups, but when I made it, half of my apricots were pretty under ripe, so I upped the sugar to 2 cups. The next time I used 1 and 3/4 cup, because some were unripe but not as many. If your apricots are very ripe and ready to eat, then use 1 and 1/2 cups sugar.
- Add 1/4 cup flour and stir all the fruit together.
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Measure out 1/2 cup of cold water (for the crust) and stick it in the freezer.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt.
- Use a pastry cutter to cut in the stick of butter and the Crisco. You want pea-size pieces of butter.
- Add half of the water from the freezer. Use a wooden spoon or your hands to moisten the dough. Add the rest of the water and use your hands (dust them in flour first) to knead the dough just a few times to make it come together in a ball. Don't knead more than necessary.
- Dust a work surface with plenty of flour. (I love to use my pastry cloth for rolling out any kind of dough.)
- Divide the dough in half. Use a rolling pin to roll out half of the dough into a large rectangle, about 13 inches by 17 inches (or enough to cover the bottom and go up the sides of a 9x13 inch dish.) Use the rolling pin to transfer the dough to the dish. (see photos)
- Sprinkle the bottom of the crust with 1 tablespoon flour and 1 tablespoon sugar.
- Add the fruit filling to the crust.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Sprinkle 1/4 cup of butter over the top of the filling,
- Roll out the other half of the dough. You can either do a simple rectangle (about 9x13 inches) or you could divide the remaining dough in half and roll each into a rectangle for a lattice crust. Use a pizza cutter to slice the dough into strips (Half into long strips, half into short strips), then place the strips over the filling, interlocking them, hopefully better than I did. (Lattice newbie here.)
- Fold the bottom crust that went up the sides of the dish over the top crust on the edges, and gently press to seal with your fingers.
- If you don't do a lattice, be sure to use a fork or knife to poke holes in the top for venting.
- Use a pastry brush to coat the top of the crust with milk.
- Sprinkle the crust with sugar.
- Bake at 375 for about 45-50 minutes, until nice and golden brown on top.
- Let stand for at least 20 minutes before serving.
- Serve in a bowl with a generous amount of cream. Don't be stingy!
by The Food Charlatan