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Peach Apricot Slab Pie from The Food Charlatan
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Peach Apricot Slab Pie

This big Peach and Apricot SLAB pie will feed a crowd, using fresh apricots and the most abundant, flakiest crust everrr. The best part? You douse your whole slice in a healthy splash of cold cream!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Standing Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 621kcal
Author Karen

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 7 cups ripe apricots peeled and sliced*
  • 1 & 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup salted butter cut into chunks (1/2 stick)

For the crust:

  • 3 cups flour spooned and leveled
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup cold salted butter cut into chunks (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored Crisco + 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons coarse sugar
  • heavy cream for serving

Instructions

  • 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!

Notes

*You can use all apricots, or part apricot/part peach. I used about 14 medium-ish apricots and 3 large peaches for my second batch.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 621kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 528mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 2822IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 3mg