Slab pies are an easy and delicious way to serve up a crowd-pleasing dessert. Slab pies are baked in a large baking sheet and cut into squares for easy serving. They are made with a variety of fillings, from sweet to savory. Traditional recipes often include a shortbread crust and a fruit filling, but modern interpretations can include all sorts of flavors. The possibilities are endless!
When making a slab pie, be sure to start with a good-quality cooking sheet. A non-stick pan is essential for getting the crust to bake evenly, and a dark pan will help the edges of the crust to brown. Preparing the filling is the next step. For a simple version, mix together sugar, butter, and your favorite fruit filling. For something a bit more complex, whisk together a custard or other creamy filling.
Once the filling is prepared, it’s time to make the crust. Store-bought pie crusts can be used, but making your own is an easy and rewarding task. Start with a simple dough of flour, sugar, butter, and salt. Roll the dough out and press it into the baking sheet. If desired, decorate the edges of the crust with a fork or a lattice pattern.
Finally, pour the filling into the prepared crust, and bake the slab pie in a preheated oven. The exact baking time will depend on the size of the pan and the type of filling. A standard 9x13-inch pan will take about 45 minutes, but be sure to check on the pie periodically to ensure it doesn’t burn.
Once the slab pie is baked, let it cool before slicing. The finished product can be served warm or chilled, depending on the type of filling. Serve the slices with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream for an extra-special treat. Enjoy!