That’s a beautiful Paula Red apple from Champlain Orchards. Paula Reds are perfect for baking because they are firm and tart and can stand up to the heat of the oven. You need about 4 or 5 of them for this recipe. We had picked a peck of apples, which is a whole lot more than 4 or 5, so I had enough for both apple slab pie and applesauce. Yum!
Anyway, here’s the scoop on the slab. You need two pie crusts the way you do for regular apple pie. Go ahead and make your own if you are inspired – personally, I use the premade piecrust dough that you can find in the refrigerated section of your supermarket. They are perfectly tasty, and if you don’t tell I won’t tell, and nobody else will be ABLE to tell. Lay them out and cut them into roughly 9×9 inch squares.
Now lay one of the squares into an 8×8 inch square baking pan that you have lined with nonstick foil that extends out over the sides (this will make it SO much easier to take the pie out of the pan, and you will think warm fuzzy thoughts about me). It will come up a little but around the sides – this is just right. Now scatter about 1/2 cup of crushed cornflakes (the regular variety or the frosted variety). I bought one of those single serving containers of Frosted Flakes and it was more than enough, and that way I didn’t have a large box of Frosted Flakes lingering in my pantry. The cereal will absorb some of the liquid from the apples so your bottom crust doesn’t get all mushy. I’ve heard of folks making apple slab pie with breadcrumbs instead of cereal, and so if you’d rather go that route I’m sure that would be just fine.
Now layer your apples – peeled and sliced – on top of the cornflakes, and sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top. Place the other crust on top and push towards the bottom crust as best you can. Don’t worry about sealing them together. Cut a few slashes in the top of the crust and pop it in the oven for about an hour.
Once it comes out and is completely cool, you are going to make a sinfully good sugar glaze out of powdered sugar and Vermont maple syrup. Drizzle it on – drizzle it ALL on. It’s the secret sauce that takes this dessert over the edge into extreme wonderfulness.
Now comes the best part – you can cut this up into whatever size square slabs you want (small and dainty, big and hearty, etc) and serve it up.
No more struggling with the apple pie wedges – especially that stubborn first one. Inside will be a tender layer of cinnamon-sweet apples, all contained in an obedient, fragrant, maple syrup crust. And with that, I may never go back to regular apple pie ever again. Vermont, on the other hand…I’ll see YOU again next month!