Monday, April 12, 2010

Remembering Dad

My sister telephoned this morning and said three words, "Today's Dad's birthday."  "I know," I said, "I was going to call you."  My dad passed away in 1995 and would have been 90 years old today, but I had started thinking, a week ago, about what his favorite dessert was that I would bake today.  My conclusion, he loved everything my mother made! Even the time she mistakenly added cloves instead of chili powder to her chili, he ate it and told her it was delicious!  Now, that's real love.

I decided on an apple pie, but the new way I make it...Slab Apple Pie.
I came up with this a few years ago as a way to pack a piece of pie for my husband's lunch at football games.  I bake the pie in a 10" x 15" baking sheet and can get twelve pieces of pie that travels well.  It goes together quickly and I can vow that it freezes well, just in case you can't finish it.  I wrap it in wax paper for "game days" but plating it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream would be good too.

Slab Apple Pie...for Dad
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1  tsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 3/4 cups Crisco butter-flavored shortening, cut into cubes
1/2 cup ice cold water
1 egg
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
In the KitchenAid, combine dry ingredients and mix well with the paddle attachment.  Add the shortening and mix until coarse crumbs.  Mix the water, egg, and vinegar and whisk with a fork to combine.  While mixer is running, add the wet ingredients and mix to combine.
  Turn out onto a floured board and form into two disks.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, make the filling.
Preheat oven 400F-degrees.

8 cups of apple (I used Granny Smith and Honey Crisp, but any cooking apple will do)
2 T lemon juice  (1/2 lemon)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cardamon
2 T Boiled Apple Cider
1/4 tsp. salt
Peel and slice apples.  I use a corer, but then, slice the slices in half.

Place sliced apple in a large bowl. Squeeze the lemon juice over the apples.  Add the sugar, spices, and boiled cider, stir together to combine.  Set aside.  Take dough out of the refrigerator and roll out into a rectangle.

Roll up on the rolling pin to place onto the baking sheet.

Add the filling on top of the dough, distributing the apples evenly.  Roll the top dough in the same manner as the bottom.  Place on top of the filling, seal edges and crimp.
Use a small knife to cut slits in the top; I did twelve. You can sprinkle the top with granulated sugar, or my favorite, add a glaze after baking. Bake in the oven 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown and the juices are flowing.  Remove from oven and spread glaze over the top while the pie is warm.  Let cool one hour before cutting.

1 cup confectioners sugar
2 T maple syrup
2 T unsalted butter, at room temperature
1-2 T milk or cream
In a small bowl, cream the butter.  Add the sugar and maple syrup and mix to combine.  Stir in milk or cream to create a pourable glaze.
Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and yum, yum.  Happy Birthday, Dad...we miss you!


  1. You are so right---Dad loved everything Mom cooked or baked. Remember every night when he finished dinner, he walked to her end of the table and kissed her and told her how good everything was? Happy Birthday, Dad, we miss you.
    I love the idea of the slab pie and probably to your amazement, I even have the Boiled Cider from KAF to make one!!!

  2. I'm glad you added the memory of the kiss after dinner. I have to add, we couldn't leave the table until Dad gave Mom a kiss. I am surprised you already have the Boiled Cider...I thought you were going to say, "that's another thing I have to have!"

  3. Thanks for reminding us of the fond memories of
    grandpa...I miss him! You make the best apple pie, mom. Remember
    the corn maze in NJ we went to we got apples at
    the farm afterwards so you could make us a pie.

  4. I loved the corn maize! Michael proved to be quite the "navigator" finding our way out. Autumn and Apple Pie are just a must!

  5. I love that you memorialized your father's birthday with his favorite dessert. This touched me.

  6. This reminds me of two things. I'm sure Kelly has told you about my Dad's Strawberry Shortcake message. If not, you've got to ask her about it. Secondly, it reminds me of the time when I was in Junior high and I made Tamale Pie. My Mom didn't have Chili Powder so she borrowed some from my Aunt down the street. Except it was cinnamon and not Chili powder. I haven't had a Tamale Pie quite like that since :)

    I love the stories about your parents. I wish I had known them. Memories are precious.

  7. Oh, and I can't wait to try this pie!!

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  9. don't usually love apple pie, but you had me at glaze! This looks incredible! I love making apple pie for my dad when he visits and for Matty. I can't wait to try it. :)