Slab Pie, aka the Perfect Potluck Pie
Be the hero at your next gathering, and bring the Perfect Potluck Pie, a slab pie in a rectangular form, yielding a bit more crust for that luscious fruit.
The open air lattice encourages the juices to cook and concentrate. And, the even thickness of filling allows the crust to bake quick and hot for those lovely flaky layers. A variation of the traditional pie that you, your family, and friends will truly want to experience.
A slab pie is not only beautiful, but easy to cut, easy to serve, and feeds as many or as little as you like. It's quite the delicious and flexible dessert. Quarter sheet in size, it makes for 12 giant square-ish slices, 24 dessert size triangles, or 72 shot glass servings. Measures 12.5" x 9.5".
It comes bare crusted, without a tin to get in your way or send to a landfill. Did I not say that it is perfect?
Be sure to order ahead, especially on busy baking days. I am only able to keep so many in inventory due to the slab pie size. One week in advance please.
Keeping and storage
Keep the pie in a cool place on the counter if eating within a day or two. Refrigerate if keeping longer. The crust will hold up best if the pie is wrapped in plastic and refrigerated, but be sure to warm to room temp before eating.
Refreshing your pie
It's best to start with a room temperature pie. If it has been in the fridge, then take it out a few hours before eating. You just want to warm the pie, not re-cook it. Turn on the oven to 200 deg. Place the pie on a sheet pan in the middle of the oven. Bake for 5-10 minutes, then rotate the pan. Bake another 5-10 minutes or until warmed through. To check the temperature of the middle, you can place a skewer or toothpick into the center and hold it there for several seconds. Remove and feel the skewer with your finger. If the skewer is warm to your liking, then your pie is ready.
How to cut a Slab Pie
For 12 servings, cut into 3 x 4 sections.
For 24 servings, cut each of the 1/12th squares on the diagnal for 24 triangular pieces.
For 72 shot glass servings, cut each 1/12th square into 2 x 3 for 6 bite size pieces.