Peach Almond Slab Pie

Peach Almond Slab Pie Slice
Summer time is pie time.  After years of resistance, I have come to love  a good fruit pie, with juices running every which way.  But as seasonal as it is, fruit pie is not often convenient for summer activities.  It doesn’t go on road trips, or to the beach.  It doesn’t slip into sack lunches for camp, or feed the crowd at the Friday night neighborhood barbecue.
Enter slab pie.  It may sound unprepossessing, but slab pie is a pinch hitter for summer fun.   Sure, a higher crust to fruit ratio makes it neater to take along with you, but it’s also just a little sassier – big enough to feed a crowd, with a slick of icing and generous proportions, it’s the Fat Amy to regular fruit pie’s Becca. (Bonus points if you get my reference.)

Below, a comparison:

[wpcol_1half id="" style=""]Traditional Pie

Fork Food

Eat at a Table

More Fruit than Crust

Wedges

Feeds a Few

Plain Topped, Somewhat Austere Crust[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id="" style=""]Slab Pie

Finger Food

Eat at a Picnic

More Crust Than Fruit

Squares

Feeds a Crowd

Icing! (Think: Pop Tart)

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Slab pie just feels casual, and bountiful and easy.  It says barbecues and picnics and pool parties and cut just another little bite.   And that’s the spirit of summer time.

Peach Almond Slab Pie

A note about peeling peaches:  It does add more to the time, but it’s worth doing.  It’s actually pretty satisfying to peel the peaches – cut a shallow x in the base, drop them into boiling water, then ice water, and the skin peels off like magic.  If you ever peeled skin off a sunburn (I know, gross, but also you know you do it) or put glue on your hand in grade school for the pleasure of peeling it off later (I can’t be the only one who did this) you will dig peeling peaches.  If you now think I’m totally off my rocker, you can sub in nectarines instead.  Just please – no white nectarines, and no fuzzy peaches.

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Peach Almond Slab Pie

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Peach Almond Slab Pie
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 8 largish peaches (about 3 lbs, to yield about 6 cups fruit)
  • Juice ½ lemon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 3 Tb ground almonds or almond flour
  • 3 Tb. Cornstarch
  • 2 recipes sour cream pie crust (I like this pie crust because it is easy peasy to roll out. I've also subbed in whole Greek yogurt for the sour cream, but that results in a slightly sturdier crust. Which is not a bad thing, necessarily)
For the glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 3-4 Tb. water (or until pourable consistency)
Instructions
Peel the peaches:
  1. Make a shallow but large cross in the bottom of the skin of each peach - along the crease and perpendicular to it, away from the stem end. Slip the peach into boiling water for 10-15 seconds, then into ice water. The skin will peel off easily. If it doesn't, you can repeat the boiling/ice water bath process.
Mix the filling:
  1. Cut the peaches into bite sized pieces, and toss with the lemon juice, sugar, almond extract, ground almonds and cornstarch.
Assemble the pie:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and line a 10X15 rimmed cookie sheet with parchment.
  2. Roll one recipe of crust out on a floured surface to a rectangle larger than your pan. Carefully roll the dough over your rolling pin and transfer it to the pan, so that there's overhang on all edges.
  3. Spread the peach filling over the pie dough.
  4. Roll out your second recipe of pie dough. Drape it over the peaches. Use a knife to trim away excess (this is designed to make extra pie dough - I HATE coming up short, so I'd always prefer to make a bit extra), then roll the bottom crust over the top one to create a sealed, raised edge within the rim of your pan.
  5. Using a small cookie cutter, cut air vents out of your top crust. (I made a polka dot pie).
  6. Bake for 40-55 minutes, until the crust is golden.
  7. When the pie has cooled, mix the ingredients for the glaze until pourable consistency, and brush it over the top of the pie.
Notes
Inspired by Martha Stewart

 

6 comments to Peach Almond Slab Pie

  • I love this slab pie idea! Just brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

  • Uh oh..Another recipe to try to bake. This is absolutely delicious. Peach and Almond definitely go well together. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Wondering if you can substitute fresh canned peaches for this instead of just the fresh peaches?

    • Kate

      Anna – I haven’t done it (I usually think canned peaches have a different flavor from fresh) but I don’t see why you couldn’t. You might want to adjust the sweeteners, since canned peaches are usually packed in at least juice which is sweeter than fresh.

  • Meg

    Just made this last night, yum! As a pretty inexperienced baker, I found this pretty simple, but the dough (I used plain yogurt) was a little sticky. I pressed it into the pan by (clean) hand and using the back of a spoon and it worked well. I left off the glaze but drizzled some of the excess juices from the peaches on top, yum! I also blanched and ground almonds for the first time, very satisfying and easy, perhaps a bit more than peeling the peaches.

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