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Oakville Grocery’s chef Jason Rose concocted this crowd-pleasing pie, but baker Julie Marie Craig makes it every morning starting at 4am—a worthy cause. It serves an army (almost), so bring it along with your appetite to a holiday feast.
Rudd Farms Apple Slab Pie
6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups butter, cold and cut in 1/2-inch cubes
Pinch of salt
Approximately 1 cup Ice water
8 large Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Juice of one lemon
1 egg yolk
Dash of heavy cream
Handful of raw sugar
Half Sheet Pan, 18 x 13 inches
Two Mixing Bowls, one chilled
1. Place the flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine.
2. Add in butter then pulse for 20 seconds, or until coarse crumbs have formed. Transfer to chilled mixing bowl.
3. Make a well in the center and pour in two-thirds of the water.
4. Gently twist in with your hand; shaggy dough should start to appear.
5. Add the final bit of water and continue to work in until a ball has formed.
6. Knead on a lightly floured surface until it has come together—this should take 3-5 minutes.
7. Divide into two equal portions.
8. Form into flat rectangles and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for 2 hours.
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Place the apple chunks, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and juice in a bowl.
3. Toss until the cornstarch has fully dissolved into the liquid.
4. Place in fridge while rolling out the dough.
1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the portions of dough, to 19 x 14 inches.
2. Place in an ungreased half sheet pan, letting the excess dough hang evenly over the edges.
3. Evenly spread all of the filling into the crust.
4. Roll out the remaining portion of dough to 19 x 14 inches.
5. You can either vent the pie by now cutting out shapes in the top crust with very small cookie cutters or cut slits in the top after placing it in the pan.
6. Place dough atop the filling, making sure that there is a slight overhang from the pan.
7. Using a rolling pin, roll along the edges of the pan, sealing the bottom and top crusts together. This action will also cut off the excess over hanging dough, which should fall right off. If it doesn’t, neatly pull off the excess dough at the seal.
8. Pie can now be chilled for a maximum of 24 hours and baked later, or baked straight away.
9. Before baking, whisk the yolk & heavy cream together. Using a pastry brush, brush atop the top crust. Sprinkle with raw sugar.
10. Bake in a non-convection oven for 30 minutes, rotate the pan, then bake an additional 30 minutes, or until the crust had become deeply golden in color.