Apricot-cherry slab pie is a portable dessert, with a buttery, flaky crust and fresh spring fruit filling. It’s perfect picnic food.
I am not, by nature, a paranoid person. When we first moved into this house, I was pleased to see that we had 3 fruit trees. We had, of course, the usual lemon and orange trees, which I think are required in California, but we also had an apricot tree! (This post was originally posted on June 13th, 2011, has been updated and contains affiliate links.)
I watched that autumn as the leaves fell off, and then again in the spring when the new growth appeared, and the little green fruits began to emerge. The tree ripens right around the second weekend in June, I know this because my mother-in-law’s birthday is Flag Day and we go out to the desert to celebrate. We ate a few of those lovely fruits, but when we returned on Sunday our tree was bare. Stripped! Not a single fruit was left. Not even a green one! Now, I don’t begrudge a greedy squirrel, bird or rat a few apricots, (although I wish they’d eat what falls on the ground)but squirrels usually don’t clean up after themselves.
This happened each year, we’d get a few and return to a bare tree! So, after the fifth year of thievery, I called the Pasadena police. But I could tell that they had far bigger fish to fry than deal with a crazy woman’s missing apricots. When we manage to outsmart the thieves, (usually the weather has something to do with it, ripening them either a little bit earlier or later) I make apricot jam, apricot chutney and Apricot Cherry Slab Pie. This recipe, from Better Homes and Gardens calls for canned apricots, in case you don’t have an apricot tree.
This apricot-cherry slab pie is perfect to take on a picnic, because you can eat it with your hands if you like.
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The most time consuming part of this recipe is the pastry. If you want make it even easier, use refrigerated pie dough. (2 packages, or four crusts, cut to fit) Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 3 15 1/4 oz cans apricot halves drained and cut into quarters
- 2 16 oz can pitted tart red cherries drained and sliced in half
- vanilla glaze
- 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and enough milk (5-6 teaspoons) to make it drizzly
For pastry, in a large mixing bowl stir together the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Lightly beat egg yolk in a glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to egg yolk mixture to make 3/4 cup total liquid, mix well. Stir egg yolk mixture into flour mixture, mix well. set aside 1/3 of the dough.
On a lightly floured surface, roll remaining 2/3 of the dough into an 18x12 inch rectangle. To transfer pastry, carefully wrap it around the rolling pin and then unroll into a 15x10x1 inch baking pan (pastry will hang over edges of pan). Preheat oven to 375* .
In a large bowl combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in apricots and cherries. Spoon into the prepared crust.
Roll the remaining dough into a 16 x 11 inch rectangle; place over fruit. Bring bottom pastry up and over top pastry. Seal edges with the tines of a fork. Prick top pastry over entire surface with the tines of the fork.
Bake about 40 to 50 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Serve warm or cool. Drizzle with glaze. Makes about 24 2x3 inch bars.
Vanilla Glaze: In a small bowl combine powdered sugar, vanilla and enough milk to make it drizzly.
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