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Cherry Slab Pie

July 8, 2019Teresa

Okay, here you have it. One of my favorite desserts. Cherry Slab Pie. Yes, I LOVE cobblers and even cakes. But pie, oh my. I have my most-used Cherry Pie recipe already posted. But this past week I made three new Cherry Pie recipes, including Cherry Slab Pie.

This pie is a whopper. Granted, I know not everyone has the time or inclination to make homemade pie crust like I do. So if you can’t make it from scratch then use the refrigerated crusts that you roll out. You will need several to fit into the size cookie sheet for this recipe. (Probably at least six individual crusts or 3 boxes).

It also uses about 12 cups of fresh cherries, pitted and halved. If you have a cherry pitter, that will make this recipe less labor intensive. But the nice thing about this recipe is it serves a LOT.

It’s absolutely terrific for tailgating parties, Fourth of July, backyard barbecues, Family Reunions and the like. I sent it with John to his office today. I’m sure they will polish it off in no time!

Last summer I made a Peach Slab Pie. This recipe is a take off on that recipe. Instead of cinnamon it uses almond extract for flavoring.

The Northwest Cherry Growers in Washington state sent me another 20-pound box of fresh cherries this year to use in recipes and blog about. I think I made about 20 desserts last year. This year I made ten because most of the recipes took a lot more cherries. Seriously, their cherries are awesome. Plump, beautiful and delicious.

Let me offer a few tips when making up a pie the size of a cookie sheet. You must roll out the bottom layer and half the top crust (lattice or otherwise) ready to go before adding the filling. If you put the filling into the crust and let it sit for more than about 5 minutes (10 minutes tops), it will get soggy. I would not recommend this for those of you perfectionists who like to really weave a lattice crust. Unless you can weave the dough for this size crust in 5 minutes don’t attempt it. By the time you finish 20-30 minutes later, the crust will be soggy.

I also recommend pitting and halving the cherries first thing. Then allow them to sit in the flour and sugar mixture. It will break down into a syrup while you’re preparing the crust.

These pies have to be cooked a LONG time. The pie is started at 400 degrees for ten minutes. Then the temperature is reduced to 350 degrees. My pie took about an hour and fifty minutes at 350. You do the math. That’s about 2 hours. You need to keep cooking them until the syrup bubbles up between the lattice crust very thick. If you don’t, you’ll have a very runny pie which isn’t what you want here.

I placed my pie in the middle of the oven so it wouldn’t get burned on the top or the bottom. If your pie starts getting too browned on top, tent with foil until the pie is done.

If you’re patient and have time on your hands, this is a breathtaking dessert. Certainly, you can serve it with ice cream, but Cherry Slab Pie is outrageously delicious all on its own. Enjoy.

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Cherry Slab Pie is awesome.

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These scrumptious treats just ooze with flavor and deliciousness.

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Every bite will have you drooling. No kidding.

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If you enjoy cherries, you’ll love Cherry Slab Pie.

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients for the cherry filling, plus Homemade Pie Crust.

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Pit and halve cherries. Place in a large mixing bowl. Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add sugar and almond extract.

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Add lemon juice.

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Stir ingredients to combine and set aside.

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Meanwhile, make pie crust. Fit the crust into a 13″ x 19″ cookie sheet.

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Roll out the dough for a top lattice crust. With a pastry wheel, cut thin strips out of the dough.

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Once the top crust is ready to go (and NOT before), pour cherries into prepared crust.

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Dot with two to three tablespoons butter.

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Place strips of pie crust across the cookie sheet.

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Now place strips of pie crust in the opposite direction. Here you can see the pie crust hanging over the edges. Most of that will be trimmed off when you flute the edges.

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Flute the edges of the pie crust.

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Brush each strip of pie crust (horizontally and vertically) with half-and-half or milk.

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Sprinkle sugar evenly over the top of the pie.

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Place pie in the center of your oven. Bake the pie 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Reduce heat to 350 and continue baking an additional hour and 50 minutes. The juices must bubble up very thick before the pie is done. If your oven tends to brown the top too much, tent with foil to prevent over-browning.

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I used these ingredients for the almond glaze.

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Whisk ingredients to combine.

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Once the pie has cooled, drizzle the almond glaze over top.

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Cherry Slab Pie is an outrageously delectable dessert to die for!

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This is a terrific dessert for potlucks or company since it makes a lot. I cut the slab pie into 48 servings.

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Have a mouthful. 🙂

Here’s the recipe.

CHERRY SLAB PIE

(My own concoction)

Print Recipe
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This fantastic Cherry Slab Pie is outrageously delicious! It's flavored with almond extract in the filling and the glaze on top. It's terrific to make in summer when fresh cherries are in season. We like to serve it for tailgating parties, potlucks, Family Reunions or backyard barbecues. Also great for the Fourth of July.
Cherry Slab Pie | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this irresistible #pie is outrageously delicious. It's terrific to serve in the #summer when #FreshCherries are in season. We like it for #Tailgating parties, potlucks, Family Reunions or backyard BBQs. #dessert #CherryDessert #CherrySlabPie #Holiday #cherries #HolidayDessert #FourthOfJulyDessert #NWCherries #NorthwestCherryGrowers #Canbassador #FavoriteCherryPie
Course Dessert, Pies
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
CHERRY FILLING:
ALMOND GLAZE:
Course Dessert, Pies
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
CHERRY FILLING:
ALMOND GLAZE:
Cherry Slab Pie | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this irresistible #pie is outrageously delicious. It's terrific to serve in the #summer when #FreshCherries are in season. We like it for #Tailgating parties, potlucks, Family Reunions or backyard BBQs. #dessert #CherryDessert #CherrySlabPie #Holiday #cherries #HolidayDessert #FourthOfJulyDessert #NWCherries #NorthwestCherryGrowers #Canbassador #FavoriteCherryPie
Instructions
CHERRY FILLING:
  1. Grease a large 13”x19” cookie sheet (with edges).
  2. Roll out half of the pastry to a rectangle that will fit and overlap the cookie sheet.
  3. Gently place pastry into greased cookie sheet.
  4. Roll out remaining pastry and cut in ½” strips with a pastry wheel.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Stir cherries with 1 ½ cups sugar, flour, almond extract and lemon juice.
  7. Spread onto crust.
  8. Dot with the butter.
  9. Arrange long strips of lattice crust across the top of the cherries horizontally and vertically.
  10. Roll edges inward and then flute.
  11. Brush top crust with half-and-half or milk.(1/3 cup or so).
  12. Then sprinkle with sugar (about ½ cup until well covered).
  13. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes.
  14. Reduce heat to 350° and bake for about 1 ½ hours to 1 hour and 50 minutes, or until cherries are fully cooked.
  15. Syrup will thicken and bubble up thickly through the openings in the top crust.
  16. Cool completely before adding glaze.
ALMOND GLAZE:
  1. Combine ingredients to make a thick icing.
  2. Drizzle over top of cooled Cherry Slab Pie.
  3. Allow icing to set and harden about 15 minutes before cutting into pieces.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: My slab pie cooked 10 minutes at 400° and 1 hour and 50 minutes at 350°, before it was set enough and syrup was thickened.

NOTE: Do not add the cherries to the bottom crust until you have the top crust ready to go. Otherwise, the cherries and juice will sit too long on the bottom crust and it will become soggy.

NOTE: The pie is done when the syrup is no longer thin and runny. It will thicken like a sauce when cooked long enough.

NOTE:Unless you are really fast at weaving a lattice crust and can do the entire thing in 5 minutes, I do not recommend a true lattice crust for this recipe. If it takes you 15 to 20 minutes or longer to weave it, the filling will be in the unbaked crust too long and it will get soggy.

NOTE: I used a homemade pie crust, but you can use roll-out refrigerated pie crusts from the grocery store if you don't have the time or inclination to make our own pie crust.

Cherries provided courtesy of Northwest Cherry Growers.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen
Cherry Slab Pie | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this irresistible #pie is outrageously delicious. It's terrific to serve in the #summer when #FreshCherries are in season. We like it for #Tailgating parties, potlucks, Family Reunions or backyard BBQs. #dessert #CherryDessert #CherrySlabPie #Holiday #cherries #HolidayDessert #FourthOfJulyDessert #NWCherries #NorthwestCherryGrowers #Canbassador #FavoriteCherryPie #CherryPie

Doesn’t Cherry Slab Pie look wonderful?

Cherry Slab Pie | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this irresistible #pie is outrageously delicious. It's terrific to serve in the #summer when #FreshCherries are in season. We like it for #Tailgating parties, potlucks, Family Reunions or backyard BBQs. #dessert #CherryDessert #CherrySlabPie #Holiday #cherries #HolidayDessert #FourthOfJulyDessert #NWCherries #NorthwestCherryGrowers #Canbassador #FavoriteCherryPie #CherryPie

If you want to make a marvelous dessert that will wow your family and friends, this is it!

Cherry Slab Pie | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this irresistible #pie is outrageously delicious. It's terrific to serve in the #summer when #FreshCherries are in season. We like it for #Tailgating parties, potlucks, Family Reunions or backyard BBQs. #dessert #CherryDessert #CherrySlabPie #Holiday #cherries #HolidayDessert #FourthOfJulyDessert #NWCherries #NorthwestCherryGrowers #Canbassador #FavoriteCherryPie #CherryPie

This is one whopper of a pie. 🙂

Cherry Slab Pie | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this irresistible #pie is outrageously delicious. It's terrific to serve in the #summer when #FreshCherries are in season. We like it for #Tailgating parties, potlucks, Family Reunions or backyard BBQs. #dessert #CherryDessert #CherrySlabPie #Holiday #cherries #HolidayDessert #FourthOfJulyDessert #NWCherries #NorthwestCherryGrowers #Canbassador #FavoriteCherryPie

Cherry Slab Pie is so mouthwatering. This is my kind of comfort food.

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Print Recipe
Cherry Slab Pie BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
This fantastic Cherry Slab Pie is outrageously delicious! It's flavored with almond extract in the filling and the glaze on top. It's terrific to make in summer when fresh cherries are in season. We like to serve it for tailgating parties, potlucks, Family Reunions or backyard barbecues. Also great for the Fourth of July.
Cherry Slab Pie | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this irresistible #pie is outrageously delicious. It's terrific to serve in the #summer when #FreshCherries are in season. We like it for #Tailgating parties, potlucks, Family Reunions or backyard BBQs. #dessert #CherryDessert #CherrySlabPie #Holiday #cherries #HolidayDessert #FourthOfJulyDessert #NWCherries #NorthwestCherryGrowers #Canbassador #FavoriteCherryPie
Course Dessert, Pies
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
CHERRY FILLING:
ALMOND GLAZE:
Course Dessert, Pies
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
CHERRY FILLING:
ALMOND GLAZE:
Cherry Slab Pie | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this irresistible #pie is outrageously delicious. It's terrific to serve in the #summer when #FreshCherries are in season. We like it for #Tailgating parties, potlucks, Family Reunions or backyard BBQs. #dessert #CherryDessert #CherrySlabPie #Holiday #cherries #HolidayDessert #FourthOfJulyDessert #NWCherries #NorthwestCherryGrowers #Canbassador #FavoriteCherryPie
Instructions
CHERRY FILLING:
  1. Grease a large 13”x19” cookie sheet (with edges).
  2. Roll out half of the pastry to a rectangle that will fit and overlap the cookie sheet.
  3. Gently place pastry into greased cookie sheet.
  4. Roll out remaining pastry and cut in ½” strips with a pastry wheel.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Stir cherries with 1 ½ cups sugar, flour, almond extract and lemon juice.
  7. Spread onto crust.
  8. Dot with the butter.
  9. Arrange long strips of lattice crust across the top of the cherries horizontally and vertically.
  10. Roll edges inward and then flute.
  11. Brush top crust with half-and-half or milk.(1/3 cup or so).
  12. Then sprinkle with sugar (about ½ cup until well covered).
  13. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes.
  14. Reduce heat to 350° and bake for about 1 ½ hours to 1 hour and 50 minutes, or until cherries are fully cooked.
  15. Syrup will thicken and bubble up thickly through the openings in the top crust.
  16. Cool completely before adding glaze.
ALMOND GLAZE:
  1. Combine ingredients to make a thick icing.
  2. Drizzle over top of cooled Cherry Slab Pie.
  3. Allow icing to set and harden about 15 minutes before cutting into pieces.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: My slab pie cooked 10 minutes at 400° and 1 hour and 50 minutes at 350°, before it was set enough and syrup was thickened.

NOTE: Do not add the cherries to the bottom crust until you have the top crust ready to go. Otherwise, the cherries and juice will sit too long on the bottom crust and it will become soggy.

NOTE: The pie is done when the syrup is no longer thin and runny. It will thicken like a sauce when cooked long enough.

NOTE:Unless you are really fast at weaving a lattice crust and can do the entire thing in 5 minutes, I do not recommend a true lattice crust for this recipe. If it takes you 15 to 20 minutes or longer to weave it, the filling will be in the unbaked crust too long and it will get soggy.

NOTE: I used a homemade pie crust, but you can use roll-out refrigerated pie crusts from the grocery store if you don't have the time or inclination to make our own pie crust.

Cherries provided courtesy of Northwest Cherry Growers.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

4 Comments

  • Donna

    July 11, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Mouth watering. I have to try using the Almond extract. My DH does not like the taste of cinnamon and I have cut down on it in recipes but somehow he say’s he can still taste it. Who doesn’t like almonds! I also wonder if using Splenda (I can’t have sugar) would work in this recipe. I use it in most recipes for myself that call for sugar but am not sure about pies and such as don’t know if it will thicken as regular sugar does. Maybe try a potpie size to try? Any thoughts? Love Cherries, thanks for the recipe!

    1. Teresa

      July 11, 2019 at 10:26 am

      Hi, Donna. Yes, substituting splenda will definitely change the consistency. Sugar tends to help the cherries make the syrup. I’m not sure how it would work, but it would sure be worth giving it a try. I have heard that using Stevia liquid drops is a better substitute for splenda. But that’s something where you’re going to have to drizzle dropperfuls of the stevia and taste before you get the right amount. I would definitely try a small version of this first and work out any kinks that way. Also your baking time will be greatly reduced. The main thing is cooking the cherries long enough so that any liquid bubbles up thick. Until that happens the pie will be soupy when you cut into it. So since you’re not using sugar–maybe all bets are off!! Good luck. 🙂

  • J

    July 8, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    I wish I could take a bite of that cherry slab pie, right now! 😂

    1. Teresa

      July 8, 2019 at 2:40 pm

      It went out to John’s office today where it was promptly disposed of!

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