Don't Want to Cook Dessert: Make Apple Pie Slabs
Okay, you need--or want--dessert, but you're totally tired, tired, tired of cooking! What do you do? Pick something up somewhere? Probably not a good idea in the midst of a pandemic, and those grocery store pies aren't always the greatest. Well, one option is to bake something simple using grocery store convenience items. In this case, it's Apple Pie Slabs. The open-face pies are incredibly good looking and tasting. Are they cheating? That is, will the cooking police come after you because the pies aren't totally "from scratch"? Nope. Didn't happen in my house. Life went on, and no one complained about the Apple Pie Slabs. They just ate them. With ice cream. Then went for more...yum, yum, yum, yum, yum.
Apple Pie Slabs -- Makes 3 pies, serves 6
3 sheets of defrosted puff pastry (I use Lidl's puff pastry which is relatively cheap and in sheets/pieces about 6 x 3-inches. If you use other brands, you may need to cut the sheets into pieces about those approximate dimensions.)
1 15-16-ounce can of apple pie filling
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of allspice
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
Cinnamon sugar if you like
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Lay the pastry sheets on the baking sheet. With a knife, cut into the slabs about 1/4-inch around the edges--like you're making a picture frame--but don't cut all the way through the pastry. Divide the apple pie filling among the 3 pastry sheets, mounding it in the center of the "frames." Sprinkle on the spices evenly. If you'd like, sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar on top of the apples. Bake the pie slabs for about 20 minutes or until puffed and browned. That's it! Serve the pie slabs warm with ice cream or whipped cream.