James Beard Award Nominee 2019 for Best Cookbook: Baking and Desserts
The delicious new food trend of slab pies that makes it easy to serve sweet or savory pastry to a crowd-or just your family!
For those of you who aren't up on your Pinterest food trends, slab pie is just like regular pie-only better (and bigger)! Instead of crimping and meticulously rolling out a round crust, slab pies are an unfussy twist that are perfect for a potluck or dinner party or just a family dinner. Baked on sheet pans, slab pies can easily serve a crowd of people dinner or dessert. Pie Squared includes seventy-five foolproof recipes, along with inventive decoration tips that will appeal to baking nerds and occasional bakers alike. And this fresh, uncomplicated take on pie will surely pique the interest of those who have previously been reluctant to take out their rolling pin.
Barrow didn't invent slab pie, but she definitely thinks outside of the crust. In addition to traditional pie dough, she offers more than a dozen crust recipes-from cracker crusts and cornbread crusts to cookie crusts and cheddar cheese crusts. Using these as a base, Barrow then entices readers with both savory and sweet slab pie creations, with recipes like Spinach, Gorgonzola, and Walnut Slab Pie and Curried Chicken Slab Pie to Sour Cream Peach Melba Slab Pie and Grande Mocha Cappuccino Slab Pie. The first book of its kind, this will appeal to lovers of easy food trends like sheet pan suppers and dump cakes. Don't be surprised when you start spying slab pies at your next potluck!
Barrow (Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry) devotes an entire, glorious book to the subject of slab pies, which are made in a half-sheet pan. Barrow pushes the buttery, crusty envelope with her tempting recipes both savory and sweet options for every meal of the day, whether it's breakfast (Good Morning Cheese Danish Slab Pie); lunch (a reuben slab pie with rye crust); dinner (Moroccan shepherd's pie); or dessert (a banana pudding pie with vanilla wafer crust). Barrow innovates with each recipe, whether it's carbonara and zucchini-noodle slab pie; blackberry, sweet corn, and basil pie; or one with raspberry and rugelach. Creative recipes can feed crowds at the holidays, too, such as After-Thanksgiving Turkey Slab Pie and Christmas in London (a kind of French-Canadian tourti re). There are nontraditional pie crusts options as well, such as smoked fish with a caramelized onion crust, eggs florentine in a hash brown crust; and fried green tomatoes with a Ritz cracker crust. The most challenging part of this fun and inviting cookbook will be choosing which recipe to make first.