Tailgating is fun! If it wasn’t you wouldn’t see so many people doing it. But if you’re like me, the whole reason I do it is for the good food. This easy apple pie recipe will let you have all the fun you can, while tailgating, and not have to worry about whether your food is too hot or is getting cold. Pie is always the right answer anyway!
One of the things that happens here in Texas is tailgating for high school football games. Every week we go to a tailgate for our home team. It’s a bit different than your regular tailgate in that well, it’s for a high school team (that’s ranked really highly in the state) and you tailgate with water or other non-alcoholic drinks because it’s on high school property. Other than that, it’s the same.
I love tailgating. It’s so much fun to hang out before the game with your friends and talk smack about the other team, play catch up (and actual catch) and enjoy the food that everyone’s brought. But while most people bring savory dishes for a tailgate party, I like to bring something sweet. This usually works out really well, because then there’s no leftovers. What is your “go-to” dish for a tailgate party? Do you bring something sweet or savory?
You might call this easy apple pie recipe a slab pie (because it’s made and served from a sheet pan). This also makes it perfect for taking to a tailgate because it’s one pan with no moving or extra parts. When you’re done you just take your pan and toss it in your car. You don’t have to search high and low for that ladle, serving spoon or cake server or have a messy dish to worry about. These apple squares just pop right out of the pan with the nudge of a fork or finger.
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This recipe is from my aunt and my mom would make this almost every week for our swim meet bake sales (it was always a huge hit). So I basically grew up with this simple recipe.
For your next tailgate party, bring dessert. This easy apple pie recipe is quickly going to become one of your favorites. Not just because it’s easy to make, but it’s really delicious! I had lots of very happy people, while the pie lasted. The sadness over the lack of pie didn’t last long because by then it was time for the big game. And yes, high school football games are BIG games here in Texas.
- 3 Cups Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 1 Cup Corn Flakes
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 8 Cups Sliced Apples (from 8-10 apples)
- 1 Egg White
- I Cup Confectioner's Sugar
- 3-4 Teaspoons Milk
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix the flour and salt together then cut in the butter.
- Beat the egg yolk and add enough milk so that the whole thing measures out to ⅔ cup.
- Mix this into the flour and butter mixture. (You can mix the dough in your food processor using the dough blade and processing until it all comes together in a ball.)
- Roll half of the dough into a 17"x12" rectangle and place into a 15" x10" half sheet pan. Bring the dough up the sides of the pan and cut off any extra. Use the scraps to build up any low spots in the dough.
- Sprinkle the corn flakes evenly onto the dough (bottom only).
- Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the apples. Stir the cinnamon sugar into the apples to make sure that they are completely coated.
- Roll out remaining dough to cover the apples and crimp the edges of the dough.
- Cut small slits in the top layer of dough (this lets the steam escape).
- Beat egg white until frothy then brush over top layer of dough.
- Slide pie into oven and bake for 50 minutes.
- Mix the confectioner's sugar and milk together to form a glaze.
- Once pie is out of the oven, and still warm, drizzle with the confectioner's sugar glaze.
- Let cool completely and cut into squares.
- Depending on how you cut it, you could get 16 - 36 squares out of it.
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