Strawberry Balsamic Slab Pie

Strawberry Balsamic Slab PieStrawberry Balsamic Slab Pie

“I will soothe you and heal you. I will bring you roses. I too have been covered in thorns.” – Rumi

It’s no secret I’m quite the strawberry lover. Oh, and a pie lover too. There are quite a few recipes featuring both on the back archives, but none yet that have combined the two. That is until now.

The strawberries in Australia are amazingly beautiful at the moment…ripe, sweetly fragrant and very juicy. And a tonne of them fell into my lap recently. So naturally, I needed to use them up as fresh, seasonal strawberries tend to ripen all too quickly.

Strawberry Balsamic Slab Pie

I have been meaning to make a slab pie for a while now, and was inspired by a recipe for a Bluebarb Slab Pie from The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, so with my over-ripening strawberries I was spurred into action.

Strawberry Balsamic Slab Pie

This Strawberry Balsamic Slab Pie features my favourite pie crust. It’s an incredibly golden, buttery and flaky crust – thanks to the little addition of apple cider vinegar and a generous amount of butter. For the slab pie, the recipe requires a lot of dough and I recommend that you halve the recipe and make it in two batches to save yourself both time and elbow grease.

Strawberry Balsamic Slab PieStrawberry Balsamic Slab Pie

Feel free to substitute your own favourite pie crust too. Having a strong attachment to a favourite pie crust is a true baker’s milestone to be celebrated, just like this Strawberry Balsamic Slab Pie.  

Strawberry Balsamic Slab Pie

Of all fruit, I find that strawberries need the least amount of adornment. So, for the filling, I went with a sweetly-acidic combination of strawberries and balsamic vinegar. The combination is a new favourite of mine, as I have recently discovered that strawberries and balsamic make a perfect pairing in anything – be it sweet or savoury.

Strawberry Balsamic Slab Pie

If you never have tasted the two together, I encourage you to give it a try. The balsamic vinegar adds an unusually delicious, enhanced and addictive flavour layer; it does not over-power rather just complements the sticky-sweet strawberries perfectly.

Strawberry Balsamic Slab PieStrawberry Balsamic Slab Pie

I can’t believe I had never made a slab pie before this one. And after this, if ever I get invited to compete in a pie baking contest, this Strawberry Balsamic Slab Pie will be my entry and the blue ribbon winner. Served plain, with fresh whipped cream, or a side of vanilla bean ice cream. It’s delightful.

Strawberry Balsamic Slab Pie

Strawberry Balsamic Slab Pie
 
Serves: 1 x 16 x 12 inch / 40 x 30 cm slab pie
Ingredients
For the crust:
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. granulated (caster) sugar
  • 1 pound / 4 sticks / 450 g cold unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch / 1 ½ cm pieces
  • 2 cups cold water
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups ice
For the filling:
  • 7-8 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and cut into quarters
  • 1 small red apple
  • 4 tbsp. granulated (caster) sugar
  • 4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. angostura bitters
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • A grind of pepper
  • Egg wash (1 large egg whisked with 1 tsp. water)
  • Demerara (raw) sugar, for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Make the crust recipe in two batches, dividing the recipe in half. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt and sugar. Add in the cubed butter pieces and mix to coat with the flour using a spatula or bench scraper. With a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour mixture, working quickly until mostly pea-sized pieces of butter remain.
  2. Combine the water, cider vinegar and ice in a large measuring cup. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the ice water mixture over the flour mixture and mix and cut it in with a bench scraper or spatula until it is fully incorporated.
  3. Add more of the ice water mixture, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time then using the bench scraper and your hands mix until the dough comes together in a ball, with some dry/flak-y bits remaining. Squeeze and pinch with your fingertips to bring all the dough together, sprinkling any dry bits with small drops of water if necessary.
  4. Shape and lightly flatten the dough into a rectangle, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or preferably overnight. You should have two dough rectangles - one for the bottom crust and one for the top. Wrapped tightly, the dough can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for 1 month.
  5. Butter a rimmed baking slab sheet and line with parchment paper.
  6. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the first chilled dough rectangle into a 20 x 16 inch / 50 x 40 cm rectangle, or 3 to 4 inches / 7 ½ x 10 cm larger than your baking sheet. Fit the dough inside the sheet. Roll out the second chilled dough rectangle into a 17 x 13 inch / 43 x 33 cm rectangle. Lay in the pan on top of the bottom crust, folding in half if necessary, and place in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the filling.
  7. Combine the strawberries in a large bowl.
  8. Peel the apple, shred on the large holes of a box grater, and add to the strawberries, along with the granulated (caster) sugar, balsamic vinegar and bitters. Mix thoroughly then gently stir in the light brown sugar followed by the sea salt and a small grind of pepper.
  9. Remove the crusts from the fridge and set the top crust rectangle aside.
  10. Fit the bottom crust into the lined baking slab sheet then pour in the filling.
  11. Working quickly on a lightly floured surface, cut out little heart-shaped sized vents with a cookie cutter over the top crust then very gently transfer it over the filled bottom crust.
  12. Press and roll the two crusts together then pinch all the way around to create a seam. Crimp the edges as desired. Chill the pie in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set the pastry.
  13. Meanwhile, place a baking sheet on the bottom rack of the oven, and pre-heat to 425 F / 220 C.
  14. Remove the pie from the refrigerator and brush the pastry with the egg wash. Sprinkle with the desired amount of demerara sugar.
  15. Place the pie on the baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the pastry is beginning to brown. Lower the oven temperature to 375 F / 190 C, move the pie to the center oven rack, and continue to bake until the pastry is a deep golden brown and the strawberry juices are bubbling, roughly 30 to 35 minutes longer.
  16. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack, 2 to 3 hours. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. The pie will keep refrigerated for 3 days or at room temperature for 2 days.

 

74 Comments

  • Reply Valérie ILoveCakes April 23, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    This heart-shaped top is so adorable ! Do you think I could make the same pie with rhubarb and strawberries ?

    • Reply thalia April 24, 2016 at 2:10 am

      yeah that would taste great! Xx

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  • Reply Eden Passante February 4, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Looks so delicious and would be perfect for Valentine’s day! Love the hearts!

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  • Reply Amaryllis @ thetastyother.com September 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

    This is just gorgeous, Thalia! Have you tried any other fruit with it? I’m thinking apples, to celebrate the season. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Karen | Farm to Table LA September 8, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    That looks delicious AND adorable! I’m gonna have to try this one!

  • Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 6, 2015 at 5:43 am

    Such a pretty slab pie, the heart cut-outs are the loveliest!

  • Reply Charity September 5, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Thalia, this is so so gorgeous. Bet it tastes great too!

  • Reply Meredith Youngson September 4, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Can I tell you your photos are simply breathtaking!? Can’t wait to dive into more of your blog. xx

  • Reply Melanie @ Food Heals Me September 3, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Thalia, I love the heart design in the pie. What a great idea! That’s cool that you added in balsamic vinegar as one of your ingredients inside your pie. I love how a hint of zing in a desert or dish can make something good to great! Oh, and I didn’t know you lived in Australia. That must be such a great climate to live in.

  • Reply Lou September 1, 2015 at 7:50 am

    This pie is so cute ! I love !

  • Reply Allison - Celebrating Sweets August 28, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    This pie is stunning! I have never made a slab pie. Adding this to my “to make” list. Pinned!

  • Reply Tina @ Just Putzing Around the Kitchen August 28, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Best crust I’ve ever seen! And those pie juices are making my mouth water 🙂

  • Reply Traci | Vanilla And Bean August 28, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Oh the Strawberries… how I am already missing them. Love the touch of apple and balsamic in this gorgeous, delicious pie! Beautiful presentation… and pinned for next Strawberry season! Thank you for this, Thalia!

  • Reply Leslie August 28, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    This looks absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to try with the last of summer’s berries!

  • Reply Ludmilla August 25, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Thalia,

    You know how to make everything so beautiful!!!

    Ludmilla

  • Reply Jenn@eatcakefordinner August 25, 2015 at 3:17 am

    This is so stunning!

  • Reply amanda August 23, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Love the flavors and the heart crust is just too cute!

  • Reply Mira August 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    This pie is gorgeous Thalia! Pinned!

  • Reply Tania | My Kitchen Stories August 23, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I am so with you on the Strawberries needing so little. Pie is my favourite and the thought of Strawberries, balsamic and cream with pie crust is just irresistible.

  • Reply Mondo | I bake he shoots August 22, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    look mat you! that crust is absolutely adorable!

  • Reply Gerry @ Foodness Gracious August 22, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    You nailed this pie. It looks so perfect…sad i can’t get a slice 🙁

  • Reply Samantha August 20, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Wow the heart cutouts is such a brilliant idea! Instantly elegant. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Joscelyn | wifemamafoodie August 19, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Ah, I love the strawberry and balsamic combo too! The little hear cut-outs make this one of the prettiest pies I’ve ever seen! I’m constantly in awe of your mouth watering recipes. Will have to make this slab pie soon…Thanks, Thalia!

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full August 19, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    I can’t get over the hearts, they’re so charming! This would be perfect to make on Valentine’s Day 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie August 19, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    What an adorable pie with all those little hearts! It looks so juicy and delicious!!!

  • Reply Tessa @ Style Sweet CA August 19, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Who knew a slab pie could ever be so gorgeous?!?! So cute! And I am a big fan of adding balsamic to my sweets. Sounds sooo good =)

  • Reply Coley @ ColeyCooks.com August 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Well this is just the cutest darn pie I ever did see! Saving this for valentines day!! <3

  • Reply mymansbelly August 19, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    That pie looks so beautiful! My mom used to make slab pies all the time, but never any as pretty as this one.

  • Reply Sarah August 19, 2015 at 2:49 am

    It’s SOO pretty! I love the heart design 🙂

  • Reply Katie @ Butterlust August 18, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Gorgeous, Thalia! I’m obsessed with the heart cut-outs! <3 <3 <3

  • Reply Mike@TheIronYou August 18, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    What a stunning pie Thalia. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar is a marriage made in heaven. Great job Thalia!

  • Reply Sabrina August 18, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    This is adorable! And the recipe sounds really, really delicious!

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl August 18, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful (and sounds so delicious too!)

  • Reply Cady | Wild Heart of Life August 18, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Thalia! I love the balsamic in this- I might even be tempted to whip up a little lemon with a hint of basil whipped cream to serve it with if I was feeling wild. The heart cut-outs were a truly adorable idea, as well. My love is a pie guy, so I may have to channel this aesthetic for his birthday in a couple months!

    xx

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout August 18, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Strawberries and balsamic together are a dream! Loving the cute heart cut outs. This is perfect for any time of the year but it would also be such a great dessert for Valentine’s Day!

  • Reply Amanda August 18, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I can’t handle how adorable this pie looks! It’s just too cute! And it looks absolutely delicious!

  • Reply Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks August 18, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    That gorgeous pie certainly looks like a blue ribbon winner to me! This was the perfect use of all those delicious strawberries!

  • Reply Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps August 18, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    That crust….Pretty much the prettiest pie I’ve seen all season!

  • Reply Tori@Gringalicious.com August 18, 2015 at 11:13 am

    *GASP!* I need this right now! So much berry yumminess and I’m loving that you added balsamic!

  • Reply Adina August 18, 2015 at 8:01 am

    This looks wonderful. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are always good together but I’ve never thought of combining them in baking. Actually I don’t think I have ever baked strawberries before, I must try it someday.

  • Reply Cecily @ Burnt Butter Bakery August 17, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    I also love the Four and Twenty Blackbird’s pie crust recipe, it’s foolproof! Love the look of your take on their slab pie, I’ll have to give it a go, Aussie strawberries are the bomb at the moment!

  • Reply Louise | Cygnet Kitchen August 17, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    This has to be the prettiest pie ever, Thalia! Strawberries & balsamic are a match made in heaven! <3 <3

  • Reply Beeta @ Mon Petit Four August 17, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Your slab pie is gorgeous! I love that you managed to create something that is both rustic and ornate – the pie crust design is fabulous. Also what a great choice for filling – strawberries and balsamic are deliciousss! You will definitely a blue ribbon winner with this, although I think all of your desserts would win if they were entered in a contest! P.S. I love your cake server – so pretty!

  • Reply marcie August 17, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    This is gorgeous, Thalia, and what a great way to end summer! I just love berries and balsamic!

  • Reply Jill August 17, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    This looks heavenly!

  • Reply Annie@ciaochowbambina August 17, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Such a sweet recipe in so many levels, Thalia! Love it!

  • Reply Sarah | Broma Bakery August 17, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    The hearts! The hearts! And love finding that perfect pie crust recipe- it makes all the difference.

  • Reply Katalina @ Peas & Peonies August 17, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    This is so cute and flavorful, perfect for a summer romantic dinner, the cute tiny hearts are to die for!

  • Reply Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect August 17, 2015 at 11:09 am

    This pie looks amazing and that pastry looks divine. I love the little loveheart cut-outs. So very cute.

  • Reply Claudia | The Brick Kitchen August 17, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Oh my goodness this has got to be the prettiest pie I have EVER seen! Strawberries and love hearts? So perfect! So good how strawberries are gradually coming back in season at the moment, can’t wait to use them x

  • Reply Lisa H. August 17, 2015 at 6:53 am

    I HEART your strawberry Balsamic slab pie, Thalia 😀

  • Reply Abbe @ This is How I Cook August 17, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Strawberries, pepper and balsamic make the perfect combo. This pie deserves every heart!

  • Reply Tieghan August 17, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Umm, your crust is perfect!! And those strawberries?? YES!

    • Reply thalia August 17, 2015 at 5:53 am

      Thanks Tieghan Xx

  • Reply Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen August 17, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Thalia this is the prettiest slab pie I’ve ever seen!! I love the touch of balsamic! I have to try!

    • Reply thalia August 17, 2015 at 5:53 am

      Yes do try it! X

  • Reply Maggie August 17, 2015 at 2:28 am

    What a beautiful pie! The crust is so perfect! I never saw a pie crust recipe like this before. A must try! Sharing of course 🙂

  • Reply Noha @Matters of the Belly August 17, 2015 at 1:28 am

    I discovered strawberries + balsamic about 6 years ago, thanks to Nigella Lawson, and i have never looked back! This is a stunner of a pie! Xx

    • Reply thalia August 17, 2015 at 5:53 am

      Thank you my dear Xx

  • Reply Abby August 17, 2015 at 1:23 am

    This pie is gorgeous, Thalia! STUNNING photos. <3 xo

    • Reply thalia August 17, 2015 at 5:52 am

      Thanks Abby Xx

  • Reply Kate @ My Little Larder August 17, 2015 at 12:31 am

    What a delicious and beautiful looking pie! Love the hearts – looks like something straight out of Alice in Wonderland!

  • Reply Elaine @Flavour and Savour August 17, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Awww–so cute, and filled with so much love! I never thought of using apple cider vinegar in my pastry. Thanks so much for the idea!

  • Reply Rebecca @ DisplacedHousewife August 16, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    That crust!! Gorgeous pie Thalia!! xx

  • Reply Hannah | The Swirling Spoon August 16, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    A perfect use for all of the beautiful QLD strawberries at the moment! I love the heart crustage <3 I don't remember a time when strawberries were not in season and delicious?! Have we managed to swing things so that we get strawbies all year round or something?!

    • Reply thalia August 17, 2015 at 5:53 am

      I so agree with you Hannah – I can’t walk into any market or shop without seeing them available!

  • Reply Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist August 16, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    What a beautiful post! This is a stare worthy pie. And all of those strawberries 🙂 !!!

  • Reply Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie August 16, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    This is SO cute!!!!! Beautiful. and strawberry balsamic is one of my very favorite flavor combos!!

  • Reply Rachel | La Pêche Fraîche August 16, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    THALIA. Fainting over this pie! How very perfectly twee–love it!

    • Reply thalia August 16, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you my dear! Xx

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High August 16, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    I LOVE this, Thalia! Your crustwork is so, so pretty. Also, aren’t strawberries the best?

    • Reply thalia August 16, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      They are! Thanks Michelle Xx

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