I have wanted to make this style of pie for a while now. Fine Cooking Magazine Aug/Sept 2010 issue had this lovely photo of this flat fruit pie on the cover. It looked so good I just had to try it!
Thanksgiving is really not the time to try stuff you never made before especially if you have guest coming but I did anyway and I'm happy to say it was a success. My mom is a huge fan the southern thanksgiving classic desserts such as pecan, apple, and sweet potato pie, so they have been on the menu every year for Thanksgiving. I always try to change it up slightly. I made apple danishes last year instead of apple pie. I have made sweet potato cheese cake prior years. I try my best to be really creative but this year I decided I didn't want to do anything with apple, sweet potato or pecans. I wanted something different and I wanted to make something that doesn't contain a lot of added sugar.
I was flipping through one of my baking book and ran across another slab pie recipe. That's it!!!! so I came up with a slab pie recipe that contained currants, dried figs and dates with no sugar needed except for the glaze that I would make to stick the roasted almonds. This style of pie is great for serving guests.