So a baking urge came over me and it had to be to do with all the amazing stone fruit that is in season... I searched all the usual places for an enticing apricot pie recipe, but without luck. In the end I made this one up. I made wholemeal pastry because I was all out of plain white flour, you could go either way - though I like wholemeal because it adds a semblance of healthiness to any dessert (which of course means you can eat more of it!) It's pretty bloody nice I have to say but it must be accompanied by vanilla ice cream on a warm summer night..
* 240gs plain or wholemeal flour
* 180gs butter
* 1 tblsp cold water
* 1kg apricots, washed, cut in half with the stones removed
* 1/2 an orange's juice
* 100g brown sugar
* 50g white sugar
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 1 cup dessicated coconut
* 1 cup of ground hazlenuts (or other nuts probably)
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 60gs butter
First make your pastry. Rub the flour and butter together until it resembles bread crumbs. Add the cold water and knead it into a dough. Cover in a clean plastic bag (cling film is the devil) and pop it in the freezer for an hour (or the fridge for longer).
Preheat the oven to 180.
Wash and chop your apricots and put them in a bowl with the orange juice, brown and white sugar and cinnamon. Roll them all round together so the apricots are covered.
To make the topping mix the last set of ingredients together and rub in the butter.
Lightly grease your pie dish and roll out your pastry to a few mm thick. To be honest, I totally suck at this and ended up just patching it all together and squishing it into my pie dish!
Pop your apricots in it and make them cover the area nicely, make sure you drizzle all the orangey sugar mixture over them too. Then sprinkle your topping over it all and bung it in the oven until the apricots are soft. I think I cooked it for about 40mins...