Apricot, strawberry and vanilla pie

Apricot, strawberry and vanilla pie

The Pie Project
Kirsten Jenkins

Apricot jam always reminds me of culinary school. We used it to glaze everything we made in patisserie, from pastry swans to basic scones. I thought it was daggy then, but now, when I mix it with a little vanilla and bake it in a pie, it tastes really good, and even better with strawberries. You could use raspberries or fresh pitted cherries in this pie too. — Phoebe


Quantity Ingredient
3 sheets frozen butter puff pastry, thawed, and if needed, rolled to a thickness of 2 mm
750g strawberries, hulled, (halve any very large ones)
70g caster sugar
350g apricot jam
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 lemon, juiced
3 tablespoons cornflour
1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon demerara sugar


  1. Line a 20 cm pie dish with one sheet of the pastry, trimming to fit. Chill until needed. Cut the remaining sheets into twelve 12 cm × 2 cm strips, discarding any excess pastry. On a baking tray lined with baking paper, weave the pastry strips into a tight lattice pattern. Freeze until needed.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line the pastry case with baking paper and fill with baking beads (or uncooked rice or dried beans). Place the pie dish on a large baking tray and cook for 15 minutes or until the pastry is a light golden colour. Remove from the oven, but keep the oven on. Remove the paper and baking beads from the pastry case and prick the base with a fork to release any air, then cook for a further 5 minutes or until it is dry to the touch. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Toss together the strawberries, caster sugar, jam, vanilla, lemon juice and cornflour in a bowl and transfer to the pie dish. Place the lattice on top of the filling. Press the edges to seal and trim around the edge.
  4. Brush the pie with the egg wash, then scatter with the demerara sugar. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden and cooked. Leave to cool for 30 minutes before serving.
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