Ripe Apricots baked up in a flaky crustApricot Pie

Even if you’re not exactly a pie person, I think everyone should make a big fat juicy fruit pie at least once every summer.  Pie has never really been my thing, so I get it if the mere mention of a double crust gets your stress hormones flowing.  Let’s just say I haven’t completely mastered the art myself.  The little niceties like rolling it out to a perfect circle and neatly fluting the edges elude me.   But the wonderful thing that I’ve discovered about pie is that it doesn’t have to be artful to be amazingly delicious.  As long as the crust is flaky, and the fruit is ripe and piled high, it usually turns out just great.  And the experience of a homemade pie made with  farm stand fruit in the middle of summer is not to be missed.  So let’s get over ourselves and start baking.

Apricto Pie, cooling

There’s something intoxicating and a little bit exotic abut apricots.  They’re less juicy but more intensely flavored than peaches and, if given the choice, I’ll always go for the apricot.  I piled them into the pie shell as high as I could to compensate for that disappointing shrinkage that happens in the oven.  I only added a dash of sugar, some cornstarch to thicken the juices, and lemon juice to the fruit, that’s all it needs.   I did play with my basic crust recipe this time, though.  I added shortening along with the butter.  I really like what shortening does to a crust; it gives it a softer and more buttery (ironically!) texture.

Apricot Pie 2

But that reminds me of another issue I have with pies.  I’m not so good at waiting for things to cool before I slice them.  If you try to slice a pie while it’s still warm the crust will most likely fall apart and the fruit will ooze in to fill the void left when you remove it.  Oh well.  Like I said, delicious isn’t necessarily tied to perfection when it comes to pies.  If you can possibly manage it, though, let the pie cool and then refrigerate it for an hour or two.  You will be rewarded with much better looking slices.  Personally I can’t resist a slice hot out of the oven.

slice of apricot pie

Apricot Pie

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of sliced apricots (or enough to fill your pie dish with a heaping pile)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract (optional)
    two crust pie dough
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (plus more for rolling)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup ( 1 and a half sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cut in pieces
  • 1/4 cup shortening (I used butter flavor Crisco)
  • 1/4 cup ice water

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 375F.
  2. Start by making the crust. Pulse the flour and salt a few times in a food processor to combine. You can also do this by hand with a whisk. Add the cold chunks of butter and shortening to the bowl and pulse about 20 times until the mixture is grainy.
  3. Add the ice water, a little at a time, while continuing to pulse, until the dough just comes together when you pinch it between your fingers. Stop the machine to check it. NOTE: you will not need all of the water.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and bring it together into a ball. Add a little more flour if the dough is too wet. Cut the ball in half, form two disks, and wrap each one in plastic. Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours (or overnight) before rolling it out.
  5. Toss the apricot slices with the sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice.
  6. Roll out one of the disks for the bottom crust and fit into your pie plate. Fill the crust with the apricots.
  7. Roll out the other disk to make the top crust and cover the fruit. Seal the edges with the back of a fork. Cut small slits in the center to allow the steam to escape during baking.
  8. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the crust is just beginning to turn golden around the edges and the juices a bubbling.
  9. Let cool before cutting
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Apricot Pie, slice

I’m a fall girl, and I’m already yearning for cool weather, but I have to say, if it has to be summer, fresh apricot pie is certainly one of the better perks of the season.

 

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25 Responses to Midsummer Apricot Pie

  1. I’ve never made an apricot pie, but as soon as I saw these photos, I started kicking myself. How has it taken me this long? This sounds amazing! And the pictures are gorgeous.

  2. Eileen says:

    Oh yes, apricot pie! This looks so delicious — such a great way to beeline straight for the flavor of the fruit. Yay!

  3. I love peaches but the flavor of apricots is irresistible. Your pie looks delicious.

  4. Ambar says:

    This looks delicious!

  5. cheri says:

    Hi Sue, my husband loves apricots, got to make this for him. The crust looks amazing!

  6. Oh baby, does that look good. Fresh apricots are the bomb! I admit that for years, I let pie crust defeat me, until I finally decided that I would not put up with myself any longer. Mine aren’t perfect either, but I did pick up a few tricks from Martha Stewart [move the crust after each pass with the rolling pin, to prevent it sticking, and the importance of chilling] and now I just dive in. My husband has a deep and abiding love for pies, so I had to learn :)

    • Sue says:

      I have a really large metal sheet type tool that gets under the whole piece of dough while I’m rolling it, and that helps a bit. Pie crust is definitely a challenge!

  7. Those apricots look gorgeous! And so does your pie. I’m not really a pie person, mainly because of the crust, but I’d love to pick the filling out of this one ;)

    • Sue says:

      I know what you mean…but one thing I’ve made peace with is that even if the crust doesn’t roll out easily, you can just patch it into the pie plate and it still tastes good :)

  8. Rosa says:

    A fantastic pie! I love apricots and eat them by the “ton” ern they are in season.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  9. savvy says:

    you might try an ‘oil’ pie crust…made with canola, or other regular oil. Rolled out between two layers of wax paper! My sister shared recipe in the 70’s….’foolproof’ and flaky too!

  10. This looks utterly irresistible!

  11. I love baking with apricots, your pie is gorgeous!

  12. Summer or winter this pie is perfect. Love that pastry.

  13. Dom says:

    Oooh. Really special and summery. Lovely x

  14. CakePants says:

    Oh yum! I’ve actually never had an apricot pie (I always tended to bake peach ones in the past), but have gotten really hooked on apricots these past few months. Looking forward to trying this!

  15. Yeah, we have problems with that cooling part too. ;-) We need to make a pie — haven’t had one yet this summer (loads of other fruit desserts, though). Love this — thanks.

  16. Apricot pie is already on my list but I bet it won’t turn out this beautiful! Your crust looks amazing and hot out of the oven is the only way to go! Yum – it is gorgeous!

  17. Monique says:

    Pies are just so pretty to me..
    What a beautiful color this one is!
    Just just made you basil hummus..yum:)

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