Cherries and apricots are a match made in heaven, in Ed Smith’s recipe for a luxurious slab pie.

Making your own pastry isn’t always the easiest, but your labour will be rewarded with a buttery casing that melts in the mouth. You can still get in on the fun if you don’t have cherry and apricots to hand – any berries that are in season will do. We particularly recommend subbing in rhubarb and gooseberries for a more unusual take on the classic fruit pie.

Cherry and apricot slab pie
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Cherry and apricot slab pie
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Nutrition Facts
Cherry and apricot slab pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 634 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 329mg14%
Potassium 370mg11%
Carbohydrates 87g29%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 41g46%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 2339IU47%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cherry and apricot slab pie

A tangy fruit pie with buttery pastry
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Pastry chilling time2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time3 hours 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 8
Calories: 634kcal
Author: Ed Smith


  • A 30 x 20 x 3cm baking tin or similar
  • Food processor
  • Bowl


  • 430 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 200 g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp flaky sea salt
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp cold milk, plus a little extra as a wash
  • 700 g apricots pitted and quartered
  • 250 g cherries pitted
  • 100 g golden caster sugar
  • 120 g ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar
  • Serve with crème fraîche


  • Rub together (or use a food processor to pulse) the flour, butter, icing sugar and salt into a breadcrumb-like consistency. Add the vinegar and cold milk, and press into a ball of dough. Divide the pastry into two not-quite-equal pieces, push into rectangles about 3cm thick, then wrap both and refrigerate for at least an hour, ideally longer.
  • The pastry is very buttery and can be tricky to handle, so roll out between two sheets of baking paper: the smaller one so that it’s the same size as your tin (this will be the lid); the other, big enough to line the base and sides; and both to 2-3mm thick. You’ll be able to break off bits that are not in the right shape and place them where they should be as you go. Refrigerate for at least an hour (again).
  • Combine the fruit in a bowl with the caster sugar and leave to macerate. After 20 minutes, add half the ground almonds, stir and set to one side.
  • Butter the baking tin, dust with flour, then line the tin with the larger pastry sheet. Use a knife to trim the pastry so it’s flush with the top of the tin, using the excess to patch up any holes or thinner areas.
  • Sprinkle the base with the remaining ground almonds then tip the filling in, ensuring an even distribution. Brush the edge of the pastry base with milk, then place the lid on top, pressing down firmly to seal the pastry together. Trim any overhang. Brush with milk, then add a liberal sprinkling of demerara sugar.
    Refrigerate one final time for at least 30 minutes (the pastry needs to be cold and the oven fully to temperature).
  • Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan. Place the baking tin on a larger sheet (to catch any spilled juices) and bake for 45 minutes, until the pastry is hard and golden, with some of the fruit bubbling through. If after 35–40 minutes the pie is looking very bronzed, turn the oven down to 180°C/160°C fan but do keep it in for the full amount of time. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before serving with big dollops of crème fraîche.


Calories: 634kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 2339IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 4mg

Crave: Recipes Arranged By flavour, To Suit Your Mood And Appetite by Ed Smith is published by Quadrille. Photography by Sam A Harris.

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