Nectarine And Hazelnut Open Crust Pie

nectarine and hazelnut open crust pie


  • 260 g (9¼ oz) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbs caster sugar
  • 130 g (4¾ oz) butter, chilled and cut into pieces
  • 40 g (1½ oz) ground hazelnuts or ground almonds
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • For the Filling:
  • 40 g (1½ oz) ground hazelnuts or ground almonds
  • 4 South African nectarines or peaches, pitted and sliced
  • 75 g (2¾ oz) caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 50 g (1¾ oz) hazelnuts or almonds, chopped roughly
  • To Serve: crème fraîche, cream or ice-cream.
Recipe courtesy of South African Fruit.

We all love a good pie, and the fact that today is National Pie Day in the USA (not to be confused with Pi Day!) is as good an excuse as any to enjoy this delicious Nectarine and Hazelnut Open Crust Pie.

This makes a great dessert and serves 8.


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 deg. C., 400 deg. F., Gas Mark 6.
  2. Sift the flour, salt and sugar into a large bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the ground hazelnuts or almonds, then add a tablespoon of the beaten egg and 1 tablespoon of chilled water, stirring with a knife to bring the mixture together to make a soft (not sticky) dough. Knead lightly for a few seconds until smooth. Wrap and chill in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  3. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface into a circle with a diameter of about 38 cm (15 in). Transfer to a baking sheet (the pastry will overlap). Brush the surface with beaten egg.
  4. Sprinkle the ground hazelnuts or almonds over the pastry to within 7 cm (2¾ in) of the edge, then arrange the nectarines or peaches on top. Sprinkle with the sugar, then scatter the chopped hazelnuts or almonds over the fruit. Fold the pastry over to form a border, tucking and sealing it to make a free-form pie. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with extra sugar.
  5. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Serve warm or cold with crème fraîche, cream or ice-cream.


If you fancy a savoury pie, instead (or as well, and why not?!), try this tasty Beef Pie With Blueberry And Blackcurrant Cordial.

Or for a vegetarian option, these Individual Cheese And Onion Pies will make a tasty treat.