Zero effort required.
This should actually be called a cheat’s fruit pie because it is so easy to make. The beauty of it is that you can make it with pretty much whatever fruit you have – berries, peaches, plums, apples, pears etc.
I used a sheet of ready-rolled frozen shortcrust pastry to make my version but this is flexible too. Puff pastry or a store-bought pie crust would work just as well.
When the fruit cooks it makes its own delicious syrup, assisted by the sugar that you add. This means you don’t necessarily need another sauce, but of course you can serve it with cream, ice cream or custard 🙂
Ingredients – serves 4:
- approx. 300g/10 oz fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 sheet ready-rolled frozen shortcrust pastry, thawed
- a little milk, to glaze
- Heat your oven to 200C/180C fan forced/390F and spray a baking sheet with a little cooking spray.
- Put the halved strawberries in a bowl then add the sugar and vanilla. Gently toss to coat the strawberries in the sugar.
- Place the pastry on the prepared baking sheet then pile the strawberries in the middle. Fold the pastry edges up enough to hold the strawberries in.
- Glaze the edges of the pastry with a little milk.
- Bake for 22-25 minutes or until the pastry is golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a couple of minutes before serving.