About this recipe: Make the most of aromatic, golden apricots when they're in season by using them in this attractive tart. It has a sweet orange shortcrust base and is topped with a crumbled flapjack-style mixture of oats, sultanas, hazelnuts and seeds. Serve slightly warm for dessert or with morning coffee or afternoon tea. The recipe for sweet shortcrust pastry is separate. Look in the notes section for how to make orange sweetcrust pastry.
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If fresh apricots are not in season, replace them with 2 cans of apricots in natural juice, about 410 g each, drained and chopped. Use a little of the drained-off juice to moisten the flapjack topping instead of the orange juice, and sweeten with just 1 tsp honey. * To make a plum or damson muesli tart, flavour the pastry with lemon zest and juice instead of orange. For the filling, use halved and stoned plums or damsons instead of apricots, and poach with 4 tbsp apple juice and ½ tsp ground star anise. Cool, then stir in the honey. For the topping, mix together 45 g (1½ oz) porridge oats, 1 small dessert apple, peeled and coarsely grated, and 15 g (½ oz) each dried cranberries and flaked almonds. Bake as in the main recipe.
Apricots are a good source of beta-carotene and some of the B vitamins, and also provide some vitamin C. * Oats are a good source of soluble fibre, which not only helps to reduce high blood cholesterol levels but slows the absorption of glucose in the body, so helping to maintain a steady blood glucose level.
Hm well ... seemed an awful lot of trouble to go to for the end result. There didn't seem to be enough filling (I used two cans of apricots as suggested) and it did seem a bit 'tart' - excuse the pun. I used honey to sweeten the apricots - perhaps a bit of sugar wouldn't have gone amiss, although this is a recipe for diabetics which is one reason I tried it out. The orange pastry was very nice though - might be a good base for lemon meringue to ring the changes. My husband was very polite about it but his face did screw up a bit! Won't be making it again but will be borrowing the pastry recipe. - 08 Feb 2010
Hello there! ....well I made this pie yesterday and after reading the previous reviews I thought I would adapt it a little....and only a little! It came out fantastic! I served it to some pretty fussy eaters and by the time they had finished woofing it down they were asking for the recipe! So yes I loved it and will definately be making it again....and again! - 05 Jun 2013