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You can make this a day ahead of serving!

Nectarine & hazelnut opencrust pie


260g (9oz) plain flour
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp caster sugar
130g (4½oz) butter, chilled and cut into pieces
40g (1½oz) ground hazelnuts or ground almonds
1 free-range egg, beaten
chilled water, to mix

For the filling

40g (1½oz) ground hazelnuts or ground almonds
4 South African nectarines or peaches, pitted and sliced
50g (1¾oz) hazelnuts or almonds, roughly chopped
75g (2¾oz) caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
crème fraîche, cream or ice cream, to serve

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/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 2 tbsp beaten egg and 1 tbsp 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 for 10 minutes.

3 Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface into a circle with a diameter of about 38cm (14in). Transfer to a baking sheet (the pastry will overlap). Brush the surface with the remaining beaten egg.

Sprinkle the ground hazelnuts or almonds over the pastry to within 7cm (2¾in) of the edge, then arrange the

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