Nectarine and Almond Pie

Nectarines are truly delicious and can add real flavour and colour to many recipes, including this perfect summer pie.

Method

1)Place the chocolate in the food processor until it resembles crumbs. Stir in the flour, butter, ground almonds, eggs and water.
2)Continue to pulse the food processor until a dough has formed. Remove from the bowl, slightly flatten and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
3)Lightly dust the work surface with some flour. Roll out the pastry so that it fits a 25 cm/ 10 inch loose – based flan tin. Chill until ready to use.
4)Pre-heat the oven to 190 C/ 375 F/gas mark 5.
5)Process the almonds and sugar together pulsing until finely ground. Add the butter, egg yolks, egg whites, and almond essence and pulse briefly until combined.
6)Spoon the filling into the base of the chocolate pie.
7)Top with the sliced peaches positioning them in a spiral shape.
8)Bake for 50 minutes or until set and golden.
9)Melt the jam and water together either in a small saucepan or put in a glass bowl, cover and place in the microwave for 1 minute.
10)Brush the glaze over the nectarines.

To Serve the Stylish way: Dust with icing sugar and serve warm with ice cream or thick yoghurt.

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