Apricot Pie Recipe

Apricot Pie with Flaky Cream Cheese Crust @natashaskitchen

Apricots are one of the few fruits that taste so much better when you cook them. They are especially amazing when you catch them in season. There’s also something magical about pairing them with cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon juice.

This apricot pie will make your taste buds dance. It reminded me of Christmas and that beautiful baked pie and pastry dough aroma that filled the kitchen… Ooh dear I want another slice badly! I love that this apricot pie wasn’t overly sweet, which only means that a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on the side was less guilty. I guess I’m craving Fall, but I’m not done with Summer. Nope! Not even close!

Anyway, this flaky cream cheese pastry dough is the best. If you haven’t tried it, you must! It doesn’t come close to any store-bought crust. Best of all there is no shortening, lard or any other ingredients that would make you cringe. Love it up folks. 🙂

Apricot Pie with Flaky Cream Cheese Crust @natashaskitchen

Ingredients for Apricot Pie:

1 recipe for Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry Dough (creates the top and bottom of the pie).
2 1/2 lbs fresh ripe apricots, pitted and sliced into 1/2″ thick slices
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

*Watch our easy video tutorial on how to measure correctly

For the Egg wash:

1 egg whisked together with 1 Tbsp cold water

Apricot Pie Recipe

Preparing the Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry Dough:

(Click here for the Perfect Flaky Pie Crust Recipe)
1. Once apricot pie crust has cooled in the fridge at least 1 hour, and you are ready to use it, remove dough from the refrigerator and on a large sheet of parchment paper, roll it out into a 13-inch circle, sprinkling lightly with flour to keep the dough from sticking to your rolling pin.

2. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie plate (the parchment paper makes it easy to transfer the dough; just put the rolled dough over the pie plate and peel off the paper backing.

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3. Take the next piece of dough out of the fridge and re-using the parchment paper, roll it into a second 12-inch circle. Use a pizza cutter to slice the second rolled dough into about 15 (3/4-inch thick) strips. Set aside until ready to use.

Prepping your apricot filling:

Preheat Oven to 425˚F.
1. Stir together the dry ingredients in a small bowl: 1/4 cup sugar, 2 Tbsp flour, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/8 tsp salt.

2. Pit apricots and slice into 1/2″ thick slices and place them in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp lemon juice and gently stir. Sprinkle the sugar/flour/cinnamon mixture over the sliced apricots and toss gently to combine

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3. Transfer prepared apricot filling into the bottom of your pie pan which should be lined with pastry dough.

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4. Use the strips of pastry dough to create a lattice top and crimp the edges. Click here to view the full photo tutorial on how to make a lattice pie topping. I’ve made it easy for ya!

5. Crimp together the edges or use the leftover lattice topping scraps to make a fancy woven border; just make sure to push the border down onto the pie or it will disconnect from the pie and pieces of it will fall to the bottom of the oven and turn black (not that I’m speaking from experience ;)).

6. Beat together 1 egg with 1 Tbsp cold water. Brush top and edges of pie generously with egg wash.

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7. Place pie on the center rack and bake at 425 ˚F for 20 minutes then place cookie sheet lined with foil under the pie to catch any drips then reduce oven to 375˚F and bake an additional 30 min until your filling is bubbling. Loosely Cover the top of the pie with foil if it is starting to brown too quickly.

Apricot Pie with Flaky Cream Cheese Crust @natashaskitchen

Here’s the tough part: let the apricot pie cool down ideally at least 2 hours so the filling thickens. If you cut it early, the pie will be too juicy and will fall apart on your plate if eaten right away. It will still taste amazing, but it firms up as it stands

Apricot Pie with Flaky Cream Cheese Crust @natashaskitchen

Apricot Pie Recipe

4.43 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
Apricot Pie with Flaky Cream Cheese Crust @natashaskitchen
Apricots are one of the few fruits that taste so much better when you cook them. There's also something magical about pairing them with cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon juice. This pie will make your taste buds dance. I love that this pie wasn't overly sweet, which only means that a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on the side was less guilty. This flaky cream cheese pastry dough is the best. It doesn't come close to any store-bought crust. Best of all there is no shortening, lard or any other ingredients that would make you cringe. Love it up folks. 🙂
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: Varies by Season
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe for Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry Dough Se Notes Section

For the Pie Filling:

  • 2 1/2 lbs fresh ripe apricots pitted and sliced into 1/2" thick slices
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt

For the Egg wash:

  • 1 egg whisked together with 1 Tbsp cold water

Instructions

Prepare the Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry Dough (see notes for link on NatashasKitchen.com)

  1. Once pie crust has cooled in the fridge at least 1 hour, and you are ready to use it, remove dough from the refrigerator and on a large sheet of parchment paper, roll it out into a 13-inch circle, sprinkling lightly with flour to keep the dough from sticking to your rolling pin.
  2. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie plate (the parchment paper makes it easy to transfer the dough; just put the rolled dough over the pie plate and peel off the paper backing.
  3. Take the next piece of dough out of the fridge and re-using the parchment paper, roll it into a second 12-inch circle. Use a pizza cutter to slice the second rolled dough into about 15 (3/4-inch thick) strips. Set aside until ready to use.

Prepping your apricot filling: Preheat Oven to 425˚F.

  1. Stir together the dry ingredients in a small bowl: 1/4 cup sugar, 2 Tbsp flour, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/8 tsp salt.
  2. Pit apricots and slice into 1/2″ thick slices and place them in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp lemon juice and gently stir. Sprinkle the sugar/flour/cinnamon mixture over the sliced apricots and toss gently to combine.
  3. Transfer prepared apricot filling into the bottom of your pie pan which should be lined with pastry dough.
  4. Use the strips of pastry dough to create a lattice top and crimp the edges. (See notes for full photo tutorial on how to make a lattice pie topping). I've made it easy for ya!
  5. Crimp together the edges or use the leftover lattice topping scraps to make a fancy woven border; Just make sure to push the border down onto the pie or it will disconnect from the pie and pieces of it will fall to the bottom of the oven and turn black (not that I'm speaking from experience ;)).
  6. Beat together 1 egg with 1 Tbsp cold water. Brush top and edges of pie generously with egg wash.
  7. Place pie on the center rack and bake at 425 ˚F for 20 minutes then place cookie sheet lined with foil under the pie to catch any drips then reduce oven to 375˚F and bake an additional 30 min until your filling is bubbling. Loosely Cover the top of the pie with foil if it is starting to brown too quickly. Here’s the tough part: let the pie cool down ideally at least 2 hours so the filling thickens. If you cut it early, the pie will be too juicy and will fall apart on your plate if eaten right away. It will still taste amazing, but it firms up as it stands.

Recipe Notes

Lattice Pie Crust Photo Tutorial:
https://natashaskitchen.com/2013/08/30/how-to-make-a-lattice-pie-crust/ Cream Cheese Pie Crust Recipe:
https://natashaskitchen.com/2013/08/30/flaky-cream-cheese-pie-crust-recipe/

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  • Dawn
    August 11, 2017

    What a tasty pie! I sometime add some sugar on top just for garnish Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 12, 2017

      That’s a great idea Dawn! I’m glad you like it! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Elise
    June 6, 2017

    Can I bake this the day before my bbq and simply stick it in the fridge for the next day? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 7, 2017

      Hi Elise, yes that will work fine. It would probably be just fine at room temperature overnight. Reply

  • pam pyburn
    May 26, 2017

    I am not using the cream cheese crust, so i am going to freeze it before baking, I am making pies to bake later date. i hope it works. Love the recipe thank you Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 26, 2017

      Please let me know how it turns out Pam! Reply

  • Mrs. Jennifer Penner
    August 18, 2016

    Hey so how many cups of pie filling does this recipe use? I have apricot pie filling in hard so now I wondered how much I should use for 1 recipe of this pie. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 18, 2016

      Hi, I really didn’t measure it that way so I can’t say for sure. I would guess 4 to 6 cups depending on how large your pie pan is. Reply

  • Eddie
    June 26, 2016

    Do you have to balance and peal the apricots like a peach Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 26, 2016

      Eddie, there is no need for blanching the apricots. Let me know how it turns out 😀. Reply

  • Rosa Ganos
    June 18, 2016

    I would to know if I can freezing and bake later. Thank you. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 18, 2016

      Hi Rosa, to be honest, I haven’t tried that with this recipe so I’m not sure if the dough would cook through properly or if it would become mushy taking it from the freezer to the oven. I just haven’t experimented to say for sure. If you try it out before I do, let me know how it works out 🙂 Reply

      • June 11, 2017

        I have frozen I cut them up and put the spice what ever it is and put them into zip lock bag put them into pie tin shape when frozen take the pan out and leave fruit in the frozen when ready to bake I take the fruit out of bag let throw and put into pit tin and put lattice top on because full top will have more juice lattice will not and be perfect let sit two hour after to let juice goes away good luck Reply

  • ABdullah
    July 27, 2015

    Can I use dried apricots for this recipe ? If yes , then tell me the method to make this pie Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 27, 2015

      To be honest I haven’t experimented with dried apricots so I can’t really say yes or no. Reply

  • Brenda
    July 18, 2015

    Easy recipe,but was too tart. No one enjoyed it very much. If I were to make it again I would use at least 3/4 cup sugar. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 18, 2015

      Hi Brenda, maybe your apricots were more tart? You can definitely scale the sugar up or down depending on the sweetness of your apricots. Reply

  • Molly
    June 24, 2015

    I ran across your post of Pinterest. My father-in-law LOVES apricot pie. Going to attempt to make this tomorrow. I’m not sure how quickly you are able to respond to your blog comments, but can I make this crust with low-fat cream cheese? We already have some in the fridge and I thought I’d check before getting more since we hardly ever use it. Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 24, 2015

      Molly, I haven’t tried it with low fat cream cheese but that should still work. Let me know how it works out :). Reply

      • lisamarie
        January 24, 2016

        I used it with low fat, and it was just as good – better since I could enjoy with less guilt Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          January 24, 2016

          That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing that with me 🙂 Reply

  • ildi
    June 14, 2015

    Hi Natasha,

    Yesterday I bought apricots, which were quite sour 🙁 and a bit pricey a may add.
    So thinking of what to do with them, I came across your recipe.
    I added more sugar than it is stated, and the pie sheet was from the store, but the pie looks amazing. I tested the taste with a toothpick waiting to cool off before serving, and yeah still a bit sour…
    So I will serve it with maple sauce 😉
    Problem solved :))
    Thanks for your great blog, I bookmarked it 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 14, 2015

      Thank you Ildi! 🙂 Some apricots are more sour than others and it’s so hard to tell until you can actually bite into them. The maple sauce was a great idea! Reply

  • tanya
    June 3, 2015

    i ran out of white sugar, can i substitute with brown sugar? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 3, 2015

      Tanya, yes you can substitute it, just use a little more of it. Color might be slightly darker inside. Let me know how it works out :). Reply

  • Melissa
    June 2, 2015

    Hi! This pie looked delicious! And I had just picked off the last of the apricots on our tree this past week—they were very very ripe and sweet…and needed to be used in something ASAP! I came across your beautiful pie and couldn’t wait to try it! Well, it didn’t turn out good at all. 🙁 it was very very sour. I don’t know what happened! It looked beautiful, and I was able to make the lattice top and everything! (Didn’t have enough skills in me to make the homemade dough though, unfortunately!). But it’s so sad. I used up all the apricots and I can’t even enjoy the pie now. My husband said he didn’t mind it and he’ll eat it (I think he’s just being nice), but it’s waaaaay too sour for my liking. And the apricots were really sweet and ripe. Maybe 1/4 cup sugar wasn’t enough?? But the other reviewers seemed to say it turned out great. I’m so sad! I did notice I had a ton of apricots, but when I weighed them on my scale, it was just a touch over 2.5 lb Maybe too much lemon juice? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 3, 2015

      Hi Melissa, That’s strange that it would be sour if your apricots were sweet. Were the skins tart? Reply

      • Melissa
        June 3, 2015

        No, not at all! The whole apricot was so sweet! And they were all mostly overripe since sitting on my counter almost a week after I picked them off my tree. I’m wondering if I used too many? And not enough sugar to balance it? But that just doesn’t make sense since they were soo sweet. I would say I used a little over 2.5 lb. it was hard to tell exactly because I weighed them on my baby scale I had for my son, haha. But it said 2.10 (2lb 10oz)..so that’s just over 2.5 lb. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          June 3, 2015

          That is so bizarre. Its possible that it was too many apricots, but it shouldn’t have made that big of a difference to be as sour as you’re describing. Reply

          • Melissa
            June 4, 2015

            I know! It’s really bizarre. It got a little less sour after sitting in the fridge these past two days, so I am able to eat it! Before it was just waaaay too sour for me.

  • Monique
    December 27, 2014

    This pie was a massive hit! I switched out half the apricots for peaches for something different and it was delicious! Will definitely be making this again! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 27, 2014

      Oooh that does sound like a great combination of peaches and apricots. Yum!! I’m so happy you loved it 🙂 Reply

  • September 12, 2014

    I liked this Apricot pie recipe. The images look quite appetizing. I generally cook something different for holidays or any special occasions. I am planning to celebrate my next holiday by making apricot pie for my kids. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 12, 2014

      I hope the kiddos love it! I love baking for special occasions to. It’s such a cozy and fun way to remember the holidays. Reply

  • lora
    August 19, 2014

    Really good recipient for pies. I made two apple pies, they were gone quickly. One I made the same design as yours and in a round dish, but the other I made in spring form with different design and were able to get it out on a plate and cut it in pieces. Thanks, we enjoyed it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 19, 2014

      Im so happy you enjoyed it! Now you’ve got me craving an apple pie! I can just smell it now! 🙂 Reply

  • Tanya
    August 14, 2014

    Hi Natasha, I tried making this pie but it didn’t turn out good. It looked delicious but the filling was to sour and it didn’t thicken. Do you have any ideas what could have gone wrong? I followed your recipe and added sugar and flour. Thanks! And thanks for such an awesome blog, now I’m so into it and I check it several times a day. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 14, 2014

      Your apricots may not have been as sweet or as ripe. You might add a little more sugar next time. Did you use the same amount of apricots? Did you wait for the pie to cool before cutting into it? It thickens as it stands. I hope that helps. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! You’re so sweet 🙂 Reply

  • August 14, 2014

    This cream cheese pie crust sounds amazing, especially paired with flavorful apricot filling. It looks beautiful on the pictures and I must try to make it sometime soon 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 14, 2014

      Thanks so much 🙂 It is a wonderful combo. I hope you love it! Reply

  • Just might be the most beautiful pie I’ve ever seen! Totally in love here and can’t wait to try the cream cheese pastry dough! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 13, 2014

      Thank you so much Julie 🙂 You’re so sweet! I think you’ll love the dough. Reply

  • Louli
    August 12, 2014

    I tried the cream cheese dough when Martha Stewart’s had a guest, she did pinwheel rugelah they are delicious, the dough is amazing to work with, rolls like silk. I was born and raise in Alexandria, Egypt where lots of Greek and Armenian communities lived, this was a well know Greek pie called “Pasta Flora” it was always made with apricot jam. Do you suppose I could substitute jam or even chopped dried apricot soaked in either apple or orange juice instead of fresh as it is the shortest seasonal fruit. Thanks, love your site. Getting your postings is a joy. Keep up the good work. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 13, 2014

      I think the next best option would be frozen apricots and use a little more flour since frozen apricots are always slightly juicier. I haven’t tried it with jam or dried apricots so I can’t really give advise on those versions. You could also use peaches, but there is a little bit of a different process for peaches. I have it detailed here: https://natashaskitchen.com/2013/08/30/perfect-peach-pie-recipe/. Did Martha make the pinwheel rugelach out of pastry dough? That does sound yummy! Reply

      • Louli
        August 16, 2014

        Thanks Natasha, didn’t know there is such thing as frozen apricot. Where do you find them?would love to try them. Btw your tres leches cake sound great, it my favorite, will try it soon. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          August 16, 2014

          We have always frozen our own because my parents tree mass produces, but they are kind of difficult to find in stores. You might call your local grocery stores to ask if they carry them before you go on a wild goose chase. Reply

  • August 12, 2014

    Natasha, this pie is a showstopper! I do love apricots. So hard to get good ones where I live so that means I must make an apricot pie. Pinned! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 12, 2014

      Hi Norma! Thanks so much for pinning! What part of the country are you in? Reply

  • Jeanette
    August 12, 2014

    I am wondering if the cream cheese pastry can be frozen. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 12, 2014

      I haven’t tried freezing it so I can’t say exactly but I have kept it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days with great results. Reply

    • Louli
      August 12, 2014

      Yes it freezes beautifully, I make pinwheel cookies filled with jam and chopped walnut, roll it as a jelly roll, wrap it real good with plastic wrap then parchment paper, when ready to bake slice it frozen, roll in some sugar and cinnamon it becomes caramelized from the sugar. always make double batches, they keep great. Tried one time with craisin and raspberry jam and chopped almond. Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        August 13, 2014

        That sounds wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing! Reply

  • August 12, 2014

    Oh, this look amazing, Natasha! I am a big time apricot lover. 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 12, 2014

      Thanks Iryna. So are we 🙂 Reply

  • Oksana
    August 12, 2014

    Oh please show us a chicken pot pie recipe? That would be an astounding recipe to make at home! Thank you. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 12, 2014

      I think this crust would work really well for chicken pot pie. I’ll definitely keep it in mind and will share if I come up with something delicious 🙂 Reply

  • Kristina
    August 12, 2014

    Can I use peaches instead of apricots? Reply

  • Each summer I made at least one apricot pie – fresh apricots are the best! Your pie is just beautiful, and that cream cheese crust sounds amazing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 12, 2014

      So you already know how great apricot pie is! Do you put anything different into your filling? Thanks for your sweet compliment 🙂 Reply

  • August 11, 2014

    Gorgeous pie, I love apricots and the cream cheese pastry is perfection! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 12, 2014

      Thank you Laura! It is quite a treat. 🙂 Reply

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