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Fruity Holiday Braai Pie – The dessert you can make on the braai


Oct 29, 2021

Have you been looking for a brand new dessert to prepare for the Christmas celebrations later this year? In South Africa, we often braai on that day and make as many things as we can on there. This Fruity Holiday Braai Pie is no exception to that rule and ticks all of your baking and holiday flavour boxes. It’s an applie pie on the braai with some delicious stewed fruit and custard with some ice cream. Surprise your guests with something incredible this summer.

You will be making two different fillings with this recipe. The usual apple and cinnamon filling for the pie goes first. The stewed fruit and custard is a creamy, sweet topping/filling that adds to the Christmas flavours. The puff pastry adds some flaky, buttery goodness and you can easily use store-bought pastry. The puff pastry is usually the aright amount already for this pie. Top your Fruity Holiday Braai Pie with some ice cream and enjoy the sound of stunned silence as your guests fill themselves with this dessert.

There’s nothing we can’t put on the fire in South Africa. Our Fruity Holiday Braai Pie is the holiday dessert you can cook on the open fire.

Fruity Holiday Braai Pie Recipe

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Recipe by Marelize Immelman
Course: DessertCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Moderate




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Stewed fruit and custard

200 g dried fruit to stew

1 bag rooibos tea

1 stick cinnamon

1 star aniseed

3 pods cardamom

250 ml cold water

custard (as much as you like)

Apple braai pie

6 golden delicious apples

45 ml sugar

15 ml ground cinnamon

60 ml boiling water

1 roll puff-pastry (400g)

margarine, butter or oil for spreading

ice-cream (as much as you like)


Stewed fruit and custardSoak dried fruit in the cold water for 1 hour in a medium size pot.Put the pot with soaked dried fruit on the stove and add the rooibos tea bag, cinnamon stick, aniseed and cardamom pods and bring to a boil.Cook until soft for about 10 minutes, while gently stirring. Be careful not to burn.Let it cool slightly and top with custard.Apple braai piePeel, core and slice the apples thinly.Add the apples, boiling water, sugar and ground cinnamon into a medium pot.On the stove-top, heat and cook apples until soft for 5 minutes.Allow to cool completely.Remove the puff-pastry from the outer packaging and thaw for 30-40 seconds in the microwave.Roll out the puff-pastry and spoon the cooled apple mixture onto half of the puff-pastry.Fold the other half of the puff-pastry over to close the braai pie. Ensure that it is tightly closed by using a fork to press down and close the edges.Spread a thin layer of margarine/butter/oil to coat the outside of the braai pie to prevent it from getting stuck to the braai grid. Coat one side, then place in the braai grid, turn over and coat the other side of the braai pie.Make sure the coals are not very warm – medium to cool heat to avoid the pastry from becoming too soft and falling through the braai grid.Turn the braai pie regularly while on the coals.Once cooked and golden-brown, remove the braai pie from the braai grid and allow to cool slightly.Cut the braai pie into 6 squares and place on top of stewed fruit and custard.Top with ice-cream and enjoy.


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This recipe has been submitted as part of our South African themed recipe competition. If you would like to enter our competition and stand a chance to win R1000, click here. Also, each recipe published as part of this competition will receive R100.

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