I was recently contacted by Fruitdrop asking if I would like to receive one of their fruit boxes and make a recipe from it. Fruitdrop deliver fruit, milk and snack boxes to businesses across the UK. We received a large (well, large for a family!) that would keep a family in fruit, if stored correctly for at least a week if not more. There were two large bunches of bananas, strawberries, selection of apples and pears, plums, peaches and oranges. I unfortunately forgot to take a photo of the box but you can see a selection of the fruit in the photos. It was all high quality and fresh as a daisy when it arrived. I highly recommend them if you are a small/medium business or even a large family who eats a large amount of fruit.
The inspiration for my recipe for Fruitdrop is a traditional fruit pie however I wanted to put a bit of a twist on it, and make a fruit pie that would be suitable for children’s lunch boxes or after school snack time. You could even serve the fruit parcels warm with a dollop of cream or ice cream at a dinner party. The pastry star covers the join where the four corners meet and gives a neater finish. Thomas also loves stars and there is more chance he will eat these if I put star in the title! Feel free to miss out though if you like.
- 250g plain flour
- 125g unsalted butter
- 50g icing sugar
- 1 egg
- A splash of milk
- Flour, for rolling dough out on
- 1 egg, beaten to glaze and stick bits of pastry together)
- Selection of fruit of your choice (I used apples, oranges and bananas), finely chopped if required
- Selection of seasoning’s to add addition flavour to the fruit if you like. (Cinnamon and sugar for apples, squares of chocolate for a chocolate/orange one and toffee sauce to go with a banana one – the choice is yours!)
- In a food processor, blend the flour and the butter together until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add in the icing sugar and the egg and blend again until a ball of dough forms. Add in a small splash of milk to help form a ball of dough if necessary. Remove from food processor, wrap in cling film and set aside (not in the fridge) for about half an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Once dough has rested, roll the dough out to a large rectangle shape. Then cut into squares about 8cm by 8cm, leaving a bit to cut out the decoration from. Turn the square round so looks like a diamond and put some filling in the middle. About tablespoon of the filling is enough or 2/3 orange segments or banana slices if using them and not chopped up fruit
- Paint the sides with the beaten egg and then stick the four sides together like you wrapping a present. Cut out a star (or other shape) from the leftover pastry and then place on top of the parcel, covering the join in the centre. Cover with the beaten egg.
- Place on a lined baking tray and bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown on top. Serve warm with custard or ice cream otherwise leave to cool and take to school/work for a lovely lunchtime treat.
For other recipes using fruit from Fruitdrop please see:
This recipe was commissioned by Fruitdrop.