South African Plum And Ricotta Filo Pie

South African Plum And Ricotta Filo Pie. This is a very typical African dish, usually savoury but here made with South African plums to make a stunning dish for a dinner party dessert.

Hello friends, so how are you today? Pie, anyone?

South African Plum And Ricotta Filo Pie

South African Plum And Ricotta Filo Pie:

Table Of Contents:

  • Firstly, South African Plum And Ricotta Filo Pie Ingredients.
  • Secondly, South African Plum And Ricotta Filo Pie Method.
  • Thirdly, Other Recipe Ideas.

You will need a 20cm spring-form cake tin with the bottom removed, and a flat baking tray.

Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus cooling | Cooking time: 55 minutes

Serves 6-8


  • 10 South African plums, halved and pitted
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g butter
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 sheets of filo pastry
  • 250g ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp of date syrup (honey is a good alternative if you can’t find this)
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 20g poppy seeds
  • Icing sugar, for dusting (optional)
South African Plum And Ricotta Filo Pie


How To Make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200º C, fan oven 180°C, Gas Mark 6.
  2. Put the halved plums into a medium saucepan with 4tbsp water, the sugar, 25g of the butter and the star anise. Cook on a medium to low heat until the plums are poached, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool. Melt the remaining butter.
  3. Place the spring-form cake tin on the baking tray and brush the tin and baking tray below it with melted butter. Drape the first sheet of filo pastry over and into the cake tin. Brush the surface with melted butter. Do this with the other three sheets, criss-crossing them so that the entire inside of the cake tin is covered, but you have enough hanging over the sides to eventually cover the filling. Brush each layer with melted butter as you go.
  4. Mix the ricotta with the vanilla, date syrup (or honey) and pine nuts. Spread over the bottom of the cake tin. Remove the star anise from the plums, then spoon them into the cake tin, arranging them in an even layer.
  5. Cover the top of the pie by bringing up the hanging-down sides of filo and overlapping it on top of the pie. It doesn’t matter if it is crinkly and folded, as this is all part of the charm. Brush with melted butter.
  6. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, then carefully remove the spring-form tin and sprinkle the poppy seeds on top. Bake for another 15-20 minutes until the top is golden. Remove from the oven and let it cool briefly. With a spatula (or two) remove the pie from the baking tray and place on a decorative plate for serving. Sprinkle the top with a dusting of icing sugar, if you like.

South African Plum And Ricotta Filo Pie:

So what do you think about this South African Plum And Ricotta Filo Pie? Do you also fancy trying some? Because I know I do. Guest post. C/O: Recipe created by Kerstin Rodgers, aka Ms Marmite Lover, award-winning author, blogger and supper club owner.

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South African Plum And Ricotta Filo Pie
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  1. Emmanuelle Sam
    11 October 2016 / 07:22

    Looks very delicious, easy to prepare and definitely healthy! Unlike the recipes I found in Paperhelp review which are very hard to follow and has expensive ingredients.

  2. Evelina
    19 September 2016 / 17:47

    OMG! This looks absolutely divine!

  3. Little Pickles Mom
    17 September 2016 / 10:36

    Ahh, these photos make this dish look so gorgeous! I think I've only cooked with plums once… I tried to make jam and it just turned into toffee. Whoops. Maybe I'd have better luck with this!

    • 17 September 2016 / 20:39

      Thanks for the comment lovely. Whoo toffee plums sound good? I loved cooked plums 🙂

  4. Kara Guppy
    16 September 2016 / 20:13

    I don't think I would want to eat it as it looks so pretty

  5. Mixed Reviews
    16 September 2016 / 19:37

    We adore fillo pies! I'm curious how this tastes, looks very good and comforting. Yum!

  6. Dean B
    16 September 2016 / 11:38

    Looks great! I've never cooked with plums again and this looks really delicious!

    • 16 September 2016 / 19:20

      Thanks Dean, I prefer plums cooked 🙂

  7. Maria Parenti-Baldey
    16 September 2016 / 09:28

    Love ricotta cheese. Will show this recipe to my sister as she is visiting for the holidays. Great pics also. Thank you.

  8. Alison Campbell
    16 September 2016 / 06:25

    This looks fantastic! Plums aren't something I would use very often but I must admit now I would be tempted x

  9. Viv
    16 September 2016 / 06:24

    Oh wow, this looks amazing! I've been dairy free for ages but am back on it now so will be putting this recipe on my to eat list!

  10. Tamar SB
    15 September 2016 / 23:05

    That is so gorgeous looking!