Apricot Placek

This is a variation on Prune placek (flat cake) which I posted recently, this time using dried apricots instead of prunes.

There is a base of short crust type pastry, a layer of softened apricots and a cake topping which contains oats and sesame seeds.



  • 175g plain flour
  • 125g butter
  • 50g caster sugar


  • 225g soft dried apricots
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cornflour


  • 125g butter
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 125g soft dried apricots
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • ½ teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 125g rolled oats
  • 50g sesame seeds

Method – Base

  • Grease and line a rectangular 20 x 27cm tin.
  • Pre-heat the oven to GM 4 – 180°C
  • Rub the butter into the flour to made breadcrumbs.
  • Mix in the caster sugar.
  • Bring the mixture together to make a dough.
  • Press the dough into the tin.

  • Bake the base for around 25 minutes until it is golden on top.
  • Leave till it is cold.


  • Chop the apricots into small pieces.
  • Put the apricot and sugar into a small pan and cover them with water
  • Simmer the apricots, sugar and water  for 10 minutes until you have a soft pulp – take care not to boil the mixture dry – add more water if needed.
  • Mix the cornflour with some water to form a paste and add this to the mixture and stir until it thickens.
  • Remove from the heat and leave it till it is cooled completely.

Spread the filling on top of the pastry base.


  • In a pan gently melt the butter, sugar and honey.
  • Leave to cool slightly.
  • Chop the 125g of apricots into small pieces.
  • Add the apricots to the butter mixture and mix .
  • In a bowl mix the flour, bi-carbonate of soda, oats and sesame seeds.
  • Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well in.
  • Spread this mixture over the apricot filling.
  • Sprinkle the reserved sesame seeds over the top.
  • Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until the top is golden.
  • Cut into squares or rectangles to serve.

Tea plates are Bramble Rose by Duchess from the 1960s.

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I love cooking and baking. I love trying out new recipes and currently am trying out many old favourites from my Polish cookbooks and family recipes. I am trying out many variations, often to make them easier but still delicious. I collect glass cake stands and china tableware, mainly tea plates, jugs and serving dishes, many of which I use on a daily basis. They are an eclectic mixture from the 20th & 21st century.

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