It's best to have your pastry at room temperature for at least 30 minutes prior to rolling it as it will be softer and easier to work with, so take it out of the fridge to bring to room temp, around 30 minutes before you expect to roll it.
Wash the fruit then chop into small chunks, removing the stone from the middle. Place into a large bowl.
Add the sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, dried thyme and salt to the bowl and mix well.
Pour the filling mixture into the centre of the pie dish.
Sprinkle some flour on a clean work surface and place the pastry on top, dust with a little more flour to prevent sticking to the rolling pin.
Aim to roll the pastry about 2cm thick. You will also need the length to be as long as the diameter of the dish you are using. This recipe calls for a pie dish 32cm diameter so the length of my pastry is 32cm long when rolled. Adjust these measurements if you are using a different size of pie dish.
Use a ruler or your eye to judge where to cut the pastry length-ways in equal strips. I cut the pastry to 6cm wide for each strip but you can cut the strips to any width you prefer. Just ensure you have enough to cover the width of the pie dish 2x.
Use the remaining pastry to roll out a thin strip which you will insert around the edge of the pie dish to finish it off. It does not have to be one long strip, you can roll several smaller strips and simply join them together by pressing with your fingers.
Ensure that the pie filling is evenly spread so that you do not have any sticking up which may poke through the pastry.
To make the lattice effect for the pie topping, lay the pieces from top to bottom, leaving a slight overhang over the pie dish (this will be snipped and tucked in).
Next, fold lengths 2 and 4 back over themselves to half way and add a strip from left to right. Now fold strips 2 and 4 back into place over the horizontal strip - you will now see the lattice/weave effect taking shape.
Do the same but this time, fold back strips 1 and 3, insert the horizontal strip from left to right, then fold strips 2 and 3 back into place.
Turn the pie dish around and do the same as above.
Now, use scissors to carefully snip off any extra length from each piece, but leave enough to be able to tuck each length inside the pie dish.
Now, use the extra piece of pastry you rolled, to create a neat edge all around the edges of the pie dish (see pic for inspiration).
Brush the top of the pastry with a little oil.
Place the completed pie in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees C for 30-35 mins until golden on top.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.
This pie tastes wonderful as it is but feel free to add a dollop of yoghurt or a serving of ice-cream for an extra indulgent treat!