Peach Pie: How Do I Love Thee{21}

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peach pie by the sliceSlice of heaven…

Peach pie how do I love thee, let me count the ways

(With sincere apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning)



I love thee to the depth and breadth and height of juicy fruit and tender crust.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s most delicious bite by morning sun or candlelight.
I love thee freely, as my senses delight;
I love thee purely, as sun-born fruit upon my plate,
I love thee with passion as the best thing I ever ate.
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s eye,
I love thee with a love only reserved for superior pie.
With my lost saints, I love thee with my last breath,
Smiles, tears, pursuit of peach pie, my righteous path.

 

My Favorite Peach Pie Recipe

Let me share my favorite peach pie recipe so you too, can wax poetically (or not so poetically) over the virtues of delectable peaches crowned in crust.

peach pie fillingSweet peaches waiting to be tucked in with a top crust

peach pie ready to bakeCountdown to bake-off!



homemade peach pieCounter intelligence: letting the pie cool before eating.

Peach Pie Deluxe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5-6 ripe peaches
  • 3 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/4 Teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 Teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 small lime juiced
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 double crust, pasty dough

Note

Adapted from a recipe originally published as Peach Pie in Country Woman July/August 2005.

Directions

Step 1
Cut peaches in chunks, not thin slices. I quarter mine and leave the skins on, then cut each quarter into thirds.
Step 2
Place peaches in a bowl, add sugars and let macerate until juice appears.
Step 3
In a cold saucepan, add other dry ingredients: cornstarch, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and whisk in strained peach juice (from step 2) until fully incorporated. Place on low heat and stir until thickens, 1-2 minutes
Step 4
Remove from heat, stir in lime juice and butter until fully incorporated and smooth.
Step 5
Pour cornstarch mixture over peaches. Stir gently and well.
Step 6
Add peaches to chilled pie dough in pie plate. Add lattice top or double crust top with air vents.
Step 7
Optional: whisk an egg with one tablespoon of water and lightly brush on unbaked top crust and sprinkle with sugar before baking. This adds a nice sweet crunch and golden brown top to the crust.
Step 8
Bake at 400 for 50-60 or until filling bubbles. Let cool for an hour to set fruit filling for better slicing

peach pie deluxe oven freshSome days you just can’t wait for the pie to cool completely.