Thursday, August 23, 2007

Summertime Peach Pie

A Peach has to be one of the most wonderful things God created on this earth. Nothing says summer to me more than the taste of a warm, ripe peach. Add sugar and some other ingredients, and you have yourself the second best thing- Peach Pie! We bought some peaches from the local farmer's market and I found this great recipe to try. It was simple enough that the peaches themselves were the highlight and weren't overshadowed by all the other ingredients. Enjoy!

Peach Pie
1 (15 ounce) package pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1 egg, lightly beaten
5 cups sliced peeled peaches
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Line the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie plate with one of the pie crusts. Brush with some of the beaten egg to keep the dough from becoming soggy later.
Place the sliced peaches in a large bowl, and sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix gently. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pour over the peaches, and mix gently. Pour into the pie crust, and dot with butter. Cover with the other pie crust, and fold the edges under. Flute the edges to seal or press the edges with the tines of a fork dipped in egg. Brush the remaining egg over the top crust. Cut several slits in the top crust to vent steam.

Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 30 to 35 minutes, until the crust is brown and the juice begins to bubble through the vents. If the edges brown to fast, cover them with strips of aluminum foil about halfway through baking. Cool before serving. This tastes better warm than hot.

Adapted from All-Recipes

The egg mixture on top really makes a beautiful crust. To top with whipped cream, beat a cup of heavy whipping cream until stiff. Add a few tablespoons of sugar, to taste. Delicious!

"An apple is an excellent thing -- until you have tried a peach."
-George du Maurier

“A Georgia peach, a real Georgia peach, a backyard great-grandmother's orchard peach, is as thickly furred as a sweater, and so fluent and sweet that once you bite through the flannel, it brings tears to your eyes.”
-Melissa Fay Greene

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