Video: How to Make a Peach Pie

Fresh Peach Pie by Ken Haedrich, Dean of ThePieAcademy.com

There are any number of fruit pies that you can make with packaged, frozen fruit and expect good results – berry pies, for instance – but peach is not one of them. Let’s just say frozen peaches are lacking where it matters most, and leave it at that.

Which makes a really good peach pie as elusive as the season itself. It’s a window that opens briefly early to mid-summer, letting in the pure taste and fleeting aroma of peaches at their peak, and then ends abruptly like an all-too-short summer vacation.

It was with this understanding that I decided to make a peach pie this week. Not a fancy schmantzy one but an old school, double crusted peach pie like the ones you remember from your youth. I had fun doing it, and I thought you might like to see my back-to-basics approach to peach pie, so I made a video about it and posted the recipe below.

Let me know what you think…and do send me a photo when you make your next peach pie. I always love getting your pix. And you never know when your photo might end up on our Facebook page.

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RECIPE PASTRY NOTES

Use any favorite double crust pie dough recipe for this peach pie. The cornmeal dough I used in the video above can be found at the end of this post; you’ll have to mix two batches, since it’s a single crust. Or you may prefer the buttery Slab Pie Dough (which makes enough for a double crust pie.) Another possibility is the Double Crust Shortening Pie Dough. 

Double Crust Peach Pie

Ingredients

  • Enough pastry for a double-crust 9-inch pie (see suggestions above)
  • FILLING
  • 5 1/2 - 6 cups peeled and sliced peaches (see video for blanching instructions)
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus a little more for the top of the pie
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • Pinch or two ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • Light cream or milk, for the glaze

Instructions

  1. If you haven't already, prepare your pie dough and divide it into two pieces, one for the top crust and one for the bottom crust; make the piece for the bottom crust slightly larger. Shape into 3/4-inch thick disks, then wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 45 to 60 minutes before rolling.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°. Put one of your oven racks in the lowest position and the other one in the middle of the oven.
  3. Prepare the filling: put the peach slices in a large bowl. Mix the sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl then add to the peaches. Stir well. Stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  4. Roll the larger piece of dough into 12-inch circle and line your pie pan with it, letting the edges hang over the sides of the pan. Turn the filling into the crust and even it out with a spoon. Dot the peaches with several small pieces of the cold butter.Using a damp fingertip or pastry brush, moisten the edge of the pie shell.
  5. Roll the other half of dough into an 11" - 11 1/2" circle. Drape the dough evenly over the filling, pressing down lightly along the edge to seal. Trim the overhanging dough with a paring knife - I use the back of the blade if I'm using a foil pan. If you'd rather, you can trim the dough, leaving an even 3/4" all around, then pinch the dough into an upstanding ridge and flute the edge.
  6. Line a dark baking sheet with parchment; foil will do if that's all you have. Place the pie on the sheet. Lightly brush the top of the pie with light cream or milk, then sprinkle with several teaspoons sugar. Using your paring knife, make several slits in the top of the pie.
  7. Place the sheet on the lower rack and bake 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375° and bake another 15 minutes. After these first 30 minutes, move the pie up to the middle rack and bake another 30 minutes, until the top is well browned and you can see thick juices bubbling up through the slits.
  8. Transfer the pie to a cooling rack and cool for at least 1 1/2 hours before slicing and serving. Makes 8 servings.
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