Two Peas and Their Pod

Peach Pie

I don’t bake pies, I bake cookies. Ok, I’ve baked a few pies in my lifetime, but I am really not skilled in the pie area. Baking a perfect pie crust is on my bucket list, so I invited my friend, Annalise, over. She is the pie expert. She agreed to show me how to make a perfect pie crust and bake up a beautiful pie. Lucky me!

I chose to make a peach pie because of our never ending supply of peaches. It just felt like the right thing to do. So we spent the day baking peach pie. We had a few timeouts to take care of our babies, but luckily our boys were on their best behavior so we could play in the kitchen. Caleb and John were the perfect pie assistants:)

Annalise makes pie making a breeze. She is cool, calm, and collected. If I would have tried to make a peach pie by myself, I know I would have been a stress case. I am glad I had the pro to walk me through the steps. Annalise taught me how to make a perfect pie, from start to finish. It really isn’t hard at all. The pie crust recipe is below, but if you want detailed step-by-step instructions on how to make a perfect pie crust, visit Annalise’s blog for a great pie tutorial.

For the peach pie filling, I added cinnamon, a hint of nutmeg, and a splash of vanilla extract. The flavors complimented the peaches nicely. Annalise asked what kind of top I wanted for my pie and I chose a lattice topping. I love the way the lattice strips look on a pie.

I was very pleased when I pulled my peach pie out of the oven. Look at that gorgeous lattice top! Amazing! I didn’t want to cut into it because it was so pretty…but when Josh came home, I knew my masterpiece wouldn’t stand a chance. He wanted a piece of pie for dessert! And I’m not going to lie, I was also anxious to have a taste.

My peach pie was perfect! Thanks Annalise for helping me get over my pie fear. I am excited to attempt more pies in the future. Now, it is your turn-go bake a peach pie! Happy weekend!

Peach Pie

Yield: Serves 10

Cook Time: 45 minutes

You can't beat a slice of homemade peach pie. Go all out and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream-dessert perfection!

Ingredients:

For the pie crust:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
1/2 cup buttermilk, cold
1-2 tablespoons water, cold
1 large egg, beaten, for the egg wash
Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling on top of pie

For the peach filling:

8 cups sliced peaches, skin removed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3-4 tablespoons cornstarch, depending on how juicy your peaches are
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Add the cubed butter and toss to coat. Dump the mixture out onto a clean surface and use a rolling pin to roll the butter into thin sheets, combining it with the flour. Use a bench scraper to scrape the rolling pin and to bring the mixture back into a pile as necessary. Continue until all of the butter is incorporated into the flour. Mixture will be very flaky. Return mixture to the bowl and place in the freezer for 15 minutes to chill the butter.

2. Remove from freezer and add the buttermilk. Use a spoon and then your hands to stir the mixture until it comes together into a ball. If mixture is too dry, add the water a tablespoon at a time. Divide the dough in two and flatten into disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.

3. While the dough is chilling, make the peach pie filling. In a large bowl, combine peaches, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cornstarch, and vanilla extract. Gently stir until mixed well.

4. When ready to roll out, let the dough rest at room temperature for five minutes. On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into a rough 13 inch circle. Dough should be about 1/4 inch thick. Transfer dough to pie dish. Fill pie with peach filling. Repeat with the second disk of dough. Cut dough and make a lattice over the filling. You can also leave the circle intact and cover the filling completely, cutting a few vents with a sharp knife, but I went with a lattice top for my peach pie.

5. Fold the edges of the top and bottom crusts together and use your index fingers and thumb to pinch into a pattern. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

6. Bake in a 400 degrees F oven for 45 minutes or until the pie is bubbling and the crust is golden brown. Let the pie cool completely on a wire cooling rack before cutting.

Note-you can use this same pie crust to make apple pie, berry pie, strawberry rhubarb pie, etc. Use your favorite filling!

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81 Responses to “Peach Pie”

  1. 1
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 14, 2012 @ 3:32 am

    Maria this pie is beautiful!! For someone who says she doesn’t bake pies, you could have fooled me! It’s perfect! We all need an Annalise in our lives I think!

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    Rosa — September 14, 2012 @ 4:10 am

    Irresistible and so prettily decorated!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Cherine — September 14, 2012 @ 5:17 am

    What a gorgeous tart! Mouthwatering!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — September 14, 2012 @ 6:49 am

    This turned out gorgeous!!!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 14, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    This pie is a beauty! Love it!

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    antique engagement rings — September 14, 2012 @ 7:08 am

    I think your peach pie looks wonderful…..!

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    katrina — September 14, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    What a beautiful peach pie, Maria! As a pie crust-impaired baker, looking forward to trying your recipe – thank you!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — September 14, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    Peach pie perfection! You did a rockin job! Now I have to get over my fear!

  9. 9

    What a yummy pie!! If my pies looked like this I’d skip the cookies and bake the pie!!

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    Carolyn — September 14, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    I love the idea of buttermilk in the pie crust — can’t wait to try this!

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    Alyssa — September 14, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    It sure does look perfect! It’s so much fun to have a helper to show you what to do :)

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    Kim in MD — September 14, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    Oh my gosh, this pie looks AMAZING!

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    sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more — September 14, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    I love pie, hate making it, the dough is always so stressing, even though it is easy if you don’t over think it.

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    Tesei — September 14, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    Well for someone who doesn’t bake pies, this looks absoutely stunning, good job!!!

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    Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony — September 14, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    This looks soooo perfect!

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — September 14, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    What a gorgeous peach pie, Maria!!! Love it!

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    Lori — September 14, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    Yes, I admit it openly: I will probably cheat and get the ready made crust. This pie looks so yummy.

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    TidyMom — September 14, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    oh what a perfect pie Maria! I’ve never made a top crust like that – I think I need to for Love the Pie party this year!!

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    Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk — September 14, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    This looks gorgeous! And oh so yummy!

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    Sues — September 14, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    That is a beautiful pie. And I LOVE your plates!!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — September 14, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    My favorite pie in the whole wide world. Especially when it’s made by Mom. :) Yours is a beauty.

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    Stephanie — September 14, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    Homemade pie crust is also on my “to conquer” list for next year. I can’t wait to give this a try!

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    Paloma — September 14, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    That pie looks superb! The lattice work looks beautiful! :) Thanks for sharing!

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    Heidi @foodiecrush — September 14, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    Now that’s a pretty pie. Annalise is the queen, I’m going to have to get a lesson now too!

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish — September 14, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    prettiest pie ever – this looks like peach pie perfection to me! and that CRUST! be still my heart :)

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    Deborah — September 14, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    Gorgeous pie! Now I need Annalise to help me make a pretty pie. :)

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    Annalise — September 14, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    I’m so glad you liked the pie. I wish I had a slice right now! Oh, and thanks for all the kind words and link! :)

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    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — September 14, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    I was lucky enough to try Annalise’s buttermilk pie crust and it was delicious. So much fun for you guys to spend a day baking! The pie is gorgeous!! xo

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    Shelby — September 14, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    ” Maria what a beautiful picture!” “Peach pie is my favorite summer pie, so delicious!’ Also, the plate is so pretty!!”

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — September 14, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    gorgeous!!! i am so so impressed!

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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — September 14, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    I love pie, and peach is right at the top of that list!! And this is about the most gorgeous pie I have ever seen!! Congratulations on your pie success! =)

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    Valerie — September 14, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    Love peach pie, but I just bought tons of concord grapes….
    Ever have a concord grape pie? Mmmmmmmmmmm!
    Never added buttermilk to a pie crust. Sounds great.
    Thanks for the recipe!

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    Marla Meridith — September 14, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

    LOOOOOOOve the peachy pie Maria!

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    Audra@The-Baker-Chick — September 14, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    Oh Maria I just love this pie! I never got around to making one this summer, but yours looks just perfect.

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    Darla | Bakingdom — September 14, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    This is a gorgeous pie! So perfect!

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — September 14, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    I am NOT a baker (savory foods are my forte!) but I made an apple pie a year or 2 ago for the first time and also did the lattice top. Pie is actually pretty hard to mess up, and when it looks as pretty as yours does, it definitely looks like something to be proud of :)

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — September 14, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    I’m with you, cookies are more fun to bake than pies! I have a hard time making pies look beautiful, but yours looks gorgeous! How do I get Annalise at my house?

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    Kari@Loaves and Dishes — September 14, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    You did a great job. The pie is beautiful. Now you’ve done it, (baked a pie) and it is perfect, so I am hoping to see more pies!

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    Christy — September 14, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

    What is it about pies that intimidate us?? I’ve never made one, either, but I am drooling over these pictures! Love the plates with the lace-like edges, too :)

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    Emily @ Life on Food — September 14, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

    This looks absolutely beautiful. I love pies more for the appearance than the taste. It looks amazing!

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