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!
You can’t beat a slice of homemade peach pie. Go all out and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream-dessert perfection!
Yield: Serves 10
Cook Time: 45 minutes
For the pie crust:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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