Happy National Eat a Peach Day! What better way to eat a peach than in a peach pie?! Plus it’s a healthy way to get your fruits for the day…. am I right?
Peach pie is the epitome of summer desserts. This is a classic, no frills peach pie with just peaches, sugar, flour, and a whole lotta butter.
I used to be terrified of making pies because I thought pie crust was way too difficult to make and I thought I needed some fancy tools to make it look nice. Boy, was I wrong! This pie crust is SO EASY and you can use your hands to make it.
The most complicated part of the filling is peeling the darn skins off of the peaches. One way to do it is to cut an “X” on the bottom of the each peach, bring a pot of water to a boil, place the peaches in for a minute, and then plop the peaches into a bowl of ice water. The skins should peel right off! You could just use a potato peeler to peel the peaches, but this saves more of the peach. I know when I peel fruits and vegetables with a peeler, I always take off more than just the skin.
This filling has the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and a hint of lemon. It’s so simple and so tasty. The peaches create a sweetness that would be sure to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. Corn starch is absolutely necessary in this filling because it thickens up the juiciness of the peaches. If it is omitted there will be way too much liquid in your pie, therefore making the crust soggy (and nobody wants a soggy pie crust).
The all butter crust is flaky and is the perfect complement to the juicy peaches. Ice cold water and cold butter are a must! Warm water and room temperature butter will ruin your pie crust. If you use room temperature ingredients, you will end up with a dry, non-flaky crust. When rolling out the dough, it is ok if you see spots of butter. In fact, I believe that those spots of butter make your crust even more flaky and flavorful!
The pie bakes in the oven for a total of 50-55 minutes. It starts off at a high temperature to ensure that the filling gets nice and cooked, but then is lowered so that the crust doesn’t get overly browned.
The end result of this pie is pure deliciousness. Each bite of this pie has so much texture and flavor. Juicy peaches and a flaky crust – this pie is calling your name!