Recipe: Peach Pie

My boyfriend, Dave, came home from his parents’ house the other day with a big back of peaches. Turns out his parents get fresh Georgia peaches from a truck each summer. We ended up with more peaches than we could possibly eat fresh in a short amount of time, so I made some of them into a peach pie. I’ve made plenty of fruit pies before, but never a peach one… it turned out pretty well!

I recommend making a crust from scratch for a fruit pie, and not doing a blind bake. Making crust from scratch really doesn’t take that long, and only requires three ingredients (although you can get fancier if you want!). I’d never made a lattice-top pie before this, and honestly it was kind of a pain in the butt, but the end result looked so pretty it was worth it! Usually I use a more solid crust for the top of my pies.

I started with the crust and fruit pie recipes out of the 1968 version of the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book, which, in my opinion, is the best cookbook ever written. It has a tremendous variety of recipes, clear instructions with helpful illustrations, and produces great-tasting food with little regard for modern health standards. After the first couple of tries, I started modifying the basic recipe a little, and the result is what you see here!

Fresh Peach Pie

For the crust:

  • 2 c sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt (I like sea salt)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 c vegetable shortening
  • 4ish tbsp cold water
  • 2ish tbsp vodka, whiskey or rum

For the pie:

  • 5ish c sliced fresh peaches
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • dash salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  1. Sift the 2 c flour, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp cinnamon together in a medium-size bowl. Cut the vegetable shortening in with a pastry blender until pieces are pea-sized. (You can also use a fork for this if you don’t have a pastry blender, but I highly recommend a pastry blender).
  2. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of cold water in the corner of the mixture and toss with a fork, pushing it toward the side of the bowl. Repeat with 1 tbsp vokda/whiskey/rum. Alternate between water and alcohol until the dough is throughly moistened.
  3. Form the dough into two balls (one for the top crust, one for the bottom). Use a rolling pin to roll one dough ball out to between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thickness.
  4. Carefully transfer the dough into a pie plate and trim the pastry 1/2 inch beyond the edge of the plate.
  5. Combine the 3/4 c granulated sugar, 3 tbsp flour, dash of salt, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice together in a large bowl. Add the 5 cups of sliced fresh peaches and mix to throughly coat the peaches.
  6. Fill the pie plate with the coated peaches and dot with the 2 tbsps of unsalted butter.
  7. Add the lattice-top pie crust (click here for a video tutorial). Fold the edges of the bottom crust over the edge of the lattice-top and crimp to seal.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees F for 45 minutes or until the top crust is golden brown and the peaches are bubbling.