Just Peachy! [Pie Recipe]

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“An apple is an excellent thing – until you have tried a peach.”

George du Maurier (1834-1896)

I’ve always wanted to have a big ole peach tree. Yet it’s too hot to grow peaches in Florida. In North Carolina, it’s too cold. But in South Carolina, it’s Peachy Keen!

Recently, I was driving down the Interstate in South Carolina, and signs were everywhere:  Fresh Peaches!  There were more Peach signs than Speed Limit signs!  I got a whiplash checking them all out. Drooling, I had to stop!

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Ripe, sweet, juicy peaches are sure to put a Big Smile on your face.

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Summer is peach season. Supermarket peaches (flavorless hard baseballs) don’t hold a candle to just-picked-from-the-tree peaches, like these beauties from Ragan Orchards in Inman, SC.

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The girl at the Ragan Orchard stand was a real peach and even set up my own taste test!  August Prince peaches (larger, yellow skin, melting yellow flesh with an acidic tang) versus O’Henry peaches (bright red and orange skin with a sweet and juicy flesh). Of course I bought both types!

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My first bite: As sweet as the perfect summer day.

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I even got to check out the peach trees at the orchard!  Really cool!

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“I really love your peaches, I want to shake your tree.”

I was hooked! I loaded up my car with peaches like Santa packs his sleigh with presents. Like a human Pac Man, I chomped on my just-plucked gems all the way back to North Carolina. Amazingly, some peaches survived for my homemade Peach Pie. Mmmmm!

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The addition of fresh rosemary adds a touch of savory, almost buttery taste to this sweet treat. For a more intense flavor, I replaced some of the sugar with pure local honey (from the orchard). Tapioca thickens the pie and cooks up clear. Tradition holds that peach pie is lattice-topped, which adds beauty and allows some moisture to escape during baking. This summer treat is Just Peachy!

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Savory Peaches and Cream Pie

Adapted from Ready, Set, Dough! By Melanie Barnard

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca

½ cup sugar

¼ cup pure honey

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

½ teaspoon grated lemon zest

¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon freshly-grated nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 Tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped

3 Tablespoons heavy or light cream

One 15-ounce package refrigerated folded Piecrusts

6 cups fresh peaches, peeled and cut into ½ inch thick slices

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Remove and reserve 2 teaspoons of the sugar. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the remaining sugar, honey, tapioca, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, rosemary and lemon zest. Stir in the peaches and any peach juice.  Let the mixture stand for 15 minutes to soften the tapioca.

Keeping one crust refrigerated, unfold the other crust and ease it into a 9-inch deep dish pie plate. Spoon the peach mixture into the crust, spreading evenly. Dribble with 2 tablespoons of the cream.

Unfold the remaining pie crust and place onto a floured surface. Use a small, sharp knife or pizza wheel cutter to cut the crust into ½ to ¾ inch wide strips to create a lattice topping.

Brush the lattice with the remaining 1 tablespoon of cream and sprinkle with remaining reserved 2 teaspoons of sugar.

Bake the pie on the lower rack for 30 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 400 degrees F. Bake for 15 minutes.  Reduce the temperature to 375 degrees F. Carefully remove the pie from the oven, place a 14-inch square of foil on the middle rack, and move the pie to the center of the oven. Place the pie on the foil and bake until the juices are bubbling and the crust is golden brown, about 15 minutes more.

Cool the pie on a rack.  Then serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Tips:

*If available, use a variety of two peaches for a more complex flavor.

**To peel peaches, place peaches in a pan of boiling water for 30 to 45 seconds. Remove with thongs and run under cold water.  Use a small knife to loosen the skin, then slip the peel from the peaches.

***If the edges of the pie begin to darken during baking, lightly cover edges with foil to prevent burning.

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How sweet it is! Homemade Peach Pie! Want a slice? (or two…)

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I’m bringing a slice of my pie over to the party at Fiesta Friday #31.

Do you stop at roadside farm stands? What is your favorite Peach recipe?

All original photos courtesy of Seedy Lawyer.  All rights reserved.

 

  • Kaila (GF Life 24/7)

    I LOVE THIS! I don’t have a favorite peach recipe. Although, I have made an awesome peach smoothie. And, I love roadside farm stands, especially when they spontaneously inspire me to create something. Thanks for sharing, happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend!

    • Hi Kaila, Like you, I love roadside farm stands, during all seasons. Yum! Thanks for visiting! Happy FF!

  • Dear Lisa, I do believe I saw this a teeny while ago on Instagram, and now here it is! Great job and peaches are the jam right now, currently overflowing with O’Henry’s in this household!

    • Hi Sue, Yes I posted the peach pictures on Instagram straight from the orchard (wasn’t sure if there would be any peaches left to take a photo of later LOL). I can’t wait to see what great peach recipes you come up with! Happy FF!

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  • Creatingbeautyinthekitchen

    Looks absolutely delicious! Love your pic of the chalkboard saying, “just peachy.”

    • It was more delicious than it looks! YUM! Thanks for visiting!

  • Sarah ‘n Spice

    I do love a good peach pie!

    • Nothing like fresh peaches… alone or in a pie! Thanks for visiting!

  • deliciouslynell

    Yuuuuuuuuuuuummmy!

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  • Hilda

    This is so tempting. The cream added to the pie filling is something I am going to try. I agree, peaches really are the queen of fruits. Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe with us.

    • The addition of cream made a big difference! Yum! Thanks for having me at your FF party! 🙂

  • Arl’s World

    These fresh peaches look beautiful. I can almost taste the flavor looking at the pictures. This peach pie looks and sounds wonderful! As a lover of fruit pie I will have to try this recipe. 🙂

    • My whole car smelled of a peach orchard! Nothing like a fresh peach! Please let me know how your pie turns out 🙂

  • Angie

    Yes, please, a big slice for me! You got me hungry for peach pie, or anything with peach! I haven’t had a bite of peach this whole entire summer, except for some peach salsa in some restaurant. But I want a big ripe, juicy, fragrant peach to sink my teeth into, and have the juice dripping down my chin. Or a slice of this pie! 🙂

  • Oh! this looks insanely delicious! i LOVE peaches!