(Michigan) Peach Pie
This pie is a gift. Many years ago I was given this recipe for fresh peach pie. And when a good friend recently showed up from Michigan with fresh peaches I knew where they would land. This pie. Peaches and blueberries from Michigan are simply amazing. So this pie has been a gift twice, both the recipe and now the peaches.
Tip: Use peaches that are still a little firm for baking in pies and cobblers. Mushy peaches will not work well.
Tip: I almost always pre-bake the pie shell for fruit pies, it helps prevent soggy crust and you don't have to bake the pie at a high temperature, resulting in crusts that brown too fast.
- All -purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups, unbleached
- Sugar - 1 tablespoon
- Salt - Pinch
- Butter - 8 tablespoons, or 4 oz., unsalted, diced and cold
- Cold water - 2-3 tablespoons, ice cold
- Egg yolk - 1
- Water - 1 tablespoon
- Peaches - 4 1/2 cups, sliced
- Sugar - 3/4 cup, granulated
- Flour - 1/3 cup
- Butter - 1/2 cup, melted
- Egg - 1
- Sugar - For sprinkling
- Cinnamon - For sprinkling
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Add flour, sugar, and salt to food processor and blend together.
3. Add (cold) diced butter to processor. Pulse until blended and butter chunks are the size of large peas.
4. Add cold water, pulsing between each tablespoon addition.
5. Pulse until the dough mixture just begins to pull away from the sides of the processor.
6. Empty out the dough mixture onto counter, combine into a large disk and fold the disk over onto itself 2-3 times. (This helps to create the laminated layers and flaky crust that you want in your pie.)
7. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
8. Roll out dough, place in 9 inch pie pan, brush with egg yolk and (1 T) water (mixed), bake for 10 minutes with pie weights or beans. Remove from oven.
9. Turn oven temperature down to 350 degrees.
10. Mix together sugar, flour and melted butter. Add one beaten egg.
11. Pour mixture into baked pie shell.
12. Top with sliced peaches and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
13. Bake for one hour at 350 degrees. Cool completely before slicing.