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Peach Pie Recipe

 

Pie Crust: In a food processor, place the flour, salt, and sugar and process until combined. Add the butter and process until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs (about 15 seconds). Pour 1/4 cup (60 ml) ice water in a slow, steady stream, through the feed tube until the pastry just holds together when pinched. If necessary, add more water. Do not over process or the pie crust will be tough.

Turn the pastry onto your work surface and gather into a ball. Divide the pastry in half, flatten each half into a disk, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about one hour, or until firm. (This will chill the butter and relax the gluten in the flour.)

Peach Filling: Meanwhile, place the peaches into a large pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds to 2 minutes or until the skins soften (the time will depend on the ripeness of each peach). Immediately transfer the peaches to a large bowl of ice water (this stops the cooking process). The skins should now slip easily off the peaches. Cut the peaches in half, remove the stones, and cut the fruit into thick slices or chunks. Place the peach slices in a large bowl and toss with the lemon juice. Then gently stir in the sugar, tapioca, and salt. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let stand, at room temperature, for about 30 minutes so the peaches have time to release their juices, the sugar can dissolve, and the tapioca becomes nice and plump.

Meanwhile, after the pastry has chilled sufficiently, remove one portion of the pastry from the fridge and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 12 inch (30 cm) circle. (To prevent the pastry from sticking to the counter and to ensure uniform thickness, keep lifting up and turning the pastry a quarter turn as you roll (always roll from the center of the pastry outwards).) Gently roll the pastry around your rolling pin (brushing off any excess flour as you roll) and transfer to a 9 inch (23 cm) pie pan. Tuck the overhanging pastry under itself. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and place back into the refrigerator until chilled.

Then remove the second round of pastry from the refrigerator and roll it into a 12 inch (30 cm) circle. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator until chilled. 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and place the oven rack in the lower third of the oven.

Remove the pie crust from the refrigerator and gently pour in the peach filling. Dot with the butter. Moisten the edges of the pie shell with a little milk or water and then place the top crust over the peaches. Tuck any excess pastry under the bottom crust and then crimp the edges using your fingers or a fork. Using a sharp knife, make 4 - 2-inch (5 cm) slits from the center of the pie out towards the edge of the pie to allow the steam to escape. With a pastry brush, lightly brush the top crust with a little cream and sprinkle with granulated white sugar.

Bake the pie for about 50 - 60 minutes or until the crust is a deep golden brown color and the juices are bubbling and thick. If the edges of the pie are browning too much during baking, cover with a foil ring. 

Place the baked pie on a wire rack to cool for at least an hour before serving. Very good with vanilla ice cream. Leftovers can be covered and stored for a couple of days at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Makes one 9 inch (23 cm) pie.

Pie Crust:

2 1/2 cups (350 grams) all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon (15 grams) granulated white sugar

1 cup (225 grams) cold unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small chunks

1/4 to 1/2 cup (60 - 120 ml) ice water

Peach Filling:

6 cups (2 1/2 pounds) (1.1 kg) firm ripe fresh peaches

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/4 - 1/3 cup (50 - 65 grams) granulated white sugar

3 tablespoons (30 grams) quick cooking tapioca

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon (12 grams) butter, cut into small pieces

Garnish:

1 tablespoon cream or milk

Granulated white sugar

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