Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Quick and Easy Peach Pie with Streusel

Peach pie is one of summer's oldest rites of indulgence; indeed, there isn't a better summer dessert with the season's fresh peaches. This recipe for peach pie has no memorable source, since I have been baking it, or some version of it, for over 40 years. I have added blackberries to it and raspberries, as well. The fruit pie recipe takes about 20 minutes till oven-ready and that includes peeling the peaches. It calls for an old-fashioned streusel topping, but I have created an even quicker, easy
method for fruit pie streusel.

Quick and Easy Peach Pie with Streusel

5 or 6 fairly large peaches, peeled and sliced
(You can use white or yellow peaches, or a combination of both)
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 eggs
1/4 C. heavy cream
one deep dish frozen 9" pie crust, uncooked
10 Keebler Pecan Sandies
a few tablespoons cold butter

Preheat oven to 425°. Arrange the cut peaches on the uncooked pie crust. Mix the nutmeg with the sugar and sprinkle on top of the peaches. Whisk two eggs with the heavy cream, just until scrambled.
Slowly pour over the peaches in between the crevices of the layers.

Instead of making the streusel with brown sugar, flour, and butter, I use the pecan sandie cookies. Place them in a zip lock bag and pound with a kitchen mallet until pinto bean-size. If you don't have a mallet, I have used the wooden heel of my clog before, too. Sprinkle the broken cookies over the pie and dot with about five bean-sized dots of cold butter.

Place uncooked pie on a rimmed cookie sheet. Bake on the middle rack of your oven for 15 minutes. Lower the oven to 400°. Check after another 15 minutes. I cooked this one 35 minutes total. If the pie starts to brown too quickly, cover lightly with a piece of aluminum foil.  Let cool and enjoy.

I have added a 1/2 cup of raspberries or blackberries to this peach pie recipe before and served it with vanilla or butter pecan ice cream. This time, I used blackberries. It is outstanding and a very quick and easy summer dessert.

This recipe was first used in June of 1976, hardly readable now. If your peaches are hard when you purchase them, leave them out on the counter for a couple of days. Purchased at Clement's Market, these were "cling-free," as my grandmother used to call them, after two days of sitting out. Another method for ripening quickly is to place them in a brown paper bag in the cupboard. But I tend to forget them there.
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