peach pie with bonus lattice crust!

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Today marks my 600th post! In honor of that huge number I bring you something I had been wanting to do since i started this blog: Make a lattice crust! This has been a bucket item list for me forever, and so glad to cross it off the list. Ive always been too scared to do it – not sure why, it really wasnt any more difficult to do than any other way! Lattice crust for the win!

I have made peach pie once before.

And with the end of summer nearing us, I made one again. This time I veganized smitten kitchen’s recipe and decided to finally try a lattice crust pie! I dont know why ive been so intimidated, it wasn’t any more difficult to do than making the full coverage pie. I think pie crust in general intimdiates me. I’m warming up to it. This time you poach the peaches too, and i think it softens them a bit, and the result was incredible. This was such a great pie – even milo ate it!

Crust
2 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting surfaces
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks earth balance, very cold
1/2 cup water, very cold

Filling
About 3 1/2 pounds peaches (approximately 6 large, 7 medium or 8 small)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, from about half a regular lemon
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon table salt
3 tablespoons cornstarch

To finish
1 tablespoon almond milk
1 tablespoon coarse or granulated sugar

Make your pie dough: Whisk together flour, sugar and salt in the bottom of a large, wide-ish bowl. Using a pastry blender, two forks or your fingertips, work the butter into the flour until the biggest pieces of butter are the size of small peas. Gently stir in the ice water with a rubber spatula, mixing it until a craggy mass forms. Get your hands in the bowl and knead it just two or three times to form a ball. Divide dough in half. Wrap each half in plastic wrap and flatten a bit, like a disc. Chill in fridge for at least an hour or up to two days.

Meanwhile, prepare your filling: Bring a large saucepan of water to boil. Prepare an ice bath. Make a small x at the bottom of each peach. Once water is boiling, lower peaches, as many as you can fit at once, into saucepan and poach for two minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to ice bath for one minute to cool. Transfer peaches to cutting board and peel the skins. In most cases, the boiling-then-cold water will loosen the skins and they’ll slip right off. In the case of some stubborn peaches, they will stay intact and you can peel them with a vegetable peeler.

Halve and pit the peaches, then into about 1/3-inch thick slices. You’ll want 6 cups; it’s okay if you go a little over. Add to a large bowl and toss with lemon juice. In a small dish, stir together sugars, cinnamon, salt and cornstarch until evenly mixed. Add to peaches and toss to evenly coat.

Preheat: Oven to 425 degrees.

Assemble your pie: Flour your counter very well, unwrap your first dough (if the two pieces look uneven, go for the smaller one) and put it in the middle and flour that too. Start rolling your dough by pressing down lightly with the pin and moving it from the center out. Roll until your dough is a 12- to 13-inch circle, then transfer pie dough to a standard pie dish by folding it gently into quarters (making no creases), arranging the folded corner into one quadrant of the bottom of your tin and gently unfolding it to fit over the base. Trim the overhang to one inch.

Scoop filling into bottom pie dough, including any accumulated juices  Roll out your top pie dough until it is 12 to 13 inches in diameter. To make a lattice-top pie, cut the pie dough into strips anywhere from 1/2 to 1-inch wide with a pastry wheel, pizza wheel or knife. Arrange every other strip across your pie filling in one direction, spacing the strips evenly. Fold back every other strip gently on itself and add the longest remaining strip in the other direction. Fold the strips back down, repeat with the other strips until a full lattice-top is formed. Trim the lattice’s overhang to the diameter of the pie dish’s rim. Gently fold the rim of the bottom crust over the lattice strips and crimp decoratively.

To finish:Brush pie with almond milk and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake pie: For about 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the crust is set and beginning to brown. Reduce oven temperature to 375 and bake pie for another 30 to 40 minutes, until filling is bubbling all over and the crust is a nice golden brown. If the pie lid browns too quickly at any point in the baking process, you can cover it with foil for the remaining baking time to prevent further browning.

Cool pie: For three hours at room temperature before serving.

peach pie.

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Labor day weekend means end of summer – but also means sweet, juicy peaches are in season and a plenty at my farmers market. I figured the perfect way to say goodbye to summer would to be to bid farewell with a pie!

I used joy the baker’s recipe here, only making it vegan and omitting the blueberries. I think this was my first time making a double crust pie. I had high hopes to go all lattice-style on this one, but I chickened out. This turned out great, and with the left over crust I was able to make some hand pies! (post to come!!)

hope everyone had a great summer – i know its officially still around for a few more weeks, but now that the kiddos are back in school and some fall crops are popping up (there was gourds at my farmers market ) were going to have fall on the brain in no time!

Adapted from Joy the Baker’s Peach Blueberry Pie

For the Crust:

2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) earth balance, cold, cut into cubes

5 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons ice cold water

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

For the Filling:

about 3 pounds ripe peaches (I used about 6-7 peaches)

1/2 to 2/3 cups granulated sugar (depending on the sweetness of your peaches)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

scant 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Almond milk for brushing

2 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, for topping crust before baking

To make the crust, in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt.  Add cold, cubed earth blanace and, using your fingers, work the butter into the flour mixture.  Quickly break the butter down into the flour mixture, some butter pieces will be the size of oat flakes, some will be the size of peas. Stir together the ice cold water and vinegar.   Create a well in the earth balance and flour mixture and pour in the water and vinegar mixture.  Use a fork to bring to dough together.  Try to moisten all of the flour bits.  On a lightly floured work surface, dump out the dough mixture.  It will be moist and shaggy.  That’s perfect.  Divide the dough in two and gently knead into two disks.  Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

To make the filling, wash and slice peaches.  In a medium bowl, combine peach slices.  In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, spices, flour, and cornstarch.  Pour the sugar mixture over the fruit, and gently toss together with a wooden spoon.  Stir in the lemon juice.  Place bowl of fruit in the fridge to rest while you roll the crust out.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Place a rack in the center of the oven, and place a baking sheet on the lower rack, just below where you’re going to place the pie.  This will catch any pie drippings without making a mess of your oven.

Remove one of the pie dough disks from the fridge.  On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out into about a 13-inch round.  Roll the dough a few strokes, then use your fingers to move the emerging circle around the floured surface.  This ensures that the dough isn’t sticking to the work surface.  The circle won’t be perfect, that’s ok.  Try not to get any tears in the rolled out dough, but if you do, they can be patched together with extra dough.    When you roll the dough and you can see it start springing back, that means that the butter is warming and the crust shouldn’t be rolled out anymore.  Gently lift the 13-inch round from the floured surface and center in the 9-inch baking dish.  Place in the fridge while you roll out the top crust.

Roll out the top crust just as you did the bottom crust, moving the dough across the floured surface every once in a while, and creating a roughly 13-inch circle.  Remove the bottom crust and fruit filling from the fridge.  Gently pour the fruit filling into the pie dish.  Carefully remove the top crust from the work surface and drape over the fruit in the pie dish.  With a small knife, trim the crust, leaving about 3/4-inch overhang.  With your fingers press the top and bottom crusts together and fold under.  Use a fork or your fingers to crimp the edges of the dough.  Cut five small slits in the top of the crust so the juices and steam can vent.  Brush lightly with some almond milk and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Place pie in the oven and bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.  Reduce the oven heat to 375 and bake for 45 to 55 more minutes.  Remove from the oven when crust is browned and golden, and the juices are bubbling.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 2 hours before serving.  Place covered in the fridge to store.  Pie lasts up to 3 or 4 days.

blueberry peach scones.

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This that time of year in the midwest: blueberry season. peach season. Nothing beats fresh picked blueberries or fresh picked peaches. Im on my way to the farmers market after this post to get more peaches because we ate the last batch so fast! These scones were awesome. Ill be making more this afternoon!

I found the original recipe here.

  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 T coconut palm sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ stick (4 tablespoons) earth balance, cold and cut into small pieces
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh peach, in ½” pieces (about half a medium peach)
  • ⅓ cup blueberries (cut in half if they’re large)
  • 1 egg replacer, prepped (or 1 egg if not vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
For the topping
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds

    1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon until combined. Add the earth balance and using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut it in until the mixture is crumbly. Some chunks of earth balance should remain. Add in the peaches and blueberries.
    2.In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the egg/egg replacer, vanilla, and applesauce. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
    3. Prep your baking pan
    4. Scrape the dough onto the floured surface. Pat the dough into a 5″ to 5½” circle about ¾” thick.
    5. To make the topping, stir together the coarse sugar and cinnamon. Brush the dough with milk, and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Sprinkle the sliced almonds on top.
    6. Using a knife or bench knife that you’ve run under cold water, slice the circle into 6 wedges.
    7. Carefully pull the wedges away from the center to separate them, about 1 inch between them at the edges. Place the pan of scones in the freezer for 30 minutes, uncovered. While the scones are chilling, preheat the oven to 425°F.
    8. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until golden brown.

apple slab pie.

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It’s apple picking season! So time to break out the apple recipes. We went apple picking and got a 1/2 peck of golden delicious, empire, and a few red delicious.

I took at stab at making this apple slab pie, since I had some leftover dough. It would normally call for a 9×13 pan, but i didnt have enough dough, so I halved the recipe and put it in a smaller, rectangular pan (probably equal to about 8×8, just proportioned differently) and it worked out perfectly. I veganized the recipe, added some of my own elements. I will DEFINITELY be making this again. It turned out to be so fantastic!

  • One batch pie crust. I used this one
  • 6 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2-3 T oats
  • 1/2 cup earth balance
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup almonds (or any kind of nuts)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Prepare pie crust according to directions and pat it into the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine apple slices, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Spread in an even layer over crust.
  3. In the food processor, combine the flour, butter, and brown sugar, pulsing until coarse crumbs are formed, Add the chopped nuts and oats and pulse a little bit more. Sprinkle crumb top over apple layer.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour or until filling bubbles. Cool completely.
  5. If preparing ahead of time to freeze. Wrap with foil and label prior to baking and freeze. Then, when ready to serve, bake the frozen pie at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375° and continue baking as directed.

peach muffins.

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Not only did I make pie with all these peaches I got at my neighborhood farmers market, I also made some muffins! Brown sugar and peaches?! Yes please. These turned out great!

I found the recipe here., and made them as is! I think the addition of blueberries would be really tasty!

2 1/2 cups spelt flour
3/4 cup brown sugar, plus a little extra for sprinkling
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup almond milk (or soy milk)
1 teapoon apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups chopped peaches (leave skins on or not, whichever you prefer)

Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease a muffin tin.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices. Make a well in the center and add the applesauce, almond milk, vinegar, canola oil and vanilla. Stir with a wooden spoon until mostly combined. Add the peaches and combine until the dry ingredients are just incorporated.

Scoop batter into muffin tins, they will hold their shape a little bit if you use an ice cream scoop. The batter should almost fill the entire tin. Sprinkle one or two teaspoons of brown sugar on top of each. Bake for 28 to 32 minutes, or until a toothpick or butter knife inserted through the center comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes in the tin then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely, or just flip them up in the tin to cool, as shown above.

peanut butter and jelly hand pies.

PB&J HANDPIES

The leftover crust from the peach pie I made this weekend, pained me to throw away – so I decided to whip together some hand pies. I had enough left over to make 1 1/2 pies. So there was one full size and one mini.

I took the remaining pie crust and rolled it out and cut two rectangles, spooning peanut butter on one side, and jelly on the other. Put the two crusts on top of eachother and seal the edges, then crimp with a fork. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

These were a HUGE hit with milo! Seriously. see that plate above? Its no more. It broke when I was chasing milo around trying to get the pie out of his hand. After eating the little one, he HAD to have the big one too, and I had trouble stopping the little devil!

IMG_0127What do you do with leftover pie crust? do you throw it out, or have you made anything fun with it? Do tell!