Friday, August 14, 2009

Peach Pie, Quilter’s Style

This afternoon, as I surfed one of favorite websites, Allrecipes.com I noticed the “recipe of the day”:

Peach Pie, Submitted by Marcia Kammann.

The photo looked so inviting, I couldn’t resist. I called Wesley and asked him to pick up enough peaches for a two pies, and a box of premade Pillsbury pie crust. (I know, I know… it’s not as good as homemade… but it sure as heck is easy!)

He arrived home with a lug box. Colorado peaches… new arrivals at our favorite grocery store.

We set to work making the pies. Compared to other peach pie recipes, the ingredients & steps were easy. Our peaches were perfect… sweet, juicy, firm, and flawless. It wasn’t long, and we had the pie shells filled. We didn’t change the recipe, other than adding a couple tablespoons of minute tapioca to the lower layers to prevent the pie from getting too runny.

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We decided to try a lattice crust. Neither one of us had every woven one before, but Allrecipes.com obliged with a handy tutorial:

Making a Lattice Top Pie Crust

Wesley cut the strips for the first lattice free hand, using a pizza cutter. We wove the lattice with no trouble… a little time consuming but really fun.

Then, he disappeared into the sewing room. He emerged with a narrow ruler (1/2”), and cut the next strips “quilter’s style”. The result was impeccable.

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Matthew got in on the action, helping weave the strips, and painting the pies with the egg wash.

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After a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar, the pies went into the oven, and soon the house was filled with the incomparable aroma of fresh peach pie. Warm, sweet, & fruity… the unmistakable scent of summer.

Waiting 45 minutes for the pies to cool seemed like an eternity. Every five minutes or so, Matthew asked “Is my pie done yet?”

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It was worth the wait.

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Yum. Simply delicious.

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