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Perfect Peach Pie

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Remember Mom's (or Grandma's) delicious, mouthwatering, scrumptious pies. Read up and Linuxmom will teach you a delicious homemade summer pie recipe to satiate you tastebuds. Chock full of peaches, it's not only tasty, but it's healthy!
 
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Step 1: A perfect pie begins with a perfect crust.........

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A perfect crust should be light and flaky. It melts away in your mouth, complimenting the filling, not overpowering it.

It takes awhile to learn how to make the perfect crust. Overworking the dough, either over mixing or over rolling, will lead to a tough crust. To much moisture makes the dough difficult to roll. Adding to much flour results in a dry, tough, difficult to roll crust.

Just remember once you've mastered the crust, the filling is "easy as pie".



Step 2: Oil Pastry Crust Recipe

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1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup oil
3 tablespoons cold water

Mix together the flour and salt. Pour oil and water into cup (DO NOT stir). Add to flour mixture. Stir lightly until a ball is formed. Flatten. Roll.

Remember that atmospheric conditions will affect your flour. Depending on the humidity levels where you live, you may have to increase the amount of water. Do this sparingly!

This recipe makes ONE crust. I, personally, make my crust one at a time. Feel free to double and divide the dough evenly for TWO crusts.

Step 3: Making the crust.....

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The first rule of baking is accuracy. A good set of measuring utensils is mandatory.

However, this said, a good baker also know the consistency of the product made. This is where practice and perserverence pays off. Ready-made pastry dough is an easy out. But keep trying and learning and soon the compliments and requests will starting pouring in. You, too, can learn to make the perfect crust! Let's begin.........

Many say to sift the flour. I, myself, use the scoop method. If you scoop, the trick is not to compact the flour. Don't tamp or pack the cup to level it , simply shake it even. Mix in the salt to distribute.

Next, measure out the oil. Use a liquid measuring cup for accuracy. (However, if you don't have one don't worry. For years, I used one set of measures for both liquid and dry with good results.)

Add the water. Don't mix them. (Logic, I'm not sure...but this works well.)


Stir lightly with a fork until balls begin to form. Then use hands to form dough into a single ball. Remember, over mixing will result in a tough crust.




Step 4: Rolling the crust.........

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Take your ball of dough and gently flatten it.

An easy way to keep the dough from sticking to surface you are rolling it out on is to use waxed paper. This will minimize the amount of extra flour incorporated into the dough.

Put your flattened ball of dough on a sheet of wax paper that is slightly bigger than your pie plate.
Top with another sheet of waxed paper of the same size.

Roll out from the center, rotating your paper covered crust with every one or two strokes of the rolling pin, to form a circle slightly bigger than your pie plate. Occasionally during this process, flip the paper covered crust over. Peel the paper up to prevent sticking. If it starts to stick, dust top of crust with a small amount of flour. Replace the paper and continue to roll to size. If your dough is of the correct consistency, it will not be necessary to dust with flour.

Rolling pie crust, requires a firm but gentle touch. (Kind of like raising children, lovingly but firmly guide them in the right direction.) The key is to use firm strokes of the pin that push the crust into the shape needed. Remember, overworking the crust will make it tough. The goal is to obtain the desired shape and size with the least number of strokes of the rolling pin and as quickly as possible.
Store crusts in the refrigerator in their protective waxed paper until you are ready to assemble the pie.

Step 5: Prefect Peach Pie Filling Recipe

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3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
8 medium peaches (peeled and sliced)
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Mix together dry ingredients (flour, sugars, spices) in a large bowl. Stir in peaches and lemon juice.

Add more peaches if desired. Adjust sugar as needed.

Step 6: Preparing the filling.........

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The best pies are made from the best ingredients. A good peach pie needs good peaches. Since the peaches will be cut and cooked, it is not necessary that the peach, itself, is a perfect specimen. However, it is essential that your peaches are ripe and full of flavor. (Store boughten peaches can be ripened inside a paper bag to bring out their juicy flavor.)

Wash peaches in water and drain. Pare peaches and slice into large mixing bowl. Sprinkle lemon juice on peaches.

In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients together (sugars, flour, spices).

Combine dry ingredients with peaches.

Step 7: Assembling the pie............

(PSST...nows about time to preheat the oven to 425 degrees.)

Remove the top layer of waxed paper from the rolled out dough. Gently turn over crust (so uncovered side is down) and gently lay into pie plate, centering it to fit evenly. Remove top layer of wax paper.

Pour peach pie filling into crust lined plate. Cut 3 tablespoons of butter in small pieces and dot butter pieces over the top of the filling.

Moisten edge of crust by running finger dipped in water around the entire crust edge. (This will seal the two layers together.)

Place upper pie dough crust on top of butter toped filling in the same manner as bottom crust.

Seal the filling between the two layers of crust by rolling and folding the overhanging pastry together. Crimp pastry between thumb and first finger at an angle to pastry edge to create a decorative edge.

(An easier method is to press firmly with a fork evenly around entire plate edge and remove excess pastry overhang with a knife. Alas, this is the method I used, as in creating this Instructable, I allowed the pastry crust to dry out too much to make a decorative edge.)

Cut slits into top crust. Make sure these cuts are open by wiggling knife back and forth.

Line edges with strips of aluminum foil to prevent "excessive browning".

Step 8: Baking the pie......

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Place prepared pie into a preheated 425 degree oven. Bake for about 35 to 45 minutes. The crust should be browned and the juices bubbling through the slits in the top of the pie. Remove the aluminum strips covering the pie edge in the last 10 minutes of baking.

I like to put my pie on a cookie sheet. This way if my pie boils over it is a much easier mess to clean. Good deep wide slits should prevent these messes.

Step 9: Savor the flavor of summer.........

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Enjoy the flavors of summer. Nothing is better than homemade peach pie ala mode.................

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P.S. LInuxH4x0r loves pies, and "mom" could surely make good use of the cookbook. Before you know it, it would be stained with oils and berry juices......the sign of a loved cookbook!
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Michelle371 year ago

I made it and it was delicious! I never knew how easy it was to make a crust! I will never buy store bought shells again! Making it today for Memorial Day.

kmiller332 years ago
Loved the detailed instructions and pictures, and simple ingredients :) I made it in 4 ramekins, since it's just my husband and I, this way we can freeze them and just take out a portion at a time. Cooked for 25 minutes, turned out beautifully!!!
Fantastic. The crust consistently turns out very well.
lenora16 years ago
How many pies does this make?
favrewife6 years ago
My first time baking pies for thanksgiving and I was really skeptical about the crust, but it turned out really great. The crust was the easy part!
linuxmom (author)  favrewife6 years ago
Happy it all turn out well...can't say my first attempts at pie crusts were the best. Thanks for the comment
selly6 years ago
I'm making this pie today for the second time, and it's really the best pie I've ever tasted.. I'm from Holland and over here we don't know this gooey jummie delicious pies, and everyone who has tasted it, loved it.. So I just want to say thanks for sharing this great amazing recipe with us..
linuxmom (author)  selly6 years ago
Glad you enjoyed it....thanks for the comment.
endarthur6 years ago
Two last questions before plunging in the never-turn-back world of peach pie making: How much would those 8 peaches wheight, on average? Would using canned peaches be ok? Thanks again for everything, and congratulations on the win.
linuxmom (author)  endarthur6 years ago
-My original recipe states that 2 (29 0z) cans of peaches (drained) can be substituted for the fresh peaches. Try it and see, I've always used fresh. -Not sure on the weight........remember that depending on how full you like your pie filling to be, you can use anywhere from 6 - 12 peaches in a pie! (Maybe even more.....???) -Try Canida's suggestion and add a little ginger--sounds like it'd be great! Let me know how it goes. And I promise, in the pie making world practice makes perfect!
:(

Why must you tease me so? Presenting such a delicious, mouthwatering pie, knowing I can't have any?

*Grumbles about not being there to eat it, watery mouth, and growling stomach.*
linuxmom (author)  Spl1nt3rC3ll7 years ago
Ah, but look at it this way.........Feed a man a piece of pie, make him happy today. Teach him how to make pie, make him happy for a lifetime!
Wise words indeed!
linuxmom (author)  Spl1nt3rC3ll6 years ago
Voting starts tomorrow!
Good thing I found an internet cafe! *Sips hot chocolate.*
linuxmom (author)  Spl1nt3rC3ll6 years ago
What! No pie!
Actually, the place I'm at specializes in pie. I have a different piece of pie every time I come here! I'm actually eating pie right now! :D

Congrats on the win!
linuxmom (author)  Spl1nt3rC3ll6 years ago
Thanks..........if you find a really good one, ask for the recipe!
i am so very happy right now! now to make my mom bake that pie...
linuxmom (author)  AnarchistAsian6 years ago
Just offer to peel and slice the peaches......I love it when LinuxH4x0r and Tuxgirl help out.....
wow they're actually your kids?
linuxmom (author)  AnarchistAsian6 years ago
Wow, they are, aren't they? Children, it's almost time for blueberry pie!
yay, pie!
=( ,but not for me...
linuxmom (author)  AnarchistAsian6 years ago
A vote would be greatly appreciated!
righto!
zachninme7 years ago
Mmm! Looks tasty! The filling looks like it kinda fell apart, though. Have you tried adding something like petcin or even cornstarch to try to keep it solid? Still, I bet it tastes really awesome!
linuxmom (author)  zachninme6 years ago
Don't forget to vote!
linuxmom (author)  zachninme7 years ago
Thanks for the comment. It does that when it's fresh from the oven....it does set up better when cool. Think Grandma, (not Bakers Square)....warm, gooey, yummy comfort food!
LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
Hmm, I wonder if DHL ships refrigerated? I wish I was there! Not bad, but next time turn on all the lights (living, dining, and kitchen) and turn off the flash. You'll get the hang of it pretty soon (I've never used my minolta's flash)
linuxmom (author)  LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
It's so much easier when you're here.......... But it just makes me wonder how pies they make for a photo shoot for Gourmet magazine!
I'll show you how to take perfect pie pictures if you make me one when I get back.
linuxmom (author)  LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
Tell you what, son, when you come back I"ll make you a pie and we can post it, too!!! What's your craving....blueberry, apple, cherry or perhaps a Boston Cream Pie........??????
canida linuxmom6 years ago
Are you looking to adopt a few extra kids? I may need to add my name to the waiting list. ;)
linuxmom (author)  canida6 years ago
I love kids.........I was once called someone's "American Mom".........perhaps I could be your "instructable mom"???
i want instructable pie!
*puppy eyes* Please! I'd love to be eric's bro
linuxmom (author)  LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
How'd I know this was coming. LOL
linuxmom (author)  canida6 years ago
Any assistance in winning that Pie and Pastry Bible would be appreciated! Mom needs some new recipes!!
Yes, yes, yes, yes! All of them!
I voted, I think you owe me something in return if you catch my drift....
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