Introduction: Perfect Peach Pie

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!

Step 1: A Perfect Pie Begins With a Perfect Crust.........

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

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.....

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.........

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

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.........

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......

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.........

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

Please

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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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Michelle37 made it!(author)2014-05-26

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.

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kmiller33 made it!(author)2012-08-26

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!!!

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marooncorduroy made it!(author)2012-03-25

Fantastic. The crust consistently turns out very well.

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lenora1 made it!(author)2009-07-28

How many pies does this make?

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favrewife made it!(author)2008-11-28

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!

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-11-29

Happy it all turn out well...can't say my first attempts at pie crusts were the best. Thanks for the comment

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selly made it!(author)2008-10-06

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..

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-10-06

Glad you enjoyed it....thanks for the comment.

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endarthur made it!(author)2008-08-31

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.

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-09-03

-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!

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Spl1nt3rC3ll made it!(author)2008-08-03

:(

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.*

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-03

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!

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Spl1nt3rC3ll made it!(author)2008-08-04

Wise words indeed!

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-17

Voting starts tomorrow!

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Spl1nt3rC3ll made it!(author)2008-08-19

Good thing I found an internet cafe! *Sips hot chocolate.*

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-19

What! No pie!

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Spl1nt3rC3ll made it!(author)2008-08-22

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!

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-22

Thanks..........if you find a really good one, ask for the recipe!

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AnarchistAsian made it!(author)2008-08-18

i am so very happy right now! now to make my mom bake that pie...

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-18

Just offer to peel and slice the peaches......I love it when LinuxH4x0r and Tuxgirl help out.....

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AnarchistAsian made it!(author)2008-08-19

wow they're actually your kids?

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-19

Wow, they are, aren't they? Children, it's almost time for blueberry pie!

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AnarchistAsian made it!(author)2008-08-19

yay, pie!
=( ,but not for me...

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-20

A vote would be greatly appreciated!

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AnarchistAsian made it!(author)2008-08-20

righto!

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zachninme made it!(author)2008-08-03

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!

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-20

Don't forget to vote!

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-03

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!

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LinuxH4x0r made it!(author)2008-08-03

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)

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-04

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!

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LinuxH4x0r made it!(author)2008-08-04

I'll show you how to take perfect pie pictures if you make me one when I get back.

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-04

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........??????

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canida made it!(author)2008-08-19

Are you looking to adopt a few extra kids? I may need to add my name to the waiting list. ;)

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-19

I love kids.........I was once called someone's "American Mom".........perhaps I could be your "instructable mom"???

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AnarchistAsian made it!(author)2008-08-20

i want instructable pie!

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LinuxH4x0r made it!(author)2008-08-20

*puppy eyes* Please! I'd love to be eric's bro

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-20

How'd I know this was coming. LOL

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-20

Any assistance in winning that Pie and Pastry Bible would be appreciated! Mom needs some new recipes!!

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LinuxH4x0r made it!(author)2008-08-04

Yes, yes, yes, yes! All of them!

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LinuxH4x0r made it!(author)2008-08-18

I voted, I think you owe me something in return if you catch my drift....

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-18

Ah, but did you spam for your mom! And what about Tuxgirl?
P.S. I'll be baking JUST FOR YOU on Thursday! But what to put in it.......

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LinuxH4x0r made it!(author)2008-08-19

Ummm, thats not a nice word to use, besides I got lots of negative feedback on my comments in the chat room.
You know her password!

blueberries!

not many blackberries at the bagh this year :'(

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-19

Forgive me? *hangs head in shame while licking pie filling off fingers* The pie will have to stand on its own merits! By the way, despite the fact Tuxgirl and I share a few girl secrets, she does her own voting!

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endarthur made it!(author)2008-08-08

Thanks for the wonderful recipe, I'll be sure to try it as soon as possible, and anxiously wait for the next one. Thanks again, Arthur

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-17

Voting starts tomorrow.....any help would be appreciated, a new cookbook might lead to a new instructible :-)

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endarthur made it!(author)2008-08-18

You didn't had to mention the possibility of a new instructedible to get my vote. Now I can hardly wait for that... Good luck with the contest, though I'm pretty sure I'll be reading this new recipe soon!

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-08

Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for commenting.

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fake_faux made it!(author)2008-08-07

Mmm, mmm you got the crust just the way I like it - flakey. I will most definitely try your recipe, I like trying out new things. I agree with you that the only way to make a perfect pie is to make the pie crust from scratch. Yes, getting a pie crust to be that perfect flakey texture does take a little practice - but then you know, any excuse to make LOTS of pies. Your peach filling looks absolutely scrummy, I like its runny gooeyness - pie heaven.

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-17

Don't forget the voting starts tomorrow....your vote would be peachy!

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linuxmom made it!(author)2008-08-07

Thanks....just remember icy cold water! Hope you're in pie heaven soon!!

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