After X-Bike today, I decided to put on my big girl pants, ignore the fact that I was a sweaty disaster, and check out the Farmers Market just down the street from my gym that just recently started. Boy am I glad i packed my big girl pants (and had cash in the pockets!) because this market, although small, was off the hook with good stuff! Plus, the weather was *perfecto* for a nice cool-down shopping spree after my workout!
I ended up with some pretty good loot!
I picked up some sort of funny looking squash in the left corner (the man told me the name, but for the life of me I can’t remember), zucchini, pluots, asian pears (my FAVORITE! they are like a cross between an apple and pear…uber good!), nectarines and PEACHES!
The sort of “blemished” asian pear was gifted to me by the nice lady at the booth. She said that because it had the blemish, no one would buy it so I could have it…for free! Sweet!
After my excellente farmers market haul, I arrived home.starving. I quickly chopped up and devoured one of the blemished asian pears (un-pictured), but also threw together a quick and dirty veggie burger sandwich (with laughing cow, pineapple and BBQ sauce), and a white peach! I’m telling you, adding pineapple a “burger” to ANYTHING is BOMB!
It never fails that half my x-bike class I’m thinking about food (ok, who am i kidding…half my life i’m thinking about food). Ever since Jenna @ Eat Live Run posted her “Peachy Keen” pie the other day, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. I have no desire to EAT the pie, I just want to make it (is that weird, or what!?!???). I’ve never made a pie from scratch (isn’t that sad???) and really want to attempt this. After my major haul at farmers market (which featured many more un-pictured peaches), I knew that this weekend was officially going to be “Life is Peachy-Pie” weekend.
As you’ve gathered from the last few weekends, I enjoy baking. I like having a recipe to follow, step by step (which is also how i like life…lists galore!). I enjoy baking for others, most of all. Luckily, my family likes to test my recipes (and take most of the goods off my hands!). My dad now looks forward to not having to purchase his nightly desserts, and I enjoy people enjoying my efforts.
Although I followed Jenna’s recipe for the filling, I went with the tried and trusted crust recipe from my Mom’s cookbook. She was gifted this cookbook from her Mom when she got married back in 1973. When we perused the cookbook tonight, we noted that the copyright was 1947! I have no clue what cookbook this even was, since the Cover is clearly missing (and replaced with what I could put money on being *my* handwriting with the word “Cookbook” scribbled across the front!).
Clearly excellent meals were produced from this cookbook, as the cover is burnt, the pages are stained with various liquids and some are even torn out…all signs of a well used and loved cookbook, in my opinion (or signs of a frustrated young mother, ripping out pages of failed recipes….it could really go either way).
The crust recipe called for the following ingredients:
2c All Purpose Flour (plus a teeny extra for rolling the dough)
1/2 tbsp sugar
You will also need a good/funny movie to have playing in the background:
Step 1: Whisk the flour, salt, and sugar together in a medium size bowl.
Step 2: With a pastry blender(a fork will do), cut in the cold shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. **please use your imagination, as I did not picture this.**
Step 3: Drizzle 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water over flour. Toss mixture with a fork to moisten, adding more water a few drops at a time until the dough comes together.
**Please note the highlighter on the right…crucial to a nerdy accountant/step follower good baking.**
Step 4: Gently gather dough particles together into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 30 minutes before rolling.
Step 5: Roll out dough, and put in a pie plate.
Step 6: Gently scoop up the dough (using a spatula) and quickly place into the pie tin.
Step 7: Once dough is placed into the tin, gently shape the dough as desired
**apparently, according to google, this is actually called “fluting”. i prefer “poke and pinch”, thanks.**
Step 8: Score the dough, in order to allow steam from the pie to escape (ok, so this is technically for the top, but i am not sure why you score the bottom…just do it)
Step 9: Cut strips of dough to use after the pie is filled. You will notice the lack of strips i produced here…and you will see how this was remedied at the end! ;0)
For the filling, I followed Jenna’s recipe almost to a T. I accidentally skipped the fresh lemon juice (even though i made a special grocery store trip JUST for the darn lemons!)
The filling called for the following items:
3 peaches, sliced
1/4 cup sugar
1.5 tbsp cornstarch
juice of one lemon
dash of ground cinnamon
Step 1: Pre-heat oven @ 400 degrees, and bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove. Drop in the peaches and simmer for ten seconds. Remove peaches with a slotted spoon and peel back the skin. Rinse each peach under cold running water and then pat dry.
Step 2: Slice each peach in half, remove the pit, and then slice.
Step 3: Toss in a bowl with the sugar, cornstarch, lemon and cinnamon. Stir to combine and set aside.
Step 4: Prick the bottom of the dough with a fork (I did this during the “crust” portion) and then pour the peach filling in the dough. Set aside.
Step 5: Grab your other hunk of dough from the freezer and roll out. Cut into long ribbons with a pastry cutter (or just a knife) and weave on top of the pie. Cut extra dough off the sides and mush together with your fingers. Weave previously cut strips on top of filling….
As you may have noted when I cut the strips, I was lacking….Well, friends, what else can you do in a situation like this besides pull out the dino cookie cutter!? and that’s exactly what we did…
Step 6: Make an egg wash with one yolk and a little warm water and gently brush all over the top of the pie.
Step 7: Bake at 400 degrees for about 34 minutes or until golden.
I MADE MY FIRST HOMEMADE PIE, and it wasn’t a disaster!!!! I don’t know what has come over me lately, and why I have felt the need (and enjoyed) this whole “being domestic” nonsense…perhaps it’s all part of my quarter life crisis? he he he
What have you been baking lately!? Any *must try* recipes to share?
I hope you enjoyed this most recent “Recipe by Photos” post! I am off to go dream of pies…and dinosaurs.