We have been exploring recipe reinventions of classic summertime desserts including blueberry pie and strawberry shortcake and now we broache the subject of peach pie. This Southern native is as traditional as it gets. Juicy summer peaches are combined with a little bit of cinnamon and sugar before being tucked into a homemade pie crust. While you can certainly cover your pie with an unadorned top crust, there is something quaint and inviting about the lattice crust. It allows the diner to see the peach slices peaking through the weaved crust.
There is some debate whether to peel peaches or not before baking a peach pie but I say it's necessary. The skin can sometimes be tough against the flesh and, for me, cause an undesirable textural contrast. Yes, it's an extra step in the cooking process but, in my opinion, well worth the effort. You can read on how to peel a peach here. If you take one thing away from this article, it's that you should play with your food. The old stand-bys will always be there so why not try something new?
You can't reinterpret a classic without knowing it's roots. This Southern peach pie is one of the best of them. If you want the true peach pie experience, prepare your own homemade pie dough and pick the freshest peaches you can get your hands on.
Ricotta peach pie is the ideal traveling dessert. You won't have to worry about fruity filling oozing out the sides or crumbling pie crust while you're on the road. This version of peach pie is closer to a cheesecake and great for picnics, potlucks, and other outdoor gatherings.
Peach pie bars are the quick and easy version of the sweet Southern classic. The secret ingredient, besides really good peaches, is a splash of orange blossom water. The flavor of the orange blossom water is barely detectable but adds a special "umph" to the filling.
We've discussed crostata plenty of times on the blog. Essentially this free formed Italian pie is great when you have only one pie crust on hand and don't want to worry about fitting the dough on a pie plates or crimping it.
If you're not quite ready to deviate completely from traditional peach pie, this mango peach pie is a good place to start. The fresh mangoes add a tropical undertone without overpowering the summer stone fruit.