"TO DIE FOR" PEACH PIE
CRUST FOR 9-INCH PIE
(An old family friend passed on this recipe to us. Don't be intimidated by the vinegar--it works like a dream in this pie crust, which tastes especially good with very sweet fruit fillings.)
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of Crisco vegetable shortening
1 1/2 tsp. of sugar
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 cup of milk
2 tbsp. of white vinegar
Using a pastry blender or two blunt knives, cut the shortening into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Shake in sugar and salt, mix some more to combine. Moisten with milk and vinegar last, then knead about 10 minutes until you have a moist ball of dough. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate until needed. You can make the dough in advance.
6-7 ripe medium to large yellow peaches
3/4 cup of sugar (you can reduce amount to 2/3 cup if your fruit is very sweet)
1/3 cup flour
3 tbsp. butter or margarine
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. almond extract (optional)
2 tbsp. lemon juice
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Peel, pit, and slice peaches into thin wedges. Add flour, sugar, butter, lemon juice, and stir until peach slices are coated. Add spices, stir until combined.
Cut the dough for the crust into two roughly equal halves. Roll out separately on floured surface to avoid sticking. Line a 9-inch pie dish with one crust, pricking the bottom with tines of a fork for ventilation. Pour in filling, spread evenly in dish.
You can place the top crust over the pie, pinching the edges of the two crusts together and cutting slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape. Or you can make a lattice top, cutting strips of dough--whether thick or thin--and laying them crosswise over the filling. (I tend to make mine with a lattice top because it's prettier.)
Cover a baking sheet with foil, place pie on baking sheet, and bake for 35-45 minutes or until crust is golden-brown and the fruit bubbling. Remove from oven and let cool for at least half an hour before serving.
Preferences vary, but this pie is delicious either warm or cold, a la mode or plain. Enjoy!