Thursday, July 27, 2017

Peach Pie Recipe from Grandma Blodgett

I've posted this before... but it's peach season and this is the best peach pie I've ever made. 

My mother-in-law isn't a baker, but she had this pie and realized it had all the components I love in a pie... great taste, a blend of textures (flaky crust, delicious filling) and it wasn't soggy.

I don't like soggy crust.

I like that balance of crust to cream/fruit, etc. That's what makes pie so special to me, and this recipe has that wonderful balance so here it is... and while you're reading this, I'm at a Cleveland Indians game so that Farmer Dave can see Mike Trout play for the Los Angeles Angels... because he missed Trout in NYC. Trout was out on injuries and this is part of Dave's bucket list: To see a future hall-of-famer play. 

Now mind you, he's seen a lot of Hall of Fame guys play in the last ten years, but Trout's not on this side of the country very often, so off we go.... and this weekend our house fills with kids and grandkids for our annual "CousinPalooza" celebration... and this pie is on the menu!

Okay, here it is, as promised!  I can't believe I didn't post this a few weeks ago. We are to say NOTHING of Ruthy's memory lapses from this point forward, 'kay????



So here is the basic pic of recipe ingredients:

 Of course, you need pie crust so go HERE and use my Country Tearoom recipe that has won awards all over the place. I know this because the magazine said so a gazillion years ago when dinosaurs made pies.

Basic recipe with Ruthy flair:

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour
2 Tbsp. quick cooking tapioca
Dash salt  * Note for you purists.... Add it. Look at what Lindt has done for dark chocolate by adding a hint of sea salt???? Chocolate covered pretzels??? Delish, right? Trust me, adding incidental hints of salt and savory tastes will not (most likely) end the world. And it gives a background pizzazz.

1 1/4   cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon  or nutmeg or both (if desired)  It's great with or without the spices, but I love the scent and taste of fall.

Peel and slice 6-7 cups of fresh peaches, or use frozen peaches, thawed and drained

Combine all dry ingredients. Mix all but a tablespoon or two of the heavy cream with the vanilla. Save the extra bit of cream for brushing the top crust...  Add to sugar mixture.   Add peaches. Toss lightly. Let sit for 10-15 minutes while you do the crust.

Take two sections of pie crust, either fresh or frozen. Roll one out to fit a deep dish 9" pan. Don't roll top crust yet...

Once peach/sugar/cream mixture has sat a while and maybe you've had a cup of coffee or a glass of tea, roll that top crust out. Using a sharp knife or 'ruffle edge' cutter, make a bunch of 1" (one inch wide) ribbons of crust. To do a lattice crust, start in the middle of the pie with the longest pieces. You usually only use about 10-12 pieces of crust, and if you start in the middle, you can easily raise the piece below up enough to "weave" the next piece of crust. It's like making a potholder only more delicious than any stretchy cotton yarn I've ever eaten. And I've had my share!

Tuck the edges under, then flute the edge by pinching. Brush remaining cream over the pie crust and sprinkle with sugar. When the little boys help me sprinkle with sugar we get LOTS OF SUGAR.

They were nowhere to be found today, so we have NORMAL sugary sparkles!!!

I use aluminum foil strips to prevent the edges from over-browning. I'm fussy that way. I like them golden, not brown. But then, I like wimpy toast, too. Clearly, I'm a wuss.

Eat. Eat. Eat. Truly, this is by far the best peach pie I have ever eaten. I'm not a peach pie person, although I love peaches. I hate soggy pies. I get SO MAD when a pie crust is ruined by day 2 because the crust is soggy. Obviously I'm a little OCD when it comes to pie, but this pie????

Oh.... THIS PIE doesn't do that. It's just perfect, even several days in.

'Sall I'm sayin'.


  1. Ack, you're killing me!!!!! I love, adore, worship peach pie (except that sounds like I just broke a commandment).

    But last summer I started breaking out in what I thought were mosquito bites, but then I noticed they always happened after I had peaches or peach tea. I drank a lot of peach tea last summer.

    Soooo sad because peaches and nutmeg sounds like an amazing combination!

    1. This is one of my favorite pies because of how perfectly amazing it comes out! I love good pie... and good crust. I AM A PIE SNOB, CATE!!!!!!! :)

      I'm so sorry that peaches are making you react. Aren't food sensitivities so weird? Our bodies get very opinionated sometimes!!!!

  2. Oh, I'm so sad that Cate has a peach allergy now. That's horrible. I, however, do not and I think peach pie might just be my favourite pie...well, that and strawberry or rhubarb or cherry or...okay, I love pie. I think I'd pick it over cake any time but it's more work. I haven't made this recipe yet so I'm setting a goal to try it this summer. Peaches aren't quite ready here yet. Pretty soon though. Enjoy your baseballing, Ruthy!

    1. The game in Cleveland was wonderful, total baseball! Hot, sunny, surrounded by a group of funny men, I had to stand to see over them sometimes... but Dave and I had a great time!

      I love pie, too. Kav, I love it so much! :) It's like the best pastry ever, and if I keep some frozen "rounds" of crust in the freezer, I just thaw it, roll it, and make a filling.


      That makes it so much easier and the crust recipe makes four large crusts or five regular crusts. So I've usually got one or two tucked away.

  3. That is so beautiful. A work of art! I can tell you worked at a bakery. :)

    YUM! Thanks for sharing again. I need to get inspired to try it. Peaches have been coming in like crazy around here.

    1. Missy, it's a fave of mine and the fact that my mother-in-law tasted it and knew I'd love the recipe (because it wasn't soggy, it held up nice, even with the peaches-and-cream make-up) so she got it for me. And she was right!

  4. I love peaches! I remember the last time you shared this pie...I printed out the recipe...bought the peaches..... And then Life got in the way.

    Will I make it this year? My poor husband is still waiting for last Thanksgiving's pumpkin pie, so we'll have to see!

    1. I bought 40 huge cans of pumpkin when it went on sale at Sam's last December. We make pumpkin breads and muffins for the produce stand and they always reduce their stock after Thanksgiving and I happened to be there! :) But I hear you loud and clear. With so much going on, and life's fun changes, it's hard to get time... and then it's tough to NOT EAT this stuff when we're trying to eat healthy. And one pie with three people means two big slices each. So I hear you, my friend!