Wednesday, September 8, 2010

YUM! Uncooked Peach Pie [Update]


We had a few peaches that really needed to be eaten Monday, so I found a recipe online for something that Russ has always loved—uncooked Peach Pie.  It was delicious and I knew you’d want the recipe. 



3 c. peach slices
1 tbsp. lemon juice
3/4 c. sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. butter
Dash of salt
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1 baked 9-inch pastry shell

Combine peaches, sugar, lemon juice. Let stand 1 hour. Drain, measure 1 cup syrup (add water to make cup, if necessary). Add cornstarch and blend. Cook over low heat, stirring until thick. Remove from heat; add salt, butter and flavoring. Cool. Place peaches in baked shell. Pour cool sauce over them. Chill. Serve plain or with whipped cream or ice cream.

My changes:  First, I don’t have almond extract.  That is because at some point in my growing up life my mother bought a QUART of almond extract because she really liked it and it was a good deal.  And this meant that every thing we ever ate was flavored with a hefty dose of almond extract.  I know that I’m a grownup now, and I should really have some almond extract in my kitchen.  But seriously, I was scarred. 

In hind sight, I would have added a little vanilla to the sauce, but I didn’t and it was still yummy.  But how on earth can sugar and peaches and a little lemon juice and cornstarch not be delish???

Second, Russ is not (to my regret) a pastry kind of guy.  Give him a graham cracker crust every time.  So a graham cracker crust it was.   But next time I’m trying it with a pastry crust.  Just to see if it’s a good as I think it will be.

Third, I wasn’t sure I could pour the sauce over the peaches in any uniform kind of way because my sauce got pretty thick.  (Which is what happens when you’re boiling something in the microwave and not paying attention.)  I ended up waiting for the sauce to cool for a while, and then stirring it into my waiting peaches in their bowl; then I plopped the whole mess into the waiting pie crust and rearranged the peaches a bit to make it more equal.  It was not a beautiful pie, that is for sure.  But the people eating it did not seem to mind.

Last, I would totally disregard that 3 cups of sliced peaches thing, and go for more like 5 cups next time.  Of course I like peaches, yes I do…

***Like Katie, I have never been a fan of cooked peaches.  Mostly because a nice ripe peach is so terrific, cooking it seems kind of like a travesty.  But at the beach we made peach dumplings using the apple dumpling receipe here.  We served them with vanilla ice cream.  And they were DIVINE.  Cooked peaches and all.  Maybe even better than with the apples!


  1. Wow- That looks like exactly my kind of recipe- I've always been a little leery of cooked peaches. And now that we live in peach-land, I'm definitely going to have to try this!