Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Lattice Top Peach Pie
Why hello there. It's been a while if I'm not mistaken. A long while in fact. I could go into all of the reasons I took a break from blogging but frankly I just don't want to. I'd rather talk about pie.
Summer's bounty is waning fast. I find myself snatching up tomatoes and stone fruit in the market like there's no tomorrow. I'm just not ready for summer produce to fall out of season, I just haven't had enough of it yet. I made a lovely fresh corn soup that I spied on The Kitchen Sink Recipes the other day and have been obsessed with simple cherry tomato and basil sauce spooned over warm spaghetti noodles. I had a salad with arugula, fresh white peaches, pruscuitto, and goat cheese the other day and thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Summer produce is perfect really, and so fresh delicious it hardly requires cooking at all.
As the days get shorter and the nights cooler, I know summer fare will come to a close. And believe me, I welcome the fall vegetables and fruits that are to come. I'm excited for winter squash, persimmons, and Brussels sprouts. I can't wait for stews and braises and warm cups of hot cocoa. But it just feels like summer's gone by too quickly, that I haven't gotten my fill. I guess I'm just not ready for the seasons to turn, but ready or not I know there are only a few weeks left of enjoying summer's gifts.
While there's certainly no need to do much of anything to a farm fresh peach to enjoy it, peach pie is a treat. When I saw a recipe for stone fruit pie in Bon Appetit, I was completely smitten. I decided to get to work at once, and in the interest of using the ingredients I had, I nixed the plums and nectarines (though undoubtedly would have made for a delicious pie) and just used peaches instead. It's been a sort of summer project of mine to learn to make good pies and this lattice top peach pie was the culmination of my practice. It was to die for. The crust was flaky and buttery, the pie filling not to sweet but bright with pure peach flavor. Served with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, this pie couldn't taste more like summer to me.
For really easy instructions on how to make a lattice top pie crust, check out this slideshow from Bon Appetit. It seriously couldn't be any easier.