Wednesday, October 5, 2011

millions of peaches...

File:Peaches single.jpg*um, an update of sorts.  this post is from THREE YEARS AGO!  i always wonder what happened to it when i'm hunting that recipe.  i just saw it with the word "draft" next to it in my blogger app.  hmmm...  so weird.  anyway, enjoy!*

...peaches for free.  anyone remember that song?  loved that band and have some fun memories of riding around in my best friend's Cutlass, listening to Presidents of the United States of America on a tape player.  

so, fast forward to these days, and i'm reminded of that song when my new friend Christina (also just moved here from Charleston, but i only met her once there--our husbands worked together and both transferred out here this summer) invited me over to help rescue what seemed like millions of peaches from a branch that had fallen from the peach tree in her new backyard.  i'm excited to have her here and really enjoy her company so i was thrilled to head over and visit.  when she opened the door to let me in, she began singing that song.  *grin*  we're going to get along really well.  

i left with a plastic grocery bag bulging with peaches and headed straight to my kitchen.  i had a pie in mind!  i found a ridiculously easy pie crust recipe a couple of months ago and had tried it once with success.  hand picked peaches and scratch-made pie crust?  yes please!  so i blanched, peeled, sliced and baked and ended up with this yumminess.  just in time for my first in-law visit, by the way.  good times!

the crust is so easy!  y'all, you mix it in the pie dish and bake it right away.  there is no chilling, no butter, no waiting.  i love a great, time-cosuming crust, but this one is great when you get a sudden craving and NEED a pie TONIGHT for dessert (or with lunch?)!  you can use olive oil and a little less salt/more sugar for a savory-ish crust, or leave it as is if you'd like.  i've also linked to the recipe above so you can  see recommendations and suggestions.  enjoy!
i found a recipe online for a rhubarb pie a few summers ago, and have NO idea where i found it, but i scribbled it down on a post-it and have used it every time i want a pie.  i usually use peaches & blackberries instead of rhubarb (i can never find it!) and keep the rest of the ingredients the same. i think it works out well.  

the easiest pie crust in the world
here they are if you'd like to try:

the crust:

1 1/2 C all purpose flour
2 T sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 C vegetable oil
2 T milk

mix all in a pie dish, then pat and poke across the bottom
and up the sides of the dish.  bake at 400 for 15 minutes.

peach filling

the filling:
4 C rhubard (or other fruit--
i've used peach/blackberry mix 
and just peaches before)
1 1/3 C honey
7 T flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp butter

mix the first four ingredients in a bowl, 
then pour into prepared crust.  
bake at 450 for 10 minutes, 
then put the butter on top and 
continue baking at 350 for 50 minutes.  

backyard peaches + scratch crust = fabulousness
and there you have it!  my first dessert for my in-laws.  they said they liked it!  *wink*