Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Georgia Peach Pie with Amaretto Cream

This has been a wonderful end of summer vacation. It's been nice to see my brother and his family and hang out. We have played Phase10 quite a bit. We all enjoyed the Knoxville Zoo and the Aquarium in Chattanouga. There is so much to see in Tennessee.

Being down in TN means having a few Southern comforts. Peaches would be one of those comforts, Georgia peaches. We hit the mother load. At a farm stand we picked up firm, ripe peaches that were bursting with peachy flavor. Everything about them was perfect. I made some of my peach amaretto jam, leaving a few behind and I just had to make peach pie. Especially after my brother asked for pie. How often do you get to make something nice for a special brother?


8 large ripe, firm peaches
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup plus1 tablespoon flour
1 1/2 tablespoons butter

pie crust:

1 tsp salt

2/3 cup ice water
3 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
1 cup plus 5 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

In a bowl combine salt and flour. With a pastry blender or a fork, mix butter into flour. Keep cutting up the butter with the fork until the flour and butter look like a coarse meal. It's okay if there are some pieces of butter that area little larger (you actually want that). Slowly add the water and mix, until the dough starts to come together, but is not completely smooth.

Lay down a piece of plastic and transfer half of the dough to the plastic wrap. Pull up sides and form into a disk. Chill for at least an hour or up to overnight.


Place peaches in boiling water for just a minute or so to loosen the skin. Peel peaches and cut into eighths. Sprinkle with the sugar and lemon juice. Gently stir in the flour.

Preheat oven to 400F. Roll pie crusts out to fit one large pie pan or two small ones. Pour peach filling over crust. Dot with butter. After rolling out the remaining dough, cut into strips to make a lattice. Weave the lattice making a weaved pattern over top of peach filling. If desired brush with an egg wash and if desired sprinkle with sugar (egg yolk, plus 2 tablespoons water).

Bake at 400 F for about 20 minutes for smaller pies and 30 minutes for a large pie. Reduce the oven temperature to 375F and bake for about 20 to 40 minutes more, depending on their size. You want the crust to be golden.

Amaretto Whipped Topping

1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon Amaretto liquor

In a large cold bowl, combine sugar and cream. Whip the cream until it thickens. Add the liquor and continue to whip until firm peaks form.

Here are a few pics I would like to share with you.

A butterfly that thought my 3 year olds hands had something sweet on it- probably it did.
I have never seen a green butterfly.

My daughters new love. How could you not fall in love with those beautiful, big eyes. She only has three legs but never let's it stop her which makes her that much more endearing!
Figs! I picked figs. Made fig chutney but accidentally left it all in TN. Boo hoo.
A view of the river.


Selba said...

I like the aroma of amaretto.

Awwww... the dog looks so cute! 3 legs? What happened? I wish I could hug and pat the head :)

Grace said...

the pup is a cutie-patootie, and the pie's a looker, too. it's great enough on its own, but that cream sounds outstanding!

The Blonde Duck said...

Pie is always grand.

My site is on there, under my Web Page on the side. Blogger won't let me add another blog with the same name...but I'll try again.

Mary said...

The pie sounds fantabulous! I'm so glad you are enjoying your vacation. I hope you are wringing all that can be had from these last days of summer.

Indigo said...

Amaretto cream, asfdndskjfn yum. And I love all these pictures - especially the puppy, I'm such a dog person. And somehow only three legs makes it all the cuter.. <3

Ingrid said...

I've got peaches that are going to be past their prime soon. Pie is a good way to use 'em up.

Nice vacation photos!

Elra said...

Hi Lori, that green butterfly is gorgeous. What a pretty peach pie you have here. Love the amaretto in there.

Chow and Chatter said...

wow Lori I always love your cooking this pie is great and great pics of the butterflies so pleased your having fun with your family

Anonymous said...

What beautiful butterflies. We have nothing like them here in Scotland. Too much rain I expect. LOL

Katy ~ said...

Peach pie just warms the cuckolds of my little heart. I'll wager that amaretto cream is something else, amps up the WOW factor!

And don't I just love fur babies! Love them all.

Your nature pictures make me wistful at the waning days of summer....

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

YUM! What a great peach pie. I do wish it were peach season again. Love the amaretto topping. WOW!

The Blonde Duck said...

Let me know if it's easier for you!

Debbie said...

Such nice pics. I've never seen a green butterfly either! Very cute dog too!

Shelly said...

Oh. My. Goodness!
That sounds so good right now ;)

Lori said...

Selba- I guess she lost her leg to a car. But she is not aware that anything is different- doesn't stop her one bit. She is such a sweet little thing.

I know that I do not have a picture of the cream. It all went so fast. There was the pie, there was the cream... gone. Just like that.

Chow and Chatter said...

Hi Lori, I have left an award for you on my blog rebecca

kat said...

OMG that pie!

The Food Librarian said...

That pie looks fantastic! Love it. And your photos just scream Summer Fun!