You know that saying: Listen to your gut? On Saturday, I didn't and ended up with a disappointing mess of a peach pie (though a night in the refrigerator somewhat improved things).
It all began at the farmer's market, where I purchased some gorgeous peaches intending to make a peach cobbler for that night's barbecue. But after discovering that I had made (and written about) peach cobbler three times, decided to bake those beauties into a pie. I couldn't find a hand-written recipe in my collection, but I did find the next best thing: a clipped recipe from an old newspaper carefully glued to a recipe card.
The venture began well. I dropped the peaches (in batches) into boiling water for a minute or two, so as to loosen their skins . . .
which slipped off easily after running the fruit under some cold water.
I sliced the peaches and
after coating them with sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg, placed them in a pastry-lined pie pan.
And then, against every instinct I had, I followed the recipe and poured nearly one cup of cream mixed with a beaten egg over the peaches. Pie bakers know that one adds thickener (flour, tapioca, cornstarch, etc.) to fruit pies to absorb the juices released from fruit -- and here this recipe called for adding liquid, and a lot of it! Can anyone say counter-intuitive?
The liquid poured out of the shell faster than I could contain it. You can see below just a bit of the mess it created. I was too busy trying to stop the flood from reaching the floor to take more pictures, but you get the idea.
I couldn't serve the pie that night. It was still very warm from the oven, so I quickly made chocolate chip cupcakes with milk chocolate frosting (subject of a future post).
Even after a night cooling on the counter, the pie was still quite liquid-y inside. That didn't prevent me from eating quite a lot of it. And it had firmed up nicely after a night in the fridge. Still...
Production notes: Follow this recipe, but don't add any liquid!
Some of our barbecue guests holding the pie, which they didn't even get to sample.