Nature’s candy in a pie

Posted: September 28th, 2009 | Author: adi | Filed under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »
I wanted more crust, right?

I wanted more crust, right?

Yes. That’s another pie. To boot, it’s even another peach pie. What makes this post new and exciting? It’s brought to you by roux. No way, roux in a pie? YES. ROUX IN A PIE. Roux in a pie solving my blueberry pie problem and cementing itself a place in my permanent repertoire.

If you recall, my blueberry pie was both watery and floury. It was the worst of both–thin and liquid and with a strong flour taste. What could be worse? The burnt crust, maybe. But, determined to produce pie perfection, I persevered.  My reward was a peach pie with a thick and flavorful sauce and a golden crust. I don’t want to gush too much, though, so this post will be short and sweet. My preening done, I’ll pass on my recipe:

  • Crust for a two-crust pie (see “Sweet Success“)
  • 5 cups peaches (roughly–I always estimate), sliced and peeled
  • 2 tbs. lemon juice
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tbs. butter
  • cinnamon & nutmeg to taste–I use more nutmeg than cinnamon but it’s up to you. 1/2 tsp. each is a good jumping-off point.

For the roux, I just melted the butter in a saucepan and added in the flour, cooking for…under a minute, anyway, at medium heat. I added that to the rest of the ingredients in a big bowl, and mixed it with my hands until the roux had melted the sugar and everything was smoothly incorporated and the peaches were covered. I can’t tell you how long I baked it, but it was at 425 until the peaches were tender and the crust was golden. It really depends on how ripe the peaches are.

Once the pie was done, I actually let it set up a bit this time, and served it with vanilla ice cream. Coming back for seconds, I was delighted to have to split the last piece with my aunt, and then have Matt ask if he couldn’t just have one more little bite of mine.

And that, I would say, is a compliment.

2 Comments on “Nature’s candy in a pie”

  1. 1 Johanna said at 12:45 pm on September 29th, 2009:

    23-Skiddoo!!! ROUX?!?!
    Adi, you are a goddamn GENIUS!!!! Screw arrowroot! You have just basically made my pie-baking skills about 10,000 times better!! :) You’re my hero. And a genius. One more time.

  2. 2 Alyssa said at 3:01 pm on October 9th, 2009:

    I would have NEVER thought of that, but it is a great solution…and just in time for pie season :)

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