A few days ago, my daughter's best friend phoned me; she was in town on break from medical school, and would I like to come to her parents' house for a little dinner party? Of course I would, and could I bring anything? "Oh, no; my father is cooking Persian food so we're all set." My translation: Mediterranean food likes fruit for dessert, so how about a pie?
Now, the original recipe calls for you to peel, pit and slice fresh peaches. That's so much fun that I decided to leave that task for some other person, and just used frozen. I also changed the spices a little to suit my tastes. Oh, and I also doubled the recipe, so we would have a pie at home. No sense disappointing the boys, now is there?
1 batch of the Best Pie Crust Ever, for 2 crusts (see sidebar for link)
About 2 pounds of peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced (or frozen, if you're like me)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp flour
2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of kosher salt
1 tsp almond extract
Preheat the oven to 425F. Stir together the peaches, sugars, salt, cinnamon and almond extract. Sprinkle the flour on top and stir in well. Scoop the mixture into a pie crust, and spread it out evenly. Gently lay the second crust over the top of the fruit, trim the excess crust off the edges and crimp the crusts together. Cut 5 or 6 long slits in the crust for ventilation; then brush whipping cream lightly over the top of the crust and sprinkle turbinado (sanding) sugar over the top. Bake at 425F for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375F (don't open the oven door), and continue baking for 35 to 40 minutes.
Note: Don't be a dope like me! Put your pie on a baking sheet so the filling doesn't boil over onto the bottom of your oven, set off your fire alarms, and have the alarm company calling to ask you if everything is OK, or if you need the fire department. It makes the whole baking experience less than fun.
This pie was a great hit at the dinner party; the honoree's brother in law is a chef, and teaches at a culinary institute, and he quizzed me about my pie crust because it was so good. Everyone else raved about the filling. So I guess this recipe is a keeper. (And of course I forgot to take a picture of the cut pie. It happens.)
Happy Monday, everyone!