I’ve been reading through the book A Gracious Plenty ~ Recipes and Recollections from the American South, which has been as pleasurable as a stroll through a favorite relative’s old scrapbook. I highly recommend it to you if you enjoy vintage Southern stories and recipes, as I do. There are many recipes in the book that I’d like to try in the near future, and as I do, I’ll be reporting on them to you.
This first recipe called out to be made because of the gracious plenty of peaches that I had purchased at the orchard last week. I made it and we all enjoyed it quite a lot.
from A Gracious Plenty ~ Recipes and Recollections from the American South
One 9″ pie shell, unbaked
1 cup sugar
1 TBS flour
1 TBS unsalted butter, melted
1 egg, well beaten
6 large (or 8 medium) peaches, peeled and sliced
Bake the pie shell at 450 degrees F for eight minutes. Lower the oven temp to 275. Combine the sugar, flour, and butter in a mixing bowl. Add the egg and mix well. Place the peaches in the pie crust. Pour the sugar mixture over the peaches. Bake at 275 for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. A crustiness forms over the top when done.
From the Kitchen Door
This pie had a really nice, fresh peach flavor. There were no added spices, so the peaches weren’t overshadowed by the taste of cinnamon or nutmeg, which may be preferred by some of you. However, if you like those spices, feel free to add them; it’d be a nice flavor in this pie. (I’m a cinnamon lover, myself!) The only issue I had was that I think I should have baked it even longer than the recipe specified, as I didn’t really get a crustiness on top, even after two hours. This may have been an issue with my own oven and the the true-ness of it’s temperature.
I think instead of using a round pie pan, next time I’d use a 9×9 square dish and line it with the pie pastry, and then after baking I’d dish it out more like a cobbler. (Pobbler?) 😉 This warm peachy pie needs to be accompanied by some vanilla ice cream, or for the more adventurous, perhaps some cinnamon ice cream, if you’re lucky enough to have access to some.