I think there are 2 very distinct camps when it comes to desserts. Team cake and team pie. I used to play for team cake. Chocolate with buttercream frosting, banana cake with chocolate frosting, and of course carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Somewhere along the line, I switched teams. Nowadays I am all about the pie.
As a kid I have serious memories of this one little diner my Pop-Pop would take me to, Fegleys. I think I need to mention I grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch country. They take baked goods seriously there people! This little diner had the widest assortment of fresh homemade pies every day. Apple pies, double crust, crumb and dutch apple. Every cream pie imaginable. Egg custard, raisin, blueberry, rhubarb, sour cherry, and my fave, cherry crumb… The food was good, but I think many came just for the pie. So much so, that when we sat and ordered our ‘usual’ ( hot roast beef sandwich with gravy and fries) we ordered our slice of pie WITH our dinner. If you took your chances and waited til you were done eating, your pie of choice might be all gone. We were not taking any chances.
Oh course as an adult, I married a man who dislikes cherries in all forms, so this cherry pie loving girl needed to find new pies to love. In autumn I am all about the double crust apple. Hubby likes it with a scoop of chocolate ice cream. No à la mode for me, I like my pie just as it is. My son loves toasted coconut cream pie. We do live in Maine, so blueberry pie is a must. My friend Diane makes the most heavenly chocolate cream pie on the planet. Those are all very good, but summer is never complete without 1 homemade peach pie. We have a super short growing season up here in the north. I have been searching for ripe peaches at our markets but none SMELLED like peaches. They have to smell like peaches for me. I was beginning to think this might be the summer without a peach pie. The horror! Lucky for me, just last week I traveled to PA. My dad and I went to market on Saturday and I was in search of peaches. I found plenty. I bought enough for a pie and wrapped them up and packed them in my car for our long drive home to Maine. I knew I needed to make the pie quickly, so I emailed my husband (who happens to be an awesome baker) and asked him to whip up a batch of our go to double crust recipe. (America’s Test Kitchen recipe. no fail crust. I promise.) He did, and had it balled and waiting for me in the refrigerator when I got home.
We are talking obsessions here all month long, this post covers a few of mine.
- PYREX – cannot get enough. colors, patterns, WANT! If I walk into a Goodwill and there is a pyrex bowl, there are very good chance that that bowl is coming home with me. Making this pie I used my favorite blue pyrex bowl and my pink pyrex pie plate.
- PIE – (nom nom nom) team pie represent!
- SUMMER – summer fruits, summer sun, summer everything. My summertime requires 1 fresh homemade peach pie. Now I can happily check it off my summer manifesto.
- PHOTOS of food, aka ‘food porn’. I love food photos. Especially messy, in the process of making something, food photos. My camera got a bit sticky and dusted with flour making this pie.
Seriously, look at the color of those peaches!!! Photographer’s and eater’s DREAM all in one. Pie is sexy, yes?
Erika once posted this on my Facebook wall, “When I think of you, I think of peach pie.” I like that. I dedicate this post, and this pie, to Erika. If only all the O+U girls could come over and share a slice with me, now that would be awesome.
Some day I will have a pie potluck party, everyone is invited, all you need to get in is one fresh-baked pie, then we eat! Now that’s my kind of party.
One more little obsession, this song… about peaches… I can’t help myself.