August is National Peach Month

Juicy, fuzzy, and ever so sweet! Yes, I’m talking about the delicious peach! August is National Peach Month. Did you know that peaches date all the way back to 1000 b.c. China? Through the centuries it has made its way to Persia, Greece, and Europe via the silk road. However, it was the Spaniards who brought peaches to the Americas where the fruit became immensely popular. Believe it or not, National Peach Month was proclaimed a national holiday in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan. Today, versatile peaches are used in a variety of dishes and drinks. To me, nothing says peaches better than Peach Pie, so, today, I selected a delicious recipe for Georgia Peach Pie that can be served at your restaurant using ingredients already in your pantry.

Georgia Peach Pie

Ingredients:

CRUST

  1. 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 teaspoons sugar
  3. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 stick (4 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  5. 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (4 ounces) cold solid vegetable shortening
  6. 1/2 cup ice water

FILLING

  1. 8 large, ripe but firm peaches (3 1/2 pounds)
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  4. 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  5. 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, thinly sliced
  6. Egg wash made with 1 egg yolk mixed with 2 tablespoons water
  7. Bourbon Whipped Cream, for serving*

Directions:

  1. PREPARE THE CRUST In a Waring 2 1/2 Qt Food Processor, pulse the flour with the sugar and salt until combined. Add the butter and shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and sprinkle the ice water on top. Stir with a fork until a crumbly dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and knead 2 or 3 times, just until the dough comes together. Cut the dough in half and form into 2 disks; wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each disk of dough to a 12-inch round. Ease one of the rounds into a 9-inch glass pie plate and transfer the other round to a baking sheet. Refrigerate the dough.
  3. MAKE THE FILLING Preheat your Blodgett Double Decker Gas Oven to 400°. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and fill a large bowl with ice water. Using a sharp knife, mark a shallow X in the bottom of each peach. Blanch the peaches in the boiling water for about 1 minute, until the skins begin to loosen. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the peaches to the ice water to cool. Drain and peel the peaches and cut them into 3/4-inch wedges. Transfer the peaches to a large bowl. Add the sugar, lemon juice and flour, toss well and let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour the peaches and their juices into the chilled pie shell and scatter the butter slices on top. Brush the edge of the pie shell with the egg wash and lay the round of dough from the baking sheet on top. Press the edges of the pie shell together to seal and trim the overhang to a 1/2 inch. Fold the edge of the pie dough under itself and crimp decoratively. Brush the remaining egg wash on the top crust and cut a few slits for venting steam.
  5. Transfer the pie to the oven and place a baking sheet in the bottom to catch any drips. Bake for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°, cover the edge of the pie with foil and bake for about 40 minutes longer, until the filling is bubbling and the crust is deeply golden on the top and bottom. Transfer the pie to a rack to cool completely. Serve with Bourbon Whipped Cream.
  6. For evenly sliced pies, use an 8-slice pie marker.
* Bourbon Whipped Cream:

  1. 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
  2. 1 tablespoon bourbon
  3. 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  4. 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Using an immersion mixer, beat all of the ingredients together in a large bowl until the cream is softly whipped. Serve.

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