Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Peach Schnapps Peach Pie

It's summer which means it's peach season! It also means that Fathers Day occurs and you know what? My dad's birthday is right around Father's Day. (Just like my mom's bday is near Mothers Day.) Since I wrote a post about her, I figured it was time to send some love my dad's way.
 
Unlike me, my dad enjoys a fruit dessert over a chocolate dessert. So, in honor of his birthday I decided that I should make a fruit pie. Since he lives hundred of miles away from me, he'll just get the pictures instead of tasting it (but I know he would have loved this!)  
 
More about my dad: He knows a fair amount about fruit since HIS dad had such a green thumb in Florida. In fact, I bet my dad knows what the inside of a peach pit looks like. I didn't until I made this pie. I was so surprised to even have a peach pit split on me while preparing the peaches! Look! It looks like an almond!
Speaking of peaches, my dad also let me know when I was 8 that the peach pits I planted in the back yard were NOT going to grow into peach trees. Um...well...maybe I was just composting early in life. Yeah.
 
My dad was also a great supporter of playing basketball. On game day when I was in high school, my dad would make my brown bag lunch and write on the outside "Rebound!" or "Go get 'em!" or "Square up!" Having those on my paper bag was better than all the cheering from the stands.

Another interesting thing to note about my dad is that he's a pastor. Yep! That makes me a pastor's daughter. *dun dun duuun* Along with raising me in the Christian faith he also taught me AWESOME things like, "The only one who can allow yourself to get angry is you." (I remember him telling me that while I was very young and super upset about something my silly brothers had done. What a gem of wisdom for a kid!)

Thank goodness he never preached that cleanliness was next to godliness. Because, well, um...you see...when I was making the pie crust...well...
 (Close Up)
It wasn't my fault. This pie crust attacked me. Yeah...

Ok. Back to prettier pictures...
Making this peach pie was quite time consuming, but also fun. Next time I'm in TX I'll have to make it for my super awesome dad. We can sit and play board games while eating this dessert (with a scoop of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream, of course!)
Peach Schnapps Peach Pie (adapted from allrecipes.com)
Ingredients
6 fresh peaches - peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges
1/4 cup honey
2 fluid ounces peach schnapps, or more to taste (I used 3oz)
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Pie crust (recipe below)

Directions
1.Place the peaches, honey, and peach schnapps into a saucepan over medium heat, and cook until the peaches are softened and the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Stir in sugar and cinnamon until combined. Stir in the flour, and bring the mixture back to a simmer. Simmer until the flour has thickened the filling, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat, transfer filling to a container, and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

2.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

3.Stretch bottom pie crust into a 9 1/2-inch pie pan; cut some of the remainder of the crust into 1-inch wide strips. Spread the peach filling evenly into the bottom crust, and make a lattice crust from the strips, weaving the strips over and under each other. Pinch strips to the bottom crust at both ends.

4.Bake the pie in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, then remove and put a sheet of aluminum foil ligfhtly over the top of the pie (then the crust won't burn). Return to oven and bake until top crust is golden brown, about 30 more minutes. Cool on wire rack at least 2 hours before serving to allow pie filling to set up.

Never Fail Pie Crust (from My Mom's Best Recipe Book)
1 heaping t baking powder
1 t salt
5 1/2 C flour
Mix together

Mix 1 lb (2C) lard (Crisco) into flour mixture until crumbly

Put 1 egg in 1 C measuring cup; beat with fork. Add 1 t vinegar and fill cup with cold water. Mix well and mix with flour mixture. Dough can be frozen.

Makes 3 pie crusts

Can use combo of lard and Crisco (1 C of each.)
Bake well and prosper!

7 comments:

  1. Gosh, that totally looks like an almond, is it edible?
    I'm sure that was a pie to make your dad proud, it looks gorgeous daaaahling.
    *kisses* HH

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  2. I really enjoy your humor about your "pie crust attack"...

    This pie looks so lovely. If it will be nice if Dad can receive this pie via Fed Ex...poor Dad can only drool at this delicious pie. LOL.

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  3. haha didn't know you're a pk!
    your dad sounds pretty awesome with the writings on the paper bag and the passing down of wisdoms! :D
    its also amazing how the pit looks identical to an almond...freaky stuff! this delicious pie looks like a bit of sunshine which i need in my life this winter!

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  4. Erika this look delicious Love make pies!
    and I have your same plates!! First time I seen in blogger, LOL, I used all the time. gloria

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  5. Mmm this pie looks and sounds gorgeous! Love the schnapps ;p

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  6. I made the filling this afternoon, it's all I can do to not eat it all right now. Thank you for sharing this. I'm making it as a gift for my father in law, I know he'll love and enjoy it.

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  7. Laura, What a great gift for your father-in-law. I was JUST telling my friend about this recipe earlier today and started drooling just thinking about the filling. Nice!

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