Baking | My First Pie!

It’s been far too long since I wrote a baking post. So long, in fact, that if you’re new here you  probably wouldn’t know that it’s one of my favourite things to do! I tend to take a little baking break in the summer because I never want to turn my oven on in the heat. Anyways, now that school’s in again I’ve turned back to one of my favourite ways of de-stressing (and procrastinating) – baking!

Yesterday I went to the grocery store to pick up some snacks for my long day of studying at the library. I left without snacks, with about 8 peaches and a pie tin. Earlier that day I had finished watching Pushing Daisies (for the second time, I’m still just as devastated as the first). FYI – Pushing Daisies is a television series and an excellent one at that. It’s not on Netflix but if you take the time to find it online I assure you, you won’t regret it. The main character in the show is the ‘Pie Maker’ (Lee Pace – he a cutie), and one of the main settings his is pie shop – The Pie Hole. The show is quirky and adorable and 100% what inspired me to bake my first pie.

I have always avoided pies because they were too high maintenance. For some reason anything that needed a crust dough to be made was a big no for  me. I made jam tarts and butter tarts last Christmas for my holiday party, but the crust was so finicky and not at all flaky so I haven’t attempted again since.

Now – peaches are my favourite fruit, I love them. When I saw them at the store yesterday, I realised their prices were going up (no longer in season) and I thought “You just gotta do it Sabrina”, so I did it. And it was not easy.

Pie Crust 

I made two batches of this recipe (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/24094/butter-flaky-pie-crust/) from All Recipes -one for the bottom, one for the lattice strip top, and I followed this pie crust baking advice of another blogger (http://www.pastryaffair.com/blog/perfect-pie-crust). That blog post made the process a lot less stressful and a lot less confusing than I thought it would be. It still didn’t go completely smoothly, one of my batches was a lot more watery than the other, but they both turned out fine in the end. Since it was my first time baking, I left a lot of room for mistakes and trial and error on purpose. I baked one batch using half shortening, half butter just to see the difference it made compared to the other batch which was all butter. It was supposed to be a learning experience, not turn out perfectly, but it ended up being a bit of both!

Peach Pie Filling

I picked a peach pie filling recipe based off of the ingredients that I had at home. I had to find one that didn’t use canned peaches so I ended up with “Mama Thornton’s Peach Pie” recipe from the Food Network. You can see it here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-thornton/mama-thorntons-peach-pie-recipe.html.It’s a pretty straight forward recipe, but I had to peel my peaches first since I decided to bake it entirely from scratch (silly me). A quick google search taught me that to peel peaches you just make very shallow cuts on the skin, and boil them (on a simmer) until the skin starts breaking a bit, then throw them in an “ice bath” to stop the cooking process, then slip the skin off. I didn’t boil mine long enough and ended up having to shave the skin off with a knife most of the time; only one of the 8 peaches actually worked out. BUT the boiling did soften the peach a LOT which made peeling easier, but slicing harder. A lot of my slices were mushy from trying to get them off the core, but I wasn’t overly concerned as it’s all going in the same place and doesn’t affect the taste. The rest of the recipe went smoothly, I did forget to add the butter (stupid me!), but it didn’t make it taste off at all. In fact, I didn’t even remember that I was supposed to add butter until the morning after I made it!

Topping and Baking the Pie

I topped the pie with a lattice strip top – following the directions at Simply Recipes here: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_a_lattice_top_for_a_pie_crust/. It was a lot easier than the final product looks, and it makes it look so cute and homemade. I then topped it with egg wash and sprinkled some sugar on top then popped it in the oven according to Mama Thornton’s directions. I did have to pull it out after about half an hour to cover the rim with aluminum foil just to stop it from burning, but I think that’s more my oven’s fault than anything – it tends to be a bit warmer in the back so I covered the rim and turned it around to stop any burning from happening.

Finished Product! 

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It’s not the prettiest looking pie, it certainly looks homemade, but it tastes that way too! I’m not one for baked fruit but I found it yummier than most, and it’s had nothing but compliments from everyone who’s had a slice (THANKS GUYS!). I only hope that my next pie looks a lil prettier.

xx Sabrina

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7 Responses to Baking | My First Pie!

  1. This looks so delicious! Yum!

    Would love for you to check out my blog xx

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  2. livilovessite says:

    That looks so nice!

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  3. fromdreamtoplan says:

    It looks so tasty!! Well done! 🙂

    Lisa | http://www.fromdreamtoplan.net/

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