You Will Need:
- The Pie:
- About a dozen small fresh peaches
- 1 9" Deep-Dish
- The Custard
- An Egg
- 1 Cup of Heavy Cream
- 1.5 Tbsp Flour
- 1 Tsp Vanilla
- 2/3 Cup Sugar
- The Crumble
- 1/2 Cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 Cup brown sugar
- 1/4 Cup butter, melted but not "hot"
Now; this recipe is easy, but it takes time and love. If you're short on time, pick another pie; do NOT take shortcuts with this one! If you're short on "love," well, you should eat a slice of someone else's pie and then see a therapist... If you're ready, preheat your oven to 425, grab your cutting board, set out your frozen pie crust to thaw, and let's do this thing!
There is probably not another fruit in the world as complicated as a peach. If you were to pick 3 different peaches from the same tree on the same day, they'd all have a different flavor and texture. Canned peaches are consistent, but they don't really taste like fresh peaches, do they? Not even close! They taste like "peach syrup" or pectin or... I don't know, but they don't taste like fresh peaches, that's for sure.
homogeneous mixture that looks like beach sand. Slowly drizzle in the warm melted butter and keep whisking away until you have a nice brown crumbly mixture of heavenly goodness.
Now put the pie onto a cookie sheet (I line my sheets with a silicon sheet or with foil, to catch any spill-over), and send it into the middle of your 425 degree oven. Shut the door, and IMMEDIATELY drop the temperature to 350. This initial heat blast will help brown the top of the pie and the edges of the crust, without burning the custard later. Set your timer for 45 minutes and give the pie a "peek-a-loo!" It should be golden brown all over, and the middle should show a little bit of jiggle (but not too much) when you gently shake the corner of the cookie sheet.
Cool the pie for slicin' and you're ready to go. Some like whipping cream on this pie, but the custard is "cream heavy" so I think it stands alone! Either way, it's an awesome way to do a peach pie. When people ask you the secret? Just say, "I found some good peaches!"