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Bring on summer Peaches!

by: Tom Midford




The peach is believed to be Chinese in origin, but it spread through Asia and into Europe before being brought to the Americas by Spanish explorers, where it was growing in Mexico by 1600. Originally limited to the gardens of the aristocracy, the peach started to be commercially harvested in the 1900s in the United States of America. The first plants were seedlings that were prone to being low-quality and variable. The quality of these early peaches was improved by grafting superior strains onto seedling rootstocks, which led to the establishment of large commercial enterprises.







 


Two Crust Peach Pie

  • 1 (14.1 ounce) package pastry for a double-crust 9-inch pie

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 5 cups sliced peeled peaches

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1 Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  • Step 2 Line the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate with one pie crust. Lightly brush the crust with egg to prevent dough from becoming soggy later. Set the second crust aside.

  • Step 3 Place peaches in a large bowl, sprinkle with lemon juice, and mix gently. Mix together sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a separate bowl. Pour over peaches and mix until combined. Pour into pie crust and dot with butter.

  • Step 4 Cover with remaining pie crust and flute edges to seal or use a fork dipped in egg to press down edges. Brush remaining egg on top, then cut several slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape.

  • Step 5 Bake pie in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake until the crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through vents, 30 to 35 more minutes. If edges brown too fast, cover them with strips of aluminum foil about halfway through baking.

  • Step 6 Cool pie for 15 minutes before slicing.


 

Citations

Bernierone. “Peach Pie the Old Fashioned Two-Crust Way”. Allrecipes.https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/87979/peach-pie-the-old-fashioned-two-crust-way/. Accessed 9 May 2022.

Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. "peach". Encyclopedia Britannica, 26 Feb. 2020, https://www.britannica.com/plant/peach. Accessed 9 May 2022.


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