Peach Pie
Posted: 09 July 2012 05:49 PM   [ Ignore ]
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This is, more or less, Rose’s peach pie, which is amazing, despite my little “newbie” problems.  The balance of flavors, and the lack of spice that allows the peaches to shine, make this the quintessential filling.

As you can see, there are bottom crust problems and filling firmness problems—both my fault.  The crust deformed a little, too, for whatever reason (not that I care about that).

Filling Firmness Problems - My peaches were very ripe, so I was afraid to bake them, and I decided to go open faced (blind baked crust coated with white chocolate, cooked filling added).  I followed the peach instructions (mascerating, reducing, etc.).  I was going to thicken and then add the peaches to the final thickened “binder,” but the juices were so caramelized, I added the peaches and then their additional juice they let off while I was reducing the other juices—about another 1/2 cup!—mixed with the corn starch.  I forgot that you’re supposed to “stir constantly” at this point (while waiting for and during the corn starch thickening phase), so a lot of my thickener was still on the bottom of the pan when I added the peaches to the crust.  Thus, it flowed a bit.

Bottom Crust Problems (soggy) - Obviously, the above contributed greatly.  Plus, I tried the cheesecloth method between my rice and crust, but the cheesecloth stuck to the crust and pulled it up in parts, particularly center bottom, so my crust was quite thin in parts.

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Technique Notes

Rolling the Crust - I thought I’d try rolling on my lightly Wondra-ed counter with plastic wrap only on top of the lightly Wondra-ed dough, but it was still too fussy.  I went for the simple formica counter + rolling pin method, and the thing rolled out perfectly in less than a minute. I gave a quarter turn after each roll, and used my offset spatula to lift it when it stuck a little.  This was all hubby’s idea, and it worked perfectly.  “That’s how my mother did it, anyway,” he said.

Blind Baking the Crust - Hubby said his mother just forked it and popped it in the oven with nothing in it.  I cast a jaundiced eye at this, but then, after being unhappy with both coffee filter and cheesecloth, I asked around.  I asked an accomplished baker here at work, my sister and my mother, “What do you put between your rice or beans and your crust when you blind-bake,” and they said they don’t put anything between them because they don’t put anything in it.  So, that’s my plan for the next pie, which will be in the fall.

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Posted: 10 July 2012 09:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Anne, your pie looks delicious!  From the look of the sliced pie, I think the amount of flow is about right- just a little.  If you use enough cornstarch to slice perfectly, it can dull the fruit flavor a bit.

Looks like you’ve found a rolling method that works, and also solved your issue with the overbrowning edges- well done!

re: blind baking without weights- don’t try it for a tart pan!  And maybe consider putting the pie crust in the freezer before blind baking to help it hold its shape.

Not sure I see the deformation of the crust that you mention- it looks great!  With the baking powder in the crust formula there’s almost always a softening of the edge design, but that makes it lighter and seems flakier, so the priority is on eating rather than looks.  Sometimes I leave it out if I’m doing leaves or detailed cut-outs for a pie that will be served to guests, but for a family pie I always use the bp.

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Posted: 10 July 2012 09:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Problems on the side, pie looks wonderful and juicy. Me as amateur in cooking i would not notice all this problems you said!

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Posted: 10 July 2012 11:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I second everything Cookie Monster said! Your pie looks really yummy.

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Posted: 11 July 2012 10:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thank you, everyone!  The flavor of the filling was amazing and, of course, Rose’s Flaky Cream Cheese Pie Crust is fabulous.  It’s almost gilding the lilly putting anything into it!!!

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