Sunday, August 2, 2015

Peach, Nectarine, and Plum Pie

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This is my favorite pie, and basically the only fruit pie I make. A crispy, flaky, super rich all butter crust with a sunset of colorful peaches, nectarines, and plums inside. A few summers ago, I made it for my parents, and my dad said it was the best pie he’d ever eaten. That’s a pretty big compliment, because the man loved desserts. I got his sweet tooth, and my mom’s taco tooth.  
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We were never really a summer pie family. We had fresh strawberry pie in the spring, and pumpkin, pecan, and huckleberry at Thanksgiving. And my dad usually made an apple pie, with meticulously thin sliced apples, once every fall or winter. But our summers were 100 degrees without AC, not ideal baking conditions. Very ideal ice cream and swimming conditions. Suffice it to say, I didn’t have a whole lot of experience with summer fruit pies. Until a few years ago, I could probably count on one hand the number of times I’d eaten peach pie. But now I think there’s nothing better.
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This pie, my go-to, is basically the stone fruit pie from a 2011 issue of Bon Appetit, plus Smitten Kitchen’s glorious all-butter crust. It’s a pie worth turning on the oven, even when it’s 90 degrees in Seattle. Even if you don’t have AC. 
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It’s also a little tribute to my dad, who’s been gone one year this month. I thought of him the whole time I was making this pie. I think about him with each beautiful sunset, every weird joke, every time I hear wind chimes or the Rolling Stones, with every old Subaru wagon I see, every time I turn off a light to save a salmon, and all the times lately that I've caught myself walking his walk. I think of him, and miss him, every single day. 
Peach, Nectarine, and Plum Pie // Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Stone Fruit Pie with All Butter Crust
Adapted from this recipe and this recipe

Crust
1 recipe all-butter crust from Smitten Kitchen (her instructions are impeccable and so easy to follow)

Filling
4 pounds stone fruits (I used 2 giant peaches, 4 nectarines, and 4 plums)
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Pinch fresh grated nutmeg
Zest of 1 lemon
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar

Crust
Follow the recipe for double pie crust (2 rounds). Once dough is fully chilled, roll out both disks to about 14 inch rounds, and continue to chill until ready to use. 

Filling
Slice fruits and remove pits, peel the peach slices. Add fruit slices and 1/3 cup sugar to a large bowl, and toss to coat. Let sit for 30-60 minutes. 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
Strain juice off of fruit, saving about 1/4 cup of the juice in a separate bowl. Add cornstarch, nutmeg, and lemon zest to juice and whisk well to combine. Stir back into fruit. 
Transfer one pie dough disk to pie dish, picking up the edges and letting it slump into the dish. Trim so about 1 inch of dough hangs over the edge. Fill with fruit. 
Cut remaining dough disk into strips to make a lattice crust. I went with a wide lattice on this one, but a thin lattice is super pretty and fun too.
Brush lattice topping and edges with beaten egg, and sprinkle turbinado sugar on top. Transfer pie dish to a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for 40 minutes at 400 degrees, then turn heat down to 350, and bake another 30-40 minutes, until dough is golden and juices are bubbly. Cool dish on a wire rack. 
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6 comments

  1. Give me all of the stone fruits in EVERY form. But first, pie. This recipe is awesome!

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    1. OMG Katrina, definitely!! I'm obsessed with stone fruits!

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  2. It’s always nice how food can link people back to memories of their loved ones, I’d say that this is one of the most important aspects of being foodie; it’s not always about the food. This pie looks amazing, by the way! The flavors of peaches, nectarine and plums all go too well together. They have that sweet and crisp flavor, but it’s their tanginess that completes the summertime feel. Cheers!

    Teri Harris @ CaigerAndCoCatering

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    1. I totally agree Teri... I love the memories that food and shared meals create!

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  3. This pie is gorgeous, Amber! Drooling on keyboard. As someone who's also lost a parent, I know that sharp sting of grief and remembrance commingling in these moments of beauty. <3

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Lily, it's always such a reassuring (but alas, heartbreaking) thing connecting with people who have shared a similar loss. And what a lovely way to put it "that sharp sting of grief and remembrance commingling in these moments of beauty."

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