Let this Fresh Peach Pie take a bite out of the heat! It’s that time again. The heat index is well over 100º. It happens every year, sometimes much earlier than this, and I hate it. The heat is bad enough, but the humidity makes the air feel heavy and hard to breath in. The sweat won’t evaporate from your skin to cool it. Make-up melts off your face, and two showers a day are the minimum. But hey, I ran across that Fresh Peach Pie recipe that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. A great piece of pie might help take your mind off the heat. Especially a pie that’s served cool.
You’ll have to find your own juicy peaches, but here’s how to turn them into a delicious peach pie. The best part is that you don’t cook the peaches which leaves their texture firm and their taste bright. I haven’t made this pie in years, but the impression it made on me hasn’t diminished.
Anna’s Fresh Peach Pie
4 cups fresh peach slices, peeled
1 cup sugar
1 cup cold water
6 tbsp corn starch
Dash of salt
4 tsp lemon juice
1 drop almond extract
2 drops yellow food coloring
1 crop red food coloring
4 tbsp apricot or orange jello
You favorite 9 inch pre-baked pie crust (Of course, it can be gluten-free.)
Combine sugar, water, cornstarch, and salt, in a saucepan and cook until it is thick and clear. Add lemon juice, almond extract, food coloring, and jello. Allow to cool.
Fold peach slices into sauce and mix well. Pour mixture in crust and place in refrigerator to set. Serve chilled with whipped cream atop.
I ran across this handwritten recipe in my Mom’s recipe box. I think it’s funny that it includes food coloring. It’s been decades since I’ve had food coloring in my pantry, but I loved it as a kid. I especially loved the set of bright colored salt we had in the cabinet. I used to put margarine that included yellow food coloring on my baked potatoes and then salt them with the blue colored salt. This made my potato a totally gross green color. It was fun to watch my family and friends be grossed out while I enjoyed my scrumptious green potato.
Obviously, you can leave the food coloring out of the recipe. And if you’re gluten-free, you don’t need to worry about the Jell-O unless you have an additional allergy or sensitivity. I’ve included links below for you to review the ingredients.
I like to use a gluten-free cream cheese crust for fruit pies. It’s delicious with my Raspberry Rhubarb pie and I’m certain it will complement this pie as well. I also prefer homemade whipped cream on top. I know making whipped cream sounds intimidating, but it’s incredibly fast and easy – even with a hand powered egg beater. The secret is to chill the bowl and utensils in the freezer before you begin.
Hmmmm. A freezer sounds good. Anything cold sounds good. I’m ready to take a bite out of the heat!