What do you do with half a bushel of fresh South Carolina peaches? In our home, my children eat them like you eat an apple... fuzz and all! And I peel and slice the juicy fruit to have with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And sometimes... we make peach pie:)
This is the way my mom taught me to make homemade peach pie. And her mom taught her... and on and on and on. I can vividly remember making pie at our kitchen table. My mom slicing peaches while I used a fork to mix the crust until it was just crumbly enough. She always let me taste a bite of the crust before we sprinkled it over the pie. This is one of those recipes I just whip together by memory.
Homemade Peach Pie
8-10 fresh peaches
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. flour
1/2 stick butter (4 Tbsp.) , softened
dash of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Rub a pat of butter over the bottom and sides of a shallow pie plate to make it non-stick.
Peel peaches and then slice them into the pie plate. I use as many peaches as it takes to fill the pie plate to the top. Usually 8-10.
In a medium bowl mix sugar, flour, and softened butter with a fork. I cradle the bowl in one arm and use the other hand to press the mixture against the side of the bowl with a fork. This mixture will eventually get very crumbly. Continue mixing until you do not see any big lumps of butter.
Pour the flour mixture over the peaches. Use a fork to gently spread the mixture over the top of the pie. Do not press down too much... you want the crust to be light and crumbly.
Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon over the flour mixture. And you can add a few very small slivers of butter to the top of the pie if you would like too.
Bake the pie on the center rack at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes. (I always put it on top of a cookie sheet in case it runs over.) At first, it does not change much, but after the pie has been in the oven a while, the juice starts to flow out of the peaches and you will see it start to bubble around the edges. I like to continue cooking until the crust is golden. Let the pie cool down for a bit (at least 10 minutes) before serving.
This pie will make your family happy and your home smell heavenly!
I hope you enjoy!
Please let me know if you have any questions about the recipe. I will be happy to reply.