Wednesday, September 09, 2009
"This is the best peach pie I've ever eaten." That was the first response to this pie at work. I think that says it all.
When I got married I had one of those Recipe Showers, where all the guests bring their favorite recipe, pre-written on a cute card for a box that the hostesses bought for me. This peach-pie recipe was from my college roommate, Natalie. It's her mom's recipe - and I'm sure it's all over the Internet in other forms - but to me it will always be Ann's pie. We used to beg Natalie to make this in college - it's really that good. She would almost always oblige - she would say, "Okay, but it's not the easiest thing in the world." And she's right - it is a little time-consuming, but at the same time it's a no-bake dessert so it doesn't get much easier.
I know that the unofficial end of summer was last weekend, but many of you are still finding fresh peaches in your markets. While a fresh peach out of hand is a fabulous treat this pie ranks right up there because, well, the peaches are still fresh (i.e. not baked.) It's a great treat, and if you're still living through the heat of summer it's very refreshing, too!
Peaches and Cream Dessert
From the Kitchens and Ann and Natalie
4 cups sliced peaches
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 T. cornstarch
1 3-oz. package peach jello
1/2 cup milk
2 1/2 cups of sugar
1 cup water
1 8-oz. package of cream cheese
1 9-0z. container of whipped topping
2 graham-cracker pie crusts
1. Stir 1/2 cup of sugar with the peaches and set aside.
2. Mix 3/4 cup of sugar, salt, cornstarch and water. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring until thick and clear. Remove from heat and stir in jello. Allow to cool and add peaches.
3. Beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup of sugar until fluffy. Gradually add in milk and beat until well combined. Then fold in whipped topping by hand.
4. Spread 1/2 of the cream-cheese mixture over two crusts. Add all peaches, divided between two pies. Top with remaining cream-cheese mixture.
5. Chill thoroughly before serving.
(We had a great trip to Canada last week; I highly recommend Toronto for an easy weekend getaway. The weather was perfect, too, so if you go - go in September! The food was awesome; I didn't have a bad meal while we were there.)