Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Peaches and Cream Dessert

Peaches and Cream Dessert

"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 Pie

Peaches and Cream Dessert
From the Kitchens and Ann and Natalie
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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.)