Growing up peaches were always my favorite fruit. I never thought about this before but it could partially be attributed to the fact that I was born in late summer and that is the peak season for peaches. And with late summer and my birthday and peaches comes peach pie, which just happens to be one of my favorite kinds of pie.
I realize it’s not late summer right now, even though it feels that way in the upper Midwest. It’s been at or near 80 degrees for the past week. It’s nuts! But it’s the good kind of nuts since normally we’re up to our eyeballs in snow this time of year and riddled with cabin fever. No complaints about the unseasonably warm temps from this girl, no sir.
While there are “fresh” peaches at the grocery store right now, flown in from who-knows-where, I happen to be lucky enough to have a mother that buys them locally by the bushelful in August and then freezes them in perfectly-proportioned-for-pie-filling freezer bags. And she shares these frozen fruit bags with me. Score!
So in belated honor of Pi Day I thawed out some of those beautiful peaches and baked myself a gluten-free pie. It tasted glorious, like late summer.
Gluten-Free Dough (slightly adapted from recipe found in “Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free” by Karen Morgan)
- ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
- ¾ cup cornstarch
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons glutinous rice flour (Bob’s Red Mill Sweet White Rice Flour works just fine), plus more for dusting
- ¼ cup sorghum flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons guar gum
- 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted cultured butter, diced
- 3 eggs
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine all the dry ingredients and mix on low speed to blend. Add the butter and beat until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Add the eggs and mix on high speed until the dough turns in on itself. Turn out the dough onto a work surface that has been dusted with rice flour and knead for 3 turns. Divide in half and form each half into a disk. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.
Remove both disks from the refrigerator 15 minutes before rolling out. Dust the work surface again with rice flour and roll out one disk to a 14-inch round. Gingerly transfer the rolled dough to a 12-inch deep-dish pie pan, fitting the dough into the pan and being cautious not to tear the dough, as it is delicate. (If you do tear the dough, just join the tear together and brush the tear with water; smooth with your finger until the damage is no longer visible.)
Roll out the second disk of dough to a 14-inch round, adding additional rice flour, if needed. Set aside.
Peach Filling (adapted slightly from “Betty Crocker’s Cookbook”)
- ½ cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons of cornstarch
- ¼ cup ground cinnamon
- 6 cups sliced peaches (6 to 8 medium)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Mix sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon together. Add peaches and toss. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
Add pie filling to pie pan fitted with bottom crust. Place reserved top crust over the top of the filling. Crimp edges of pie crusts together until sealed. Slice vents in top of pie crust. Brush with milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
Place in pre-heated oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Wrap edges of crust with aluminum foil if they brown too quickly.
Let pie cool for 2 hours before eating.