Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Peach Pie #recipe from author @DarylWoodGerber + Grilling the Subject #giveaway

From Daryl aka Avery

Today, I'm giving away a copy of GRILLING THE SUBJECT so some lucky winner will have something to read over Labor Day! Check the details below!

I love peaches. I crave peaches. When in season, I buy at least 5-6 peaches a week. But they're really only good "in season" so you have to do something with them right away. You don't want them to go bad. You can eat them plain. You can make jam, of course. You can add them to ice cream and cereal. You can make ice cream. Or you can make pie. And other than plain, with the skin and everything, PIE is my favorite! 

I decided to try two different versions this week. Yes, two. I went to the farmer's market and bought twice as many peaches. Needless to say, I've been having my fill of sweet things and it's probably time to take a week off and just eat protein, but oh, man, it was worth it!! Every calorie. Every bite. 

You can also make "pie" without the crust and just add a crumble or biscuit topping! See my second "version" with topping below!

**Gluten-free pie version (see below)


1 9-inch deep-dish pie shell (recipe * see below)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup corn starch
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
6 tablespoons butter
6-7 ripe peaches, peeled and cut in half
1 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Prepare pie shell (see below). Set aside.

To make pie ingredients:

In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, corn starch, nutmeg, and butter. Cut in the butter.  Sprinkle half of the mixture in the pie shell.

Arrange peach halves cut side down in the pie shell.  I like to take a few and cut those halves in thirds and set around the open spaces. You can make whatever pattern your heart desires.

**Tip for peeling peaches - I dip them in hot water and they become easier to peel (sort of like what you can do with tomatoes). About 20 seconds per peach.

Cover with the remaining sugar mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Set on a baking sheet just in case.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and let sit for 20 minutes. Serve warm. With ice cream or whipped cream or a slice of cheese – or just plain.

Yes, it sort of falls apart, but it's okay.


1 1/3 cups flour
8 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
6 tablespoons ice cold water

In a food processor, put the flour, butter, and coconut oil. Pulse about 10 times about 10 seconds each. Add the ice cold water. Pulse again.  Remove the batter and place on parchment paper. Wrap tightly and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Remove from the refrigerator and set on a floured piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle with flour and top with another piece of parchment paper. Roll with a rolling pin until a 10-11” circle forms. Remove the parchment paper and set the pie dough in the pie plate.  Crimp the edges according to your desire.  Follow above directions for pie ingredients.

FOR GLUTEN-FREE PIE SHELL,  from scratch, switch out the 1 1/3 cup flour with a gluten-free flour mix or an equal mixture of sweet rice flour and tapioca flour.  Add ½ teaspoon xanthan gum. And then proceed with butter, oil, and water.  You can also use mixtures like Bob’s Red Mill or Pamela’s mixture and follow their directions for a pie shell. Note: gluten-free pie shells do not hold together as well as a regular flour pie shell. Don’t worry. If you press and piece it together, it won’t show beneath the pie ingredients, it just might be harder to get out of the pie pan. That’s okay, too. It still tastes good. (I didn't, but you might grease the pie shell first. I'm not sure if that would help. Hmm. Must make another pie!  LOL)

Note: If you choose to use a store-bought pie shell, you might want to cut back on the amount of peaches. I like the deep-dish version because that means I get more peaches!!

BISCUIT TOPPING (alternative)

Make the peaches as above and set into the deep-dish pie pan. (No crust below)

Then make the topping beow and put on top, in dollops.

INGREDIENTS for gluten-free version:

1 cup gluten-free flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
¼ cup lard (Coconut oil)
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk

Mix all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and put in dollops on top of peaches.

(If you want to make a regular version, use regular flour for the gluten-free flour and omit the xanthan gum.)

This topping was so crispy and tasty!

Today I'm giving away one copy of Grilling the Subject. 
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Savor the mystery and say cheese!
Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
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  1. Love this peach pie recipe and variations! For Labor Day, I'm hosting my annual family get-together/cookout.

  2. Sounds yummy! I will be recuperating from carpal tunnel surgery. Thank you for the chance!

    1. Oh, Barbara, ouch. I'm so sorry, but I hear that most people are thrilled they did it. Good recovery. ~ Daryl

  3. Doing absolutely nothing! Well, not really, don't have any obligations for the weekend so we are just going to enjoy it and relax, and I am going to read, read, read. And now maybe make peach pie - those look delicious. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. So far, I am not doing anything for labor day. Thanks for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

    1. Lisa, you are more than welcome. On labor day, it's okay to just "rest"! ~ Daryl

  5. I also love peaches. Our local peach season is very short so I bought several baskets this week to make peach smoothies and peach/raspberry crisp. I will be reading several mystery books this Labour Day weekend, including several New Orleans authors in preparation for travelling to NOLA for Bouchercon. Thanks for the chance to win!
    grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

    1. Grace, sounds like fun. Have you read Ellen Bryon's new series? Published by Crooked Lane. Enjoy B'con. ~ Daryl

    2. Thanks, Daryl. Yes I enjoyed reading Plantation Shudders and will be going to Ellen's launch party for her second book, Body on the Bayou!

  6. Alas, the entire Massachusetts peach crop was wiped out by an untimely frost. I will have to enjoy these gorgeous desserts vicariously--or save them for a better year.

    On Labor Day? Editing!

    1. Oh, Sheila, horrible! I'm so sorry. You can do the same with berries, I imagine. I haven't tried it but am now inspired. ~ Daryl

  7. That pie looks so good. I'd love some for breakfast. I'm not doing anything for Labor Day. Just hanging around the house and probably watching some movies. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    1. Linda, watching movies sounds great. Which ones? I have been scouring the TV for titles I've never seen. ~ Daryl

  8. Wonderful and delectable pies. Love peaches. Thanks for the lovely feature and giveaway. No plans yet. Family will probaby visit with the little ones. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. We plan to just relax this year. I mean really relax. He, movies. Me, books. And order in pizza. The pie recipe does look good. Will have to try it. Peach is one of our favorite fruits. Don't get to make things with it too often. Except in the winter. We can and freeze by the bushel in during the season and eat with most every meal. During the winter we use the canned and frozen and make things. Mostly cobbler. We also like to use brandy, grenadine syrup and let sliced peaches soak for a few months. Great as a topping for ice cream and pound cake during the winter. Della at

    1. Books, movies, and pizza. What could be better?! Frozen works if you freeze them right. Good for you! I used to make dozens of pies when I was a kid. We had apple and peach trees, and berries on the vine. I was really good with pie dough. ~ Daryl

  10. Oh my. 9:30 in the morning and Im craving peach cobbler!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  11. Oh my, that recipe sounds good! I love, ripe peaches from a farmer's market.
    We haven't made any plans for Labor Day yet. I may actually do some "labor" around my house. Lol.

    1. Farmer's markets are such a godsend. I love them. As for "labor" around the house, I might bake or garden. That's it. ~ Daryl

  12. We're just going to stay home and take it easy.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  13. I hope that we will relax and take a nice leisurely walk. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Petite - a nice leisurely walk is so much fun. Smell the roses. Greet the other walkers. Enjoy. ~ Daryl

  14. Thank you for the pie recipe! I have that many really ripe peaches in the fridge right now calling my name. For Labor Day we are barbecuing and going to a baseball game. Plus it's my mom's birthday weekend!

    1. Wow, that's a lot packed into a few short days. Enjoy! Happy birthday to your mom. ~ Daryl

  15. Anything with peaches is OK by me! they are one of my favorite fruits. Nothing doing here for Labor Day. Staying home and relaxing.

    1. Quakers, I love peaches. Can't get enough of them in season. ~ Daryl

  16. Won't be doing anything special on Labor Day.
    On Monday I'll go to a church picnic and play
    bingo for cash and quilts. It's going to be
    a nice weekend weather-wise so I hope to be able
    to sit on the deck and read.
    thanks for the chance to read the book. We are
    some large peach orchards in this area.

    1. Playing bingo for quilts? I've never heard of that. What fun. Reminds me of a movie with Sally Field and James Garner, Murphy's Law. Fun. ~ Daryl

  17. So glad you included gluten free version, too! My husband just brought home some beautiful peaches, have to try this recipe! Always used to have a cookout on Labor Day to celebrate the kids going back to school; however, no more kids living here since our great granddaughters moved out last month! So, no plans for a cookout this year.

    1. Yes, seeing as I have to eat gluten-free, I will often include that. It's not that hard, when you're making from scratch to swap out a few ingredients. Harder with a cake because of the need to rise, but a pie is pretty basic. Enjoy. ~ Daryl

  18. Oh my goodness we have 7 bags of peeled and blanched peaches in our freezer for peach pie and a pie crust for hubby to make when i want one so i am going to give him this wonderful recipe as it is diff from his and have him make it over the long weekend thank you for posting something with peaches love them and hubby tries to make alot of things with them as we have a man out here in the rural area that has a peach orchard and he sells the smalls in a box for so cheap! Thank you for the giveaway also would love to read and review at a few places. peggy clayton