Yesterday was one of those days in the kitchen. You know the kind I mean, don't you? The ones where Murphy's quoting his law in your left ear and the Devil's sitting on your right shoulder egging him on. After I dropped a nice heavy red cast iron Mario Batali grill pan on my right foot and then darn near cut the tip of my left pinkie off with a harp peeler, I figured I'd best just stay right outa' there. Good thing I made this old fashioned peach crumble pie earlier in the week.
This beauty is adapted from one of my favorite old Canadian cookbooks (Purity), and makes perfect use of a few simple ingredients to showcase a half dozen wonderfully juicy, perfectly ripe peaches. Light on sugar and free of any fancy custard, the peaches rest on a single pastry shell sprinkled with a layer of walnutty crumbs. Topped with more crumbs, it's out of the oven and cooling in just 40 minutes. I can't imagine anything more flavorful, in fact I can hardly wait to make another one with some pears or even some of those gorgeous plums so available right now. Any excuse to make a pie, right?
By the way in case you're wondering - the toe's not broken, just black and blue and the finger...well the finger hurts like blazes!
Old Fashioned Peach Crumble Pie
Preheat oven to 450.
Prepared single crust of your favorite pastry
6 fresh peaches, peeled and cut in half
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of salt
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Line a 9” pie plate with rolled pastry. Flute edges but do not prick. Combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl. Cut in butter until well combined. Remove half of the mixture from the bowl and set aside. To remaining half add chopped walnuts. Sprinkle mixture on bottom of pastry shell. Top with peaches. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Bake in preheated 450 oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for additional 25 to 30 minutes or until fruit just begins to bubble. Cool on wire rack. Serve while warm. Download Old Fashioned Peach Crumble Pie