August 17, 2009

On second thought

Fruitstand

I have never tasted peach pie.

Artist Friend was horrified when I told him that. And his brother even volunteered to make me a peach pie if I’m ever in Motor City. When I go visit my friend PoetryeWoman, who happens to live in Motor City, I fully intend to show up at the house of Artist Friend’s brother and demand a pie. The fact that I’ve only met Motor City Brother once will not stop me. If his pie crust is anything like his brother’s, well, then it will be worth violating any kind of etiquette about how well you need to know someone before you show up on their doorstep demanding pie.

The only pie I ever make is apple pie. Since I live near apple orchards of all kinds, it makes sense on cool autumn days to make apple pie. And I like apple pie because it’s not as mushy or sickly sweet as most other fruit pies. Especially if you use tart, just-picked apples.

This week, though, I passed baskets of ripe peaches at a fruit stand and actually got as far as thinking about making a peach pie, on the slim chance that Artist Friend is right about how great it tastes. I’ve been on kind of a cooking spree ever since seeing the movie Julie and Julia so the timing seemed right. But then I remembered how damned hot my house has been this week: well over 90 degrees for several days in a row, with the kind of humidity that makes it feel like I’m moving underwater. And the thought of turning on the oven changed my mind.

We can just eat the peaches one at a time, plain. A ripened peach is a fine treat on a hot day. The pie will have to wait until the next time Artist Friend visits.

16 comments:

Magpie said...

Funny that. I often have the impulse to bake, in the middle of the summer, when no sane person would turn on the oven.

Tonight's solution was a cut up peach with a bit of vanilla ice cream and a tablespoon of dark rum. Perfect. And no oven.

Rana said...

If it does get cool enough to contemplate a pie, here are a couple of D's tricks:

Crumble the butter (margarine?) into the crust with your fingers, not with a fork. It should be cold.

Add a bit of ginger and almond extract to the peaches - it makes them even more tasty.

If the peaches do not smell and taste great fresh, they won't make a pie worth eating. You get what you put into it.

I'd add that if the crust is challenging, a peach cobbler is pretty darn tasty, too.

jo(e) said...

Rana: Oh, I'll have to remember the ginger and almond extract.

Digger said...

OMG I love peach pie. When I used to make it (fresh, FRESH peaches!), I'd barely put any sugar in (I don't have a sweet tooth). The crust recipe I used had a bit of sugar in it, which allowed me to cut way down on filling sugar. Whatever recipe you use, try it with half the filling sugar to start, if you don't like it too sweet.

Brigindo said...

b makes cobbler and this year he finally made a peach one with fresh southern peaches. it didn't last the night.

BrightenedBoy said...

I don't understand how you can go without air conditioning. If you tried that where I live, you'd die of heat exhaustion.

Your summers must be really brief.

Amelie said...

I bake despite the heat. Can't really recommend it though... but I love baked stuff.

jo(e) said...

Brightened Boy: Our summers are mostly comfortable -- temperatures in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. We usually get a couple of heat waves where temperatures go into the 90s, but they only last a few days or maybe a week.

YourFireAnt said...

Must be why they used to have summer kitchens [i.e., outdoors cooking areas partially sheltered by wall/roof, but open on one side]. The fruits are all coming now that the temperature is in the damn 90s.

;-)

By the way, I saw the firs Macs yesterday in the coop.

T.

Kyla said...

Apple pie is my favorite, too, but I can go for peach on occasion.

Silver Creek Mom said...

I love peaches any whay I can get them...in a pie or without.

Rev Dr Mom said...

Never had peach pie? That's a travesty! I totally concur with what Rana said, too.

I hope you've had homemade peach ice cream.

jo(e) said...

Nope. I've never had homemade peach ice cream either.

Sue said...

I love peaches... but how can I make these ice cream???

Fruit Basket Review said...

Peach pie is one of this life's greatest edible arrangements of nature's sugar, thick cream, and crispy pie crust, and a large dollop of vanilla bean ice cream. You should make yourself a pie, or bring the peaches over in a fruit basket and make your friend's brother make it, etiquette be damned.

bsouth said...

I've never had peach pie either. Sounds nice, especially with vanilla ice cream.