However. They are NOT the easiest fruit in the world to work with when you are baking with them. You have to boil them for a few minutes in order to peel them, and then you have to deal with getting the dang peach pit out of the center. All the peaches I have ever met hang on to that pit for dear life, and so I usually end up spending a lot of quality time with my paring knife and peach juice running down my arm. So if I am going to go through all that (and who knows, maybe it is just me and the rest of the world only runs into well-behaved peaches), then whatever I am making better be worth it.
Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Peaches and Cream Pie, otherwise known as Worth It.
One of my other issues is usually with peach pies…actually with most fruit pies…and that is that while they are usually scrumptious, they are also, well, super-messy. All that lovely juice quadruples in volume in the oven, and when you cut into your gorgeous pie it kind of collapses on you into a delicious but soupy puddle of fruit and crust. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but just once I wanted to make a well-behaved pie. And here it is…and here’s the secret.
You still have to wrangle with the peaches – the peeling, the pitting, etc – but once you have your peaches peeled and pitted and cut in half, you lay them on a foil-lined cookie sheet and sprinkle them with some sugar, and then you bake them until they have caramelized and released some of that juice I was talking about. (And as an extra added bonus, you can also pre-bake your pie shell in the very same oven. Better and better!).
Then you slice up the caramelized peaches, drop them in your conveniently pre-baked pie-shell, and cover the whole thing with a custard mixture of eggs and cream and bake it until it is golden and wonderful and perfect. You can tell when people start wandering into the kitchen and lurking around near the oven. You then have to break the news that not only does it have to cool for about three hours, but you were actually planning to serve it AFTER dinner and not before.
Of course, you could make an exception, just this once.
Peaches and Cream Pie, from Cooks Country