Thursday, August 21, 2008

More Pie & Finished "Fancy Nancy" Blanket

Just one more peach recipe that I think you'll like -- we do -- a lot. In fact, Mr. F. C. and I can eat an entire pie in one day -- for breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner -- gone. As you might remember, I love peach pie/cobbler, and as I said here, I love custard pie also. This pie is a combination of both -- double good.

Peach Custard Pie

4 peaches (fresh)
Unbaked 9" pie shell*
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. milk
1/2 to 3/4 c. sugar (depending on sweetness of peaches)
2 tbsp. flour
Pinch of salt
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. almond extract

Peel and slice peaches. Arrange in the unbaked pie shell. Beat eggs well; add milk. Combine the sugar, flour, and salt, then stir into the egg/milk mixture; add the vanilla and almond extracts.
Pour over the peaches. Bake in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes; then reduce heat to 325 degrees and continue baking about 40 minutes longer. Test with knife inserted in custard -- should come out clean. Remove to rack to cool.

*Note: Before you put in the filling, bake the crust for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees, then brush the bottom with egg white. This prevents the crust from being so soggy on the bottom. It also helps if you put the pie on the bottom rack of the oven.

As you can see from the picture above, I doubled the recipe, and then I couldn't find my 10" pyrex pie dishes (forgot I'd sent them home with my daughter a few weeks ago), so I had to use these little aluminum pans. They're much smaller, so I ended up with enough left to bake in another dish -- almost like a clafouti.

And look at all those peaches in my freezer now. I think have 10 quart bags here in West Texas and another 8 in the freezer in East Texas. I think we'll make it through the winter, don't you ;-)?

Anyway, enough about peaches for now. As I mentioned here, I'm not crazy about knitting. It just feels a little awkward and strange to me, but thanks to the encouragement of a very talented knitting friend, I started this blanket

for my granddaughter, Maleah, a couple of years ago. We were in a Fancy Nancy phase at the time,

so we thought all these crazy colors and textures would be fun -- not that fun. Anyway, I flaked out and hid it away for awhile, but I really hate when I don't finish things (not to mention that my sweet Maleah has been patiently waiting for 2 years for me to finish this!) , so I got it out the other day, and I'm deteremined to finish it. And actually, after letting it 'rest' for a while, I think I kind of like it again, and all the fuzzy yarns I'm using hide a multitude of sins, so maybe it will turn out okay after all.

Couldn't resist taking a picture of the gorgeous (and so fragrant) lilies I got at HEB the other day. I love that we can get inexpensive beautiful flowers in our grocery stores now. Remember the days when these were only available from an expensive florist?


tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Looks amazing!!!

M ^..^

moonlight_fairy said...

Mom, your pie was sooooo delicioso!! It magically disappeared in a day flat. Thank you. L-O-V-E!!

Debbies-English-Treasures said...


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