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It’s summer, which means that now is the time to focus on recipes that feature fresh produce. The tomatoes are lush and colorful, the berries are bursting with flavor, and stone fruit like nectarines and peaches are in their prime. So when Martha Stewart — queen of fruit desserts,
chancellor of pies
— shared her recipe for a truly easy peach pie on Instagram, we knew we’d have to try it. Especially when she said that the peaches were tossed in a vanilla-bourbon nectar!
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Stewart has more than one trick up her sleeve with this easy peach pie. The first is that, to save on time (and to save you the hassle of making pie crust from scratch in a hot summer kitchen), she uses a sheet of all-butter puff pastry as the crust for her pie. Look for it in the freezer section of your grocery store, and make sure to use all-butter puff for the best flavor.
Martha Stewart's Fruit Desserts
Another secret she uses is pre-cooking the peach filling, and skipping the bottom crust. Peaches are so juicy that often times the bottom crust of a peach pie is all mush, no matter how careful you are. Pre-baking the peaches helps concentrate their juices and flavor, so you end up with the perfect texture of filling.
Martha Stewart's New Pies and Tarts
Finally, to enhance the flavor of the peaches, Stewart adds a dash of bourbon. She also uses vanilla, and with a short ingredient list, quality vanilla is important to the recipe. We’ve been loving Heilala Vanilla.
The end result is a dish of warm, gooey, fragrant peach wedges redolent with bourbon and vanilla, topped with a crispy, buttery, golden puff-pastry crust. All you need to complete the dish is some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, and you’ve got a dessert that no one would guess was so easy to make.
In search of more summer recipes? Giada De Laurentiis has plenty:
Watch: How to Make Sugar Cookie Berry Pizza
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