Friday, August 23, 2013

The Flakiest Peach Pie Recipe

As a child I have vivid memories of visiting the local Farmer's Market with my parents every summer, buying baskets of peaches and heading home for our annual Peach Pie making day.  By "our" I really mean my parents' annual peach pie making day.   My mom was in charge of the pastry.  My dad was in charge of the filling. I think my only job was to stay out of the way and eventually taste the final product.  It was a baking extravaganza.

Flakiest Peach Pie Recipe with pastry tips from Robin Hood Bake Centre

I love baking but somewhere along the way I developed a fear of pastry.  I had a few baking disasters with pastry that wouldn't come together, was either too wet or too dry.  I gave up on it altogether. I want to conquer this fear.  I want to learn how to make the perfect flaky pie crust and pass on these skills to my kids.  I want our Peach Pie Day tradition to continue.

This is why  I LOVE the new Robin Hood Baking Centre site.  I've always looked to Robin Hood for quality products and now I can look to them for baking guidance and inspiration too.  The new Robin Hood site is amazing.  It is clean, easy to navigate and contains amazing lessons and recipes to help bakers of all skill levels.  It is providing baking inspiration and helping me gain the confidence to get back in the kitchen and whip up desserts with and for my family.

My 3 Favourite Robin Hood Baking Centre Features:

  • Bake Class:The Bake Class is a series of short videos that take you through the steps visually - perfect for me.  I watched the video for the perfect pie crust before attempting my peach pie.  When I was making my pie I thought back to the video and didn't panic when my dough didn't seem wet enough.  I remembered the video and continued to success.
Online baking tutorials

  • Baking with Kids:
    This section of the site has simple, fun and child friendly recipes you can make together.  Not only that, it has other fun tools such as a cute printable baking certificate and great tips to involve your kids in baking and keep them safe.  Baking with the kids is something we all look forward to.  It is a great way to bond, to teach them about measurements and to create something spectacular together.  
Chocolate Oatmeal Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

  • Recipes:
    Of course this one speaks for itself but there is truly a huge variety of recipes to inspire your baking.  I was particularly interested in the Gluten Free options because I have a few friends with sensitivities and I always want to have something special to offer them as well.  I also loved the savoury section because baking doesn't always have to be sweet.
Cinnamon Apple Loaf - Gluten Free

Looking for more inspiration and great baking tips? Join the Robin Hood Community to connect with other home bakers like yourself.  Ask questions, share recipes, upload photos of your baking successes!

Also follow Robin Hood on Pinterest for more mouth watering recipes.

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Now that I've conquered my fear of pastry I can't wait to try the recipe for Salted Caramel Apple Pie this fall!  Time for the (now) famous peach pie recipe I promised earlier.  Courtesy of my mom and dad and of course with the perfect flakey Robin Hood pie crust...

Homemade Peach Pie Recipe:

Pastry Ingredients

Pastry Directions:

  1. Follow the simple directions for the perfect flaky double pie crust at the Robin Hood Bake Centre.
Flakiest Peach Pie Recipe with pastry tips from Robin Hood Bake Centre

Peach Filling Ingredients:

  1. In a large bowl sprinkle peaches with lemon juice.
  2. In a small bowl combine sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon.  Add to peaches.  Toss lightly to combine.  
  3. Put filling in pastry crust and cover with top pastry, pinching the sides and cutting slits in the top crust to vent steam.
  4. Bake at 425F for 45 to 50 minutes.

*You may want to put your pie on a cookie sheet covered in foil when baking in case it boils over.

I served this up as a surprise for my family at my son's birthday.  It is amazing how much joy and memories can be contained in a single baked good.  I have conquered my fear of pastry and look forward to next summer and the Peach Pie Day tradition continuing on!

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