Classic gluten-free peach pie made gluten, dairy, and refined sugar free! Perfect way to enjoy this summer fruit!
What better way to enjoy some perfectly sweet, end of season fruit than in a pie. Sure, you can just pick up the fruit and eat it, but anyone can do that. There’s something deeply satisfying about making your own pie from scratch.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you making pastry from scratch is a walk in the park. It can be challenging, especially when you don’t have the help of gluten to hold everything together. It’s a test of perseverance, but when you emerge out of the kitchen holding your pie and your family oohs and ahs at your beautiful creation, you’ll know it was all worth it.
Peach pie is probably my favorite, aside from a good Berry Pie, but you can easily substitute another stone fruit, like plums, nectarines, apricots, pluots, etc., in place of the peaches. Thinly sliced apples can also be used, but since they’re generally not as juicy as peaches, you’ll need to half the amount of cornstarch in the filling.
I definitely recommend using parchment or plastic wrap to roll out the dough. Gluten-free pastry can be a little more sticky and generally less malleable than regular pastry. Parchment not only keeps it from sticking, it also helps you transfer the dough to the pie plate.
Trying to pick it up with your hands will most likely result in it breaking into pieces and shattering all of your hopes and dreams. Trust me on this one.
You can easily roll out another whole piece of dough for the top and cut slits to let steam escape. This would be the easiest method. But if you’re up for the challenge, a lattice crust is definitely beautiful and impressive!
I recommend rolling out the dough a little thicker than the bottom crust. You also want to make sure the dough is cold, which will help it hold together better and be sure to loosen the strip from the paper using a thin, offset spatula. If a strip breaks while you’re working with it, just pinch it back together again…or re-roll and re-cut, if you’re a perfectionist like me.
The only thing that makes a slice of this homemade pie better is one topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Simple yet delicious. Sometimes simple is best, don’t you agree?
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