“Peach pie is my favorite.” Wheels didn’t tell me that until we had been married for at least eight years. Apparently, Wheels believes new information keeps marriage fresh because he springs this kind of stuff on me every once in a while. Come to find out his mom and sisters made wonderful peach pie that was the stuff of dreams. I know when I am outclassed in the competition so we just kept that special peach pie a mom/sister thing. But this year, for his birthday, it was time for me to make Wheels a birthday peach pie. Actually, his sister, Ela – 1000 miles away – kept mentioning the peach pies she was making for the freezer and got his taste buds all wound up. I have the recipe because Wheel’s little sister contributed it to the Quasquicentennial community cookbook, the one Ela gave me for my birthday. It turned out beautifully and tastes wonderful. Do you smell conspiracy or is it just me?
A “splurge” on any eating plan is a must to keep you from feeling deprived. The secret is to limit those splurges to a very few times per year. A birthday warrants special treats so it is easy to plan ahead. And this one is worth the wait. By the way, Ela shared the family secret recipe for pie crust – come a little closer and I’ll let you know too. Buy it ready made at the grocery store – shhhhhh. If you want to use your own secret recipe, please do, but I honored family tradition.
You can cut the butter into the dry ingredients for the topping with a fork, but I really recommend a pastry cutter. I don’t have many specialty tools in my kitchen and don’t make a lot of pastry, but this is one piece worth having because it is so much faster. Resist the temptation to add cinnamon to the recipe – at least until you’ve made it with just the nutmeg at least once. The ever so subtle flavor of the nutmeg enhances the peaches sublimely! Happy Birthday, Wheels!
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