Monday, August 1, 2011

Nutty Crust Peach Pie (Gluten Free)

Summer fruit rocks. Not too long ago I brought home 4 pounds of delicious peaches from the Farmers Market, and I decided to make a pie with them using the same gluten-free pie crust recipe that I usually put blueberries in. It's from the Whole Foods website: All Nut Crumb Crust. Only this time I used half almonds and half pecans because I was running low on almonds. It tasted awesome, with the pecans complementing the peaches nicely, even though I totally burned the edges.
I tried to make the filling recipe as healthy as possible by subbing maple syrup for the sugar and reducing the amount. I probably could have omitted the sweetener altogether. Seriously, these peaches were more than sweet enough. I also reduced the amount of corn starch, but that maybe wasn't such a great idea. These peaches were really juicy, and the filling liquid didn't thicken much. I actually had to strain some of it off, but that worked out fine as I then used it to flavor my plain yogurt.

4 pounds peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced (Do yourself a favor and blanche them for 20 seconds first. It makes them SO much easier to peel!)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 TBSP cornstarch (original recipe called for 3 TBSP, but 2 might do the trick)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
All you do is toss the sliced peaches with the rest of the ingredients and stir gently over medium heat until the peaches are cooked and the liquid thickened. Mine didn't really thicken much, but that's what I get for skimping on the cornstarch.
I let the filling cool before pouring it in the prebaked pie shell. Alternatively, you could combine the peaches and other ingredients and, instead of cooking on the stove, put the filling in an unbaked pie shell and bake everything at the same time in the oven. But, I was worried about this nut crust going all soggy, which it did after a day or so of assembly, so this isn't one to make ahead of time.

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