The perfect peach is sun-ripened, tangy and sweet at first bite into, supple yet firm, and leaves a melt-in-your-mouth sweetness that's unmatched by any piece of chocolate. Use this peach pie recipe to enjoy the perfect peach. This recipe is made with peach nectar and fresh peaches to make your peach pie dreams come true and to keep Georgia on your mind.
- Bake pie crust at 450 F for 10 to 12 minutes; let cool.
- In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch over medium heat.
- Gradually add peach nectar, lemon juice, and lemon peel.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar and cornstarch dissolve. When the mixture has thickened, remove from heat and let cool.
- After the mixture gets close to room temperature, refrigerate the peach nectar mixture to chill thoroughly.
- Arrange half of the sliced peaches in the baked and cooled pie shell. Pour half of the chilled glaze over peaches. Repeat with remaining peaches and glaze.
- Chill the peach pie for at least 2 hours.
- Serve alone or topped with candied pecans and or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Cooking Tips and Ingredient Substitutions
Peach pie is a summer staple that far too many Georgians enjoy, and the rest of us pine for. Be sure that you choose the right peaches if you're outside of the Peach State. Harvest time around the United States is at its peak in July and August, with some range before and after depending on the type of peach being harvested.
Choosing the Best Peaches
When the ground color of a peach turns from green to yellow, it's ready to pick. The best way to tell if a peach is ripe or not is by squeezing it gently. It should not bruise easily, but be firm enough to give a little to your fingers. After you've picked the perfect ripened peach, they will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. If you need to ripen them quickly, place them overnight in a plastic storage bag or ripen them on the counter, ensuring that each peach is not touching and is laying on its side, not on its bottom. Ripe yellow-fleshed peaches should have a golden hue behind their reddish blush. In terms of smell, the peaches should give off a sweet smell. If there is no smell, the peach isn't yet ripe.