Monday, July 16, 2012

Pure Heaven

Once in a while, I have to indulge my family and myself in what I call pure heaven.  Yes, of course, I'm talking about food.  I certainly hope in the afterlife there is food to enjoy.   
My breakfast above is not the healthiest thing to eat, but once in a great while there's nothing wrong with indulging in something you really crave.  I made all the components from scratch.  And enjoyed the entire process.  I guess for most, cooking has to be fun in order for them to even enter the kitchen.  Or maybe it's the idea that after all the chaos, there will inevitably be the cleanup.  To me, the result is worth all the stuff that goes with it. 
Later, I made my peach pie from scratch.  It was so delicious!  I can't resist fruit pies.  Enjoy my recipe. ;o)
Old Fashioned Peach Pie
1 prepared recipe for 2 crust pie  (I use the one in the old Betty Crocker Cookbook)
3 lbs. or 6-7 ripe peaches, peeled, stoned and sliced
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup all purpose unbleached flour
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 Tablespoon butter, cut into pieces
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Toss sliced peaches with lemon juice.  Stir in sugar, flour, lemon zest and nutmeg.  Roll half the pastry into an 11" circle.  Place in a 9" pie plate.  Spoon the peaches in the crust.  Dot with butter pieces.  Roll out remaining pastry for the top crust.  Place over the peaches, trim edges and crimp.  Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar (optional).  Cut slits in the top crust.  Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.  Cover edges with foil if it browns too quickly.  Remove and let cool completely.  Store covered in the refrigerator.  Use within 5 days. 

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