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Chef John's Peach Pie

Chef John

"Above and beyond beautiful, this lattice design is also very practical. When you're making pie with something like peaches, the relatively open top allows for lots of moisture to evaporate, which helps prevent the dreaded 'watery-pie syndrome.' That's also the reason we boil the excess juices down to a syrup."
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2 h 15 m servings 325 cals
Original recipe yields 10 servings (1 10-inch pie)

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Stir peaches, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt together in a bowl. Let sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Strain accumulated juices into a saucepan and return strained peaches to bowl.
  3. Bring juices in saucepan to a boil; reduce heat to medium-high, and cook until mixture thickens to a syrup, 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Whisk 1/2 cup sugar, flour, and cornstarch together in a bowl. Stir lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon into peaches; add flour mixture and toss to coat. Pour peach syrup over peach mixture and stir.
  5. Roll out half the pastry to fit a 10-inch pie plate. Place bottom crust in pie plate. Pour peach filling into pie shell, tap pie plate against a surface to settle filling, and dot with butter.
  6. Roll remaining crust into an 11-inch circle and cut into 1-inch strips using a paring knife or pastry wheel.
  7. Lay 5 strips of pie crust over the top of the pie. Weave remaining pastry dough strips through to form a lattice top. Fold the ends of the lattice strips under the bottom crust and crimp the crust. Brush cream over the top and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until browned and bubbling, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Cool completely before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 325 calories; 14.3 g fat; 47.2 g carbohydrates; 2.6 g protein; 7 mg cholesterol; 223 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Five star all the way. Now getting ready to make this a third time. My wife is a pie baker supreme, but has been very busy with her business lately, and thus, if I want dessert, I have to do it....

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We didn't care for the cayenne pepper in the filling. It took away from the flavor of the fresh peaches. I would make the filling again as stated, but would use my own flavorings.

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Five star all the way. Now getting ready to make this a third time. My wife is a pie baker supreme, but has been very busy with her business lately, and thus, if I want dessert, I have to do it....

I tried this recipe for the first time for my 4th of July dinner for 7 people. Like every Chef John recipe I've made it was fantastic. Came out beautifully and every bit was scarfed down. It ma...

Loved the little kick of cayenne. Pie was not runny, just perfect. I made one to eat right away. I made the filling for two more pies, placing each in a foil lined pie pan. When the filling was ...

This peach pie is the best that I have ever had and I am a professional home baker. I too, as Larissa on here, used the French Pie Pastry recipe and it was the perfect pairing. A family member b...

This peach pie is perfect!!!

This is a keeper. It's now my go to for peach pie. Only thing I did different was to let the peaches & sugar set overnight because the peaches weren't really completely ripe. The next morning th...

Made exactly as written and it was delicious. I made my pie crusts before I put the filling together and cut the second crust into strips for the lattice. I really had trouble with the strips ...

When paired with the's Ruth's Grandma's Pie Crust Recipe, this peach pie is out of this world! Just a head's up, if your peaches are super ripe, as were mine, you'll still end up w...

This is to die for. Seriously, the best peach pie I've ever had. I made it exactly as written and wouldn't change a thing. Enjoy!