Peaches are at their prime across the country right now, so if you see locally grown ones at a farm stand, farmer’s market, or the grocery store, scoop them up! We live in Iowa, so our local peaches are from Missouri and Colorado and they have been amazingly delicious lately. I tend to overbuy peaches when they are good, so I put a few to use in these Peach Pies as a family treat this past weekend.
Peaches should smell intensely peachy and should just slightly give when you pick them up—and make sure to keep them in a separate bag on the way home from the farmer’s market or store to avoid them becoming bruised. I used two very ripe peaches in this recipe as a simple substitution for the canned filling in the original recipe. I diced them and tossed with 2 teaspoons cornstarch and 2 teaspoons sugar. I let the fruit sit while I prepared the crust.
I’m usually a little intimidated by pastry, especially when making little pastry sandwiches is involved, but this actually came together easier than I expected. I halved the recipe to make a smaller batch, added 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and used a stick of very cold butter instead of shortening with just 1-2 tablespoons of cold water. I also made it in the food processor, which helps the crust come together quickly and easily—you can tell when you’ve added enough water since it starts to obviously clump together. Once poured out, formed into a disc, and wrapped in plastic wrap, I let it chill in the fridge while I preheated the oven.
I used 1 heaping teaspoon filling in the smaller flower pies and 1 heaping tablespoon in the slightly larger pie pops and once I had everything assembled, chilled them again for 10 minutes in the fridge. The colder the pastry is when it goes into the oven, the better the results. I thought that the little hand pies would be easier for my daughter to eat than the pops and she adored the flower shape. She was barely awake from her afternoon nap when she grabbed one off the counter!
The peach flavor is intense and the butter pastry is flaky and delicious. These little pies pair really well with a cold glass of milk, strong coffee, or vanilla ice cream, and they taste just as good the next day. I can’t wait to make this recipe again!
Get the full recipe for Peach Pies here.