Veggies are not the only things that Grenville grew this season . Last week, he harvested peaches from the dwarf Georgia Belle peach tree planted 3 years ago. Last year, we had a few peaches – enough for a small peach cobbler. This year’s harvest produced enough for a deep dish fresh peach pie. The peaches were small in size, but so sweet in taste.
Grenville’s peach pie that topped off our dinner of freshly made gazpacho. Sorry, you couldn’t be here to enjoy either the soup or the pie., but here’s the pie recipe. And, we know it’s not the same as enjoying a warm slice topped with vanilla bean ice cream. But, if you let us know when you plan to visit, Grenville can bake another one. Of course, you’ll have to wait until next year’s harvest.
Grenville’s Peach Pie
This recipe is adapted from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Best Home Baking cookbook with some TLC preparation by Grenville.
- Prepare pastry for a double crust 9-inch pie or open a box of Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, like we do.
- ¾ C sugar
- 3 tbsp flour
- ¼ - ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- Dash of salt
- 4 C peeled and sliced peaches (skin peaches)
- 2 tbsp butter
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a deep dish pie plate with a crust.
- Stir together sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Add peaches and toss gently to coat.
- Pour into bottom crust and dot with butter.
- Top with either a plain or lattice crust.
- Sprinkle in a little more sugar and cinnamon – on top too.
- Bake 40 - 45 minutes or until filling is bubbly and peaches are tender.
Serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream or whipped cream.
Got milk? This dessert tastes great with a cold glass of milk
Enjoy ! (we did)
Peachy GA Facts
- The first peaches were planted in the state in the eighteenth century, and the first commercial production occurred in the mid-nineteenth century.
- Georgia ranks 3rd nationally in acreage devoted to peaches with more than 15,000 acres and in production behind California and South Carolina.
- The Belle of Georgia peach, also called the Georgia Belle peach, was named after Mrs. Belle Hall of Ft. Valley, Georgia.
- Samuel Henry Rumph, a Marshallville peach grower, discovered a new peach variety in 1870, which he named Elberta for his wife. The Elberta peach was the leading Georgia peach until 1960. Newer varieties, the J. H. Hale and Belle of Georgia, replaced the Elberta in commercial use.
- Rumph is considered the father of the Georgia Peach Industry due to his use of refrigerated rail cars for rapid shipments to northern markets on a large scale.
- There is no significant processing of peaches in Georgia. Nearly all peaches grown there are sold in the wholesale fresh market, with a small percentage sold at roadside markets.
- Augusta National Golf Club, home to the annual Masters Tournament is the former site of Fruitland Nurseries. This 365-acre site was the old Berckmans nursery, which introduced fruits, including peaches, for statewide distribution.