Gluten-Free Spiced Peach Pie
One of the golden rules we learn early on is: It's what's inside that counts.
I kept repeating this to myself as I made my first pie of the summer.
I’ve been itching to make a pie ever since I experimented with the handheld version last month. But what I found was as majestic as my hand pies turned out, full-on pies were a different story. I've made pies in the past, but let's just face it—sometimes my kitchen is ill-prepared, and pie dough can get a little fussy. That's when I remembered I had this nifty pie mix on hand. Love'illy is based on the premise of a gourmet handcrafted pie without the need for all the ingredients—sounds like my kind of pie situation. Their gluten-free pre-made pie mixes are for pie-loving gals like me to leave those kitchen conundrums behind. They have a variety of mixes like Cherry Almond and Blueberry Lemon Vanilla, but I decided to put a twist on things and use their Apple Spice mix for my Spiced Peach Pie.
Now that I had my pie mix, there were two more requirements to make the perfect pie: fruit and crust. Peaches were first on my list because they're quite possibly my favorite fruit of the season, next to blackberries, of course. While you can cut some corners with a pre-made crust, I decided to make a simple 3-ingredient pie crust. I'm no crafter of crusts, so thankfully its peach filling redeemed its appearance.
This Spiced Peach Pie almost readies myself for fall, but you and I both know that this August heat says otherwise. Its crust maintains a balance of flaky, yet buttery goodness next to the rich peach filling, making one lovely, finger-lickin’ good pie. The spices from the pie mix develop into a nice salty, sweet layer of peach filling which reached an almost jam-like consistency.
Whether you're in a pie pinch or you just want to take a shortcut, Love’illy is the way to go!
Love’illy’s pie mixes can be purchased online, or the closest location is in Richmond at Southern Season.
Spiced Peach Pie
Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Yield: One 9-inch pie
(makes two 9-inch pie crusts)
3 cups flour (use almond or coconut flour to keep gluten-free)
1 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks butter), cut into cubes
4-6 tablespoons ice water
Love’illy Apple Spice pie mix
5 peaches, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp butter, melted for baking
Prepare your crust. Add salt and flour to a food processor and pulse until mixed. Add the butter pieces on top of the mix, then pulse until you reach pea-sized crumbles. Add one tablespoon of ice water at a time and pulse between each to reach the right consistency. Once you're able to gather the dough in your hand without it crumbling then it's ready to be chilled. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half and form into two discs. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
While dough is chilling, prepare your filling. In a large bowl, add peaches and the pie mix. Combine, cover and refrigerate.
Preheat oven to 400. After half an hour, remove dough and roll out each disc into two roughly 12-inch circles.
Grease a 9-inch pie pan. Add one crust to the bottom, then add the peach filling. Top with the second crust. Press on the edges, trim excess dough, then seal with a fork. Cut slits into the top, then brush the crust with melted butter.
Bake for 20 minutes, then turn oven temperature down to 350. Bake for an additional 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown and the peach juices are bubbling.
Allow to cool for 1–3 hours before slicing.