Recently I was asked to make a twist on a peach pie in conjunction with the film release 'Labor Day' which stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. It was released in UK cinemas on Friday 21st March 2014. The film is based on a novel of the same name by Joyce Maynard. One of the pivotal scenes in the movie involves a peach pie. The recipe is actually from the author's mother and Joyce shared her baking expertise with Winslet and Brolin for the film.
I decided to make a peach and blueberry pie with maple syrup and a walnut crust. I've never made this pie before but I thought the flavours would work well together. It was certainly an experiment but I'm pleased to say that it turned out well.
For the walnut pastry
160g plain flour
1 tablespoon caster sugar
Pinch of salt
120g butter, cut into cubes
60ml cold water
For the filling
125g fresh blueberries
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons cornflour
4 tablespoons maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Lightly toast the walnuts and allow to cool slightly.
- Finely chop the nuts.
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, chopped nuts, sugar, salt and butter.
- Mix together with your fingers until they resemble breadcrumbs.
- Add the water and mix again to form a dough.
- Cover with clingfilm and chill for at least 30 minutes before using.
- Make the filling by rinsing the peaches and removing the stone. Cut into small slices and place in a medium sized bowl.
- Add the lemon juice and stir.
- Add in the blueberries, ground cinnamon, maple syrup and cornflour and mix well.
- Leave to one side, stirring occasionally.
- Once the pastry has been chilled, divide into 2 equal parts.
- Roll out to a circle large enough to line your pie dish.
- Use a slotted spoon to place the filling into the pie.
- Roll out the second half of the pastry and use to cover the top of the pie. Press the edges together to seal.
- Cut a few slits into the pie to allow it to breathe and brush the pastry with egg wash.
- Bake for approximately 35-45 minutes. You will need to cover with foil after about 30 minutes to prevent over browning of the pastry.
Disclaimer: I was sent a LeCreuset Pie Dish and compensated for the ingredients required for making this peach pie. The film shot is courtesy of Paramount pictures. All other images and written expressions are my own.
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