Easy as Peach Pie

Cooking with Kids Dessert

I hadn’t planned on publishing a peach pie recipe today. I hadn’t even really planned on making peach pie until my older daughter suggested it after we came home with a load of seasonal peaches.

She got the idea from Daniel Tiger, of course. The episode “Daniel’s Allergy is a favorite in our house due to how it has helped my children understand my younger daughter’s peanut and tree nut allergies. In the episode, Daniel is supposed to make peach pie with his family but quickly learns that he’s actually allergic to peaches.

So, peach pie is out for Daniel, but not for us! It was my daughter’s first idea when I suggested that we cook something with our peach haul.

As is typically the case when I cook something new, most of the recipes I quickly searched for online looked overly complicated (especially when cooking with a four-year-old) so I muddled together a few recipes and filled in the gaps with my food science training.

The result? You CAN make a delicious fruit-based pie with your kids with no more effort than it takes to bake cookies. Speaking of baking cookies, your kids will probably have just as much fun cutting shapes out of pie dough. Although technically these are Play-Doh cutters…

The point of all this is to say that you really don’t need to plan much in advance to make this pie (or any other). If you have flour, sugar and butter, you don’t even need to go shopping other than to pick up the fruit.

But I’m actually not encouraging you to make THIS PIE, necessarily. I’m encouraging you to listen to your kids and support their curiosity in the kitchen. Fostering their creativity and independence in this way develops their autonomy and helps them learn to try new foods.

Bonus: You can make this with any kind of fruit! So grab you child’s favorite and get cooking.

Easy as Peach Pie

Make this quick pie on a lazy afternoon for a fruit-based dessert the whole family will love.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, cookingwithkids, fruit, peaches, pie
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Pie Dough

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 4 oz. stick butter, chopped into small pieces Chop in advance and freeze, if you have the forethought to do so. Otherwise, cold is fine.
  • 1/3 cup ice water

Filling

  • 3-4 cups sliced peaches
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar

Instructions

Pie Dough

  1. Add the flour and sugar to the bowl of a food processor. Add the cold butter and pulse, until the mixture resembles wet sand. Be careful not to over mix.

  2. Add the ice water a little at a time and continue to pulse, just until a ball of dough begins to form.

  3. Remove the dough and refrigerate while you make the pie filling.

Pie Filling

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie pan.

  2. Sprinkle the sugar, corn starch and lemon juice over the sliced peaches. Gently toss to combine. Set aside.

  3. Roll the pie dough out into a large circle about 1/4 inch thick. Place your pie pan upside-down over the circle and trim away the excess dough to reserve for the top of the pie.

  4. Gently lay the dough circle over the pie dish (now right side-up, of course). Use a slotted spoon to fill the pie with the sliced peach mixture, discarding the excess liquid.

  5. Roll out the remaining pie dough and use cookie (or Play-dough) cutters to cut out little shapes.

  6. You can decorate the top of the pie however you like. What I did in the pie pictured is pinch the outer edge inward and let my kid top it with the shapes we made.

  7. Brush the crust with melted butter. Top with granulated sugar.

  8. Bake for 40 minutes or until the crust is golden.

 

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