We're two sisters who are craft book publishers and found ourselves in the midst of an avocado grove. We bought this house where we planned to conduct our publishing business and in the deal got 4 acres of avocado trees thrown in. Now we're not only publishers but ranchers as well! This blog is all about avocados and anything else that strikes my fancy.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Peach Poacher or Poached Peaches?

I know, I know, this blog is supposed to be about avocados. But since it's called "Ladies of the Grove" I think it can be about anything in or near the grove.

Kathy, our neighbor across the road has a peach tree that is dripping with peaches. As you can see the branches are weighed down and almost touching the ground. So this morning I poached a big bagful. Actually I have to confess that Kathy said I could pick all that I wanted before the birds got to them. So I took her up on her offer. I really didn't steel them. Maybe she didn't think I would take as many as I did - but I'm going to make a peach pie and I'll give her a slice (if it turns out) and that will make her really happy and not mad at me for picking so many.

I'm going to make this lattice top peach pie that I made once before. Can't wait to try it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
If you have bunches of peaches, slice 'em up and bake a pie. Nothing's better than a fresh fruit pie in the summer.

Lattice-Top Peach Pie
1 package refrigerated pie crusts
6 cups thinly sliced, pared ripe peaches
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

1. Roll out 1 pie crust to fit your pie plate.
2. Roll out the other pie crust into a 12" circle. With a sharp knife, cut fourteen 3/4"-inch wide strips. Refrigerate until ready to use.
3. Preheat oven to 425ยบ.
4. Sprinkle the sliced peaches with lemon juice
5. Combine sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl and add to the peaches, tossing lightly to combine.
6. Turn the mixture into the pastry-lined pie plate. Dot with the butter pieces.
7. Moisten the edge of the pastry slightly with cold water. Arrange 7 pastry strips across the filling; press ends to the pastry edges.
8. Place the remaining 7 strips across the first ones, at right angles, to make the lattice. Press ends to the pastry edges.
9. Fold the overhang of the lower crust over the ends of the strips to make a rim.
10. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until the peaches are tender and the crust is golden.

Then enjoy with a big, big scoop of ice cream melting over the pie. Mmmmmm. Can't wait to dig in.


  1. We had a lovely peach tree on our property. My father planted it and we did get wonderful peaches each summer. He and my mother made peach jam and it was to die for. Another nice memory1 Thank you. Your recipe sounds divine.

  2. Beautiful photo of the peaches on the tree. Pie sounds great.