Friday, October 8, 2010

Fresh Peach Pie with Cream Cheese Crust!

So, not a lot of healthy eating for us this week...I went through a package of butter, a pint of cream and we ate meat twice but let me tell you, we had some great tasting stuff! And those of you with an indulgent streak, like me, will benefit :) Here is one of the amazing peach desserts I made with our box of fresh peaches this week. I actually only chilled it for like 30 minutes at the end but my peaches and cream were already cold, so it held together OK. Divine!
P.S. This is the best-tasting pie crust in the WORLD!!

Cream cheese crust:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour , plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Peach filling:
  • 9 ripe peaches
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
To make crust: Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl and stir to mix. Set aside. With an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter until well blended. Add vanilla and almond extracts and stir to blend. Add sugar and stir until well blended. Add flour mixture, and blend thoroughly. Do not overmix.

With lightly floured hands, form dough into a flat round. Wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to handle, about 1 hour (dough will be slightly sticky).

On a lightly floured work surface, roll dough out into a 12-inch round, 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Roll dough up onto rolling pin, then place in a 2-inch-deep, 9-inch pie pan. Press dough lightly into bottom and sides of pan. Trim excess dough. Using a fork, press edges of dough down on lip of pie pan. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes or overnight before baking.

Preheat oven to 350. Bake crust until light brown and puffy, 25 to 30 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.

To make filling: In the meantime, peel, pit, and slice peaches. Mix with 1/2 cup sugar and spread evenly over prepared crust. Whip cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form; add remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff. Top peaches with whipped cream and refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 8 hours.

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