September 17, 2019

Ginger Peach Pie with Blueberries

A sweet and flavorful ginger peach pie with juicy blueberries and an all-butter crust. Everything to love about classic peach pie, with an ever-so-spicy twist.

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Is it completely blasphemous to still be baking with peaches and blueberries?

Here in northern Virginia, it’s still nearly ninety degrees, and the end-of-summer produce game is strong. Peaches and plums, tomatoes and corn, blackberries and zucchini – all abound, piled high next to rosy pears and every shape and size of pumpkin.

So it feels totally appropriate to sneak in at least one more summer dessert highlighting the seasonal bounty before fall baking kicks into high gear. Enter this berry peach beauty.

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I made this ginger peach pie with a combination of yellow and white peaches picked on our recent peach orchard adventure. I also added a handful of blueberries, and (as the title implies) tossed them all together with a bit of fresh ginger.

More goodness follows – brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon – and the resulting pie filling is jewel-toned, vibrant and sweet, and certainly not shy on flavor.

Combined with my favorite all-butter pie pastry, this lattice-topped beauty is a great way to say goodbye to summer and usher in those apples and pumpkins and pears that have been not-so-patiently waiting in the wings…

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Ginger Peach Pie with Blueberries

  • Author: Laura Bolton – Fork Knife Swoon
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: One 9-inch pie
  • Category: Baking, dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

A sweet and flavorful ginger peach pie with juicy blueberries and an all-butter crust. Everything to love about classic peach pie, with an ever-so-spicy twist.


Ingredients

for the all-butter pie crust:¹
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, very cold
2–1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
2 Tbsp organic cane sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
7–10 Tbsp ice water

for the ginger peach pie filling:
5-7 (about 5 cups) large peaches, peeled and sliced
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1/4 cup + 1 tsp organic cane sugar, divided
1–1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp fresh ginger
1 tsp fresh lemon zest
1/4 cup arrowroot starch ²
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp all-purpose flour
butter, for greasing
optional: egg wash (1 egg yolk plus 1 Tbsp cream or whole milk)
optional: Demerara sugar, for sprinkling


Instructions

Prepare the all-butter pie crust: Cut the butter into quarter-inch cubes then place in the freezer for at least ten minutes or until ready to use.

Pulse together the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor, once or twice until just combined. Add the butter cubes to the flour mixture and pulse a few times until the butter is evenly distributed, with the largest butter bits about dime-sized.

Add the vinegar and ice water, pulsing once or twice between each tablespoon addition. The dough is ready when it appears crumbly, but will easily hold together when pinched between two fingers. There should be pea-sized butter pieces throughout. It’s better to err on the side of a slightly wetter dough than too dry – you can always add a bit more flour when you’re rolling.

Turn the dough out onto a clean, lightly floured work surface and divide into two halves. Form each half into a round disk, working quickly and being careful not to over-handle the dough.

Wrap each disk tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes prior to rolling it out. The pastry may be made in advance and stored for up to a day in the refrigerator or – if wrapped very tightly in plastic wrap – about a month in the freezer.

How to make your blueberry ginger peach pie:

Prepare the bottom crust: Remove one disk of dough from the fridge. Wait about 5 minutes for the dough to warm slightly and become pliable. Meanwhile, generously butter a 9-inch pie plate. Set aside.

Place the dough in the center of a clean, lightly floured work surface. Using a rolling pin – I prefer to use a French (tapered) rolling pin – start in the center of the disk, and roll outwards, with firm but gentle pressure. Turn the dough and continue rolling towards the edges. As you work, don’t be afraid to sprinkle additional flour on top of the dough and underneath, as well as on the rolling pin to avoid sticking.

Continue rolling until the dough is about 2-inches larger in diameter than your pie pan and about 1/8-inch thick. As the dough gets larger, be careful to apply even pressure with the rolling pin across the entire surface of the dough.

Gently transfer the dough to your buttered pie pan, being careful not to pull or tear the dough. Use your fingers to gently fit the dough against the sides and bottom of the pan. Using kitchen shears, trim the overhanging dough, leaving about an inch of excess (from the edge of the pan). Place in the fridge while you prepare the filling.

Prepare the ginger peach filling: In a large mixing bowl, toss together the sliced peaches and blueberries with the brown sugar, sugar, vanilla, fresh ginger, and lemon zest until combined. Add the arrowroot starch, cinnamon, and ground ginger, and stir until combined. Set the fruit aside while you roll out the top crust (about 10-15 minutes).

Prepare the top crust: Roll the second disk of dough out as directed above, to about 10-inches in diameter and 1/8-inch thick. Use a pastry cutter, sharp knife or pizza wheel to cut out 8-10 equal-width strips for a traditional woven lattice top.

Assemble the pie: Remove the bottom crust from the refrigerator and sprinkle with 1 tsp each sugar and flour. Fill with the blueberry-peach mixture. Weave your lattice crust across the pie, tuck the ends under, and crimp the edges. Place the pie in the freezer to chill for 10-15 minutes.

Bake the pie: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Brush the pie pastry with the egg wash, if using, being careful not to drag any of the fruit filling onto the pastry (it will burn). Sprinkle with Demerara sugar (if using).

Place the pie on a nonstick or parchment paper lined rimmed sheet pan to catch any drips. Bake for 20-25 minutes on the bottom rack of the oven until the crust is beginning to turn golden brown.

Turn the oven temperature down to 375 degrees F., move the pie to the middle rack, and bake for an additional 30-40 minutes until the filling is bubbly and the pie is golden brown and cooked through. Use a pie crust shield or aluminum foil tent as necessary to prevent the crust from burning.

Remove the pie from the oven and let sit on a baking rack to cool for at least an hour before slicing. It will take a few hours to completely cool to room-temperature and fully set up.

Serve warm or at room temperature with big scoops of vanilla ice cream. Will keep for a day at room temperature or 3-4 days in the refrigerator.



Notes

¹ If making a chunkier, closely-woven lattice top (or adding decorative crust elements), you’ll likely need to make a total of three pie crusts – one bottom crust and two top crusts – to have enough pastry to roll out the lattice pieces and stamp out any design elements.
² I’ve tested multiple pie thickeners, and have found that arrowroot starch (a natural plant starch) works the very best. Unlike cornstarch, which can become cloudy and gummy, arrowroot starch creates a smooth, shiny sauce without a noticeably added taste. As a second choice, you can also substitute tapioca flour. Or, simply don’t worry about it, and enjoy a saucier pie!

Keywords: ginger peach pie, pie, classic, traditional, brown sugar peach pie, all butter crust, lattice pie, blueberries, blueberry peach, peach dessert, summer pie

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Louise
    September 23, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Your pie recipes are so delicious, Laura. We loved this one, too!

    • Reply
      Laura
      October 24, 2019 at 11:42 am

      Thanks, Louise! So happy to hear that 🙂