I love it when peaches are in season! I love walking into the produce section and their sweet aroma just hits you right in the nose. Summer peaches are perfection.
This pie can be made with frozen peaches too, but nothing beats a fresh summer peach. Save this recipe to bring to your summer BBQs! Don’t worry about the vodka; the alcohol cooks out so it remains kid-friendly!
8 peaches, peeled and sliced thin
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
¼ to ½ teaspoon each ground cloves, ground nutmeg, allspice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup ice cold peach vodka*
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Double crust pie dough, store bought or homemade:
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter, cold and cubed
8-10 tablespoons ice cold peach vodka**
*Can use unflavored vodka. I used Deep Eddy’s Peach vodka. Pinnacle also makes a really good peach vodka. No matter what you use, make sure it is ice cold.
**You can just use ice water here. The vodka make the crust really flaky.
In a large bowl, add your sliced peaches, both sugars, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, lemon juice, vodka, and cornstarch. Mix well and let sit for 10 minutes or so.
If making your own pie crust, combine the flour, salt, and butter until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Slowly add the vodka until it all comes together to form a ball of dough.
Cut the dough in half and roll it out and place in a pie dish as the bottom of the pie. Pour the peaches into the pie plate, careful not to add too much of the liquid. Set aside.
For the top, you can just roll it out and lay it on the peaches. Cut some vents in the top for steam to escape. You can also cut the rolled dough into strips and make a lattice top. Either way, brush the top with an egg wash to make sure your crust is nice a golden brown after baking.
Loosely cover with foil and bake at 375 for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes.
Serve warm or cold, with ice cream or whipped cream. Or however you want. It will be good no matter how you eat it.