There is just one time of the year when peaches are at their best, and it's now!  I have a couple of recipes that are a must when peaches are so perfect and in season.  Fresh Peach Pie is one of them.  Of course, a hint of Lavender makes it even better.   In my humble opinion, when you have a perfect peach - it's a crime to cook it.  Ok , not a crime but maybe a sin!  I've been frequenting my favorite fruit stand in Perry Utah called "Pettingills".  Their peaches were so giant and delicious I immediately thought of the book "James and the Giant Peach".  So get some of your local peaches and try this recipe.  You'll be glad you did.  Next week I'm going to give you my recipe for "Peach Bavarian" with macaroons cookies.   Bon Appetite,  Peggy

Fresh Peach Pie

4 cups sliced FRESH peaches
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1/4 cup  Lavender sugar or regular sugar
3 Tbs. cornstarch
1 Tbs. butter 
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. almond extract
whipped cream

1 9-inch baked pie crust
( see older post for Peggy's pie crust)
* note:  the secret to a nice crispy crust is to sprinkle sugar on the bottom before cooking.  Lavender sugar is even better. 

Peel and slice peaches.  In a medium bowl sprinkle on sugar and lemon juice;  allow to stand for 1 hour.  Drain off juice.  You should have 1 cup.  If not you can add water, orange or pineapple juice.  Combine peach juice and cornstarch in a small pan over med. heat.  Stir and cook until thick.  Add in butter, almond extract and salt.  Cool.  Pour into bowl with peaches and gently mix.  Fill your pie crust with the peaches and chill.   top with whipping cream.  


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