Pantry Peach Pie with Redbud
Does this pie look homemade?
It isn't. I mean - it kind of is because I did put it in my oven and pull it out 30 minutes later and my family ate warm peach pie a while later.
That is homemade, right? Well, again I say kind-of.
I call this my pantry peach pie and it is a variation on a dessert I make all the time.
The trick? Using cake mix as a crumb and fresh redbuds.
Frozen or Refrigerated Pie Crust
Canned or Frozen (or FRESH!) Peaches (or raspberries, or blueberries or any fruit you choose)
Cake Mix (White or Yellow) -- around 1/4 of a cup
Butter -- 2-4 Tablespoons
Sugar -- 2-4 Tablespoons
COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Lay out the crust in your pie plate and let it "toast" in the oven to get the bottom a little less gummy in the final product. (Just until the crust starts to barely turn color and the room starts to smell good.)
3. Pile whatever fruit you have on hand into the crust. The best is fresh, but this is a pantry pie, so I am using what we have on hand -- it happens to be frozen peaches. Use any fruit you want, but to keep the pie slightly more healthful, stick to plain old frozen fruit as opposed to any pie mixes.
4. Sprinkle a bit of sugar over the fruit -- don't go overboard...just a sprinkling.
5. HERE'S THE TRICK In a separate bowl, start with 2 tablespoons of room temp (NOT melted) butter with around 1/4 of a cup of cake mix. Don't add eggs or oil - just a little butter with a little cake mix. Mix the two ingredients with your fingers until they start to make a crumb. Add more cake mix and or butter until the consistency is literally crumbly and crumby. (Make sense?)
6. Sprinkle this over the center of the pie and tuck the edges of the crust around the pie.
7. Bake until the fruit is bubbling and the crust and crumb has turned slightly brown. Once the pie has cooled for around 10 minutes, a sprinkling of redbud adds a bit of color and tricks your family into thinking the pie might be "from scratch".
A favorite alternative to this pie is a simple berry crumble. Simply throw all the frozen berries leftover in your fridge in a pie plate. (you DO keep a supply of frozen berries in your fridge don't you?? They are perfect for cooling down oatmeal, adding to smoothies and afternoon treats for the bebes!) Sprinkle with a little sugar, add the crumb and bake. Forget the pie crust and bulk up on more fruit and your dessert just got a little bit better for you!