Saturday, February 8, 2014

Weekend Cooking: Peach Pie ala Joyce Maynard and Labor Day


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A few weeks ago I had the chance to see the movie Labor Day which is based on Joyce Maynard's book of the same title. The movie, starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet, features a scene where their characters make a peach pie - the peaches look luscious and juicy on a hot summer day and there is a sensuality between the two characters as they make the pie from scratch. While sitting in the theatre, I was transfixed by the scene and was hungry for pie when I left!


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 After doing a little research, I learned I was was not the only one affected by the scene - people are comparing it to the pottery wheel scene from the movie Ghost.. In this article, the author Joyce Maynard talks about the importance of the scene and how she even went on set and taught Josh Brolin to make the peach pie. The hard work paid off - the scene was definitely memorable!

From Epicurious, here is Joyce's peach pie recipe (they also have an article on the "sexy" peach pie scene with photos from the shoot).  I can't wait until the summer when Farmer's Markets have fresh peaches so I can whip this up!


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Ingredients:
3 pounds peaches
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Crisco vegetable shortening
1 stick plus 1 tablespoon chilled butter, cut into pieces
1/3 to 1/2 cup ice water
2 tablespoons Minute tapioca (plus 2 additional tablespoons to stir into peaches)
1 beaten egg
1 tablespoon sugar
Directions:
1. In a large bowl, combine the peaches, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Stir in 2 tbsp Minute Tapioca to help absorb juices. Let stand, stirring occasionally.
2. Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, work in the shortening and 1 stick of butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the ice water over the flour mixture, stirring gently with a fork. Continue adding the water just until the dough holds together. Shape the dough into a ball and divide it into two discs, one slightly larger than the other.
3. Place the smaller disc on a sheet of waxed paper, and use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll the dough into a 12-inch circle. If the dough sticks to the rolling pin, dust it lightly with more flour. Lay a 9- to 10-inch pie pan face down on top of the circle; flip the pan over and remove the paper. For the crust, on a sheet of waxed paper, roll out the other disc to form a 14-inch circle. Do not roll the dough more than necessary.
4. Sprinkle the tapioca on the bottom crust. Add the filling, mounding it in the center, and dot with 1 tablespoon butter. Lift the waxed paper with the remaining crust and flip it over the filling. Peel back waxed paper. Trim the edges of the crusts and pinch together the top and bottom crusts. Optional: Roll out the trimmings and cut into decorative shapes. Brush the pie with the egg, and arrange the shapes on the crust. Sprinkle with sugar. Poke fork holes or cut vents in the top crust. Put pie plate on cookie sheet to catch drips. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.


Read More http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/blogs/editor/2014/01/worlds-sexiest-pie-labor-day-kate-winslet-josh-brolin.html#ixzz2sgmYG32a

22 comments:

  1. I'll have to keep an eye out for the movie, don't think it's been released here yet.

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  2. I've heard so much about the peach pie scene; it definitely got me interested! LOL

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  3. That certainly was a memorable scene! You need to come down this way for your peaches - the best peaches in the world come from South Carolina.

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  4. I love peach pie! And I loved that book. Can't wait to see the movie. I love it that Maynard herself was on the movie set to give pie-making lessons.

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  5. I've heard about some book clubs making this peach pie! And - it's one of my favorite things in the summer when the peaches are fresh…that and grilled peaches with a drizzle of honey and sea salt!

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  6. I know, I wish it was summer because that peach pie looked incredible. I'm keeping this recipe for the time when I see fresh peaches at the market.

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  7. I can't wait to see this scene. I loved the book.

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  8. I love peach pie -- must see this movie now!!

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  9. I love peach pie, too. I've read Labor Day but haven't seen the movie yet.

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  10. I haven't come across the book or the movie - will keep an eye out. Love the look of the pie. Cheers

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  11. Great shot of the author demonstrating peach pie making. I loved the book...and the movie.

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  12. I'm not much into watching movies, but now after learning about the peach pie scene I think I need to watch it!

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  13. My hubby loves Peach Pie and that sounds easy yummy!
    I haven't read the book or seen the movie, but want to.

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  14. Now I want to see this movie -- just for the peach pie scene!

    Joy's Book Blog

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  15. Colleen, this seems yummy. I liked the book when it was first released, but forgot the details some 2 years later. Will probably wait for DVD.

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  16. Need to check out the book and the movie. And I think food can be far sexier than a pottery wheel :)

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  17. Have not read the book, seen the movie or made a pie...but now I want to do all three! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  18. It's the height of peach season right now in my part of the world, so this looks very appealing. Any suggestions for an alternative to the tapioca? It not an ingredient that I would ever use for anything else, so I'm reluctant to buy a packet for the sake of a couple of tablespoons. Could you use some breadcrumbs or almond meal instead?

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