Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Little Birdie & Peach Pie

If you've been following this blog for at least a few months, you know that I love pie baking.  And you're also aware that my pie crust skills are lacking!

My pies taste delicious but aren't very pretty.

So when I saw this little ceramic pie bird at the flea market recently, I just had to have her!

Pie birds, also known as crustholders, pie vents and pie chimneys, actually come in lots of different shapes, not just birds, but houses, people and all sorts of critters.  The small arch at the bottom allows steam to enter the hollow body and escape through its gaping mouth so that other piercing isn't necessary ~ just what a pastry-challenged gal like me needs!

All I did was lay the bottom crust in the dish, place the bird in the middle, filled the crust with the fruit and laid the top crust right over her, poking her beak through the crust.  This little birdie also helped support the upper crust ~ no collapsing!

This peach pie was delicious and pretty!

Thanks to Donna from Sugar Spice and Southern Life for sharing her famous Brown Sugar Cinnamon Peach Pie recipe ~ it's amaze-balls good!  Donna says I can share the recipe with you, so please be sure to pay her a visit, OK?

8 large, fresh, firm, ripe peaches (about 4 pounds)
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
Pie crust

1.  Preheat oven to 425
2.  Peel peaches, cut into 1/2 inch slices and cut slices in half.
3.  Stir together brown sugar and next 4 ingredients.  4.  Add peaches, stirring to coat
5.  Immediately spoon mixture into piecrust and dot with butter (do not make mixture ahead of time or it will become too juicy).
6.  Freeze pie 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, heat a cookie sheet in oven for 10 minutes.
7.  Place pie on hot cookie sheet and bake on lower oven rack 15 minutes.
8.  Reduce oven temperature to 375 and bake 40 minutes (cover loosely with foil to prevent excessive browning).
9.  Remove foil and bake for 25 more minutes or until juices are thick and bubbly.  Remove from oven and let cool for 2 hours before serving.
10.  Enjoy!

So what's your favorite pie?  Do tell and you're automatically entered to win one of these coin purses from Tracy's Treasures:

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Paula Parrish said...

Hello Cindy,
Your new pie bird is so cute and useful. I have never heard of a pie vent before; just super clever. My favorite pie is the traditional apple pie; so yummy.
Smiles, Paula

Anonymous said...

awww what can i say more than awww

Jingle said...

They all look fabulous to me, but the bird is quite adorable!

Cindy said...

Okay I never knew that about the bird!! I am a cobbler gal...pies usually flop...but taste good...lol
I am a coconut creme girl or the old fashion lemon meringue pies.

But that peach looks delish and I will give it a try.

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Donna said...

Now I need a bird for my pies! Your pie is gorgeous and I know it tastes good!

lln001 said...

you've inspired me! I just bought a vintage rooster pie vent. Will go perfect since we have chickens too! Can't wait to get it and try out the recipe you shared with us!

Suz said...

Looks like a success to me!

Michaele said...

Now who the heck thought that up. How very cool! My very favorite pie would be pecan I suppose. That was a hard one.

My Vintage Mending said...

I have that sweet pie bird but I have never used him. He looks great oh and the pie looks yummy. I adore my Mamaw's Chocolate Pie. She taught me once and I am still trying to perfect it. Thanks for sharing...smiles...Renee

LBP said...

Maybe what I need is a pie bird!!! My pies are delicious but look like they were made by a 3 year old!

I will have to be on the lookout for one. My favorite pie is pumpkin and I can hardly wait until Thanksgiving to make one!



Sweet Bee Cottage said...

My stars that looks delicious! Wish I'd seen this when peaches were still readily available. Well, that's what next year is for. And don't you just love Donna? She is such a sweetheart!

quiltjude said...

Pies don't need to be pretty they just need to be delicious :)

Dell said...

I have never used a pie bird. I just love it! It is cute coming out of that sumptious pie!!!