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Peach Crumble Pie

Peach Crumble Pie 6.000

Scott Suchman for The Washington Post; styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Jul 23, 2021

When peaches are in season, it’s tempting to eat them all fresh, right out of hand. But, at least once a year, it’s nice to bake a few into a summery pie. For this recipe, the crust and crumble topping are made out of the same cookie-like mix. The crust gets pressed into a pie plate, and is filled with a not-too-sweet peach filling before it’s topped with the crumble and slid into a hot oven. If you use ripe peaches — or nectarines — there’s no need to peel them; the peels give the baked pie a rosy hue. (If you prefer them peeled, see NOTE.) You can make the crust using all all-purpose flour, but for a more tender, flavorful crust, try the almond flour as suggested. Freezing the crust and crumble before baking ensures they turn out crisp instead of soggy; baking the pie on a sheet pan that preheats with the oven ensures a sturdy bottom crust and keeps any juices from bubbling over into your oven.

Active time: 30 mins; Total time: 1 hour 30 mins, plus cooling time

Make Ahead: Crust and crumble may be well wrapped and frozen for up to 2 weeks.

Storage Notes: Leftover pie may be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

6 - 8

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Tested size: 6-8 servings; makes 1 9-inch pie.

  • For the crust and crumble
  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (50 grams) almond or oat flour, or an additional 1/2 cup (63 grams) all-purpose
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt
  • 1 3/4 sticks (200 grams) unsalted butter, softened but cool to the touch, cubed
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • For the filling
  • 2 1/4 pounds peaches (about 6 medium; see NOTE)
  • 2/3 cup (135 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (40 grams) cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste (optional)


Place a 9-inch pie plate in the freezer.

Make the crust and crumble: In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar and salt. Add the butter, and using your fingers or a pastry cutter, blend it into the dry ingredients until it’s no longer visible and the mixture holds together in loose clumps when pressed.

Scoop about 1 1/2 cups (235 grams) of the mixture into a small bowl, and add the brown sugar and egg yolk. Using your fingers or a fork, mix it together well, forming small and larger crumble nubbins as you go. Place the bowl of crumble in the freezer and retrieve the pie plate.

Whisk the egg white until frothy, then add it to the remaining flour-and-butter mixture. Using a fork or your fingers, stir the mixture together until it's evenly moistened and holds together when squeezed. Press it into the bottom and up the sides of the cold pie plate, forming an even layer and a short lip at the top. Work quickly, so the warmth from your hands doesn’t melt the butter in the dough.

Return the crust to the freezer, and freeze until solid, 15 to 20 minutes.

Place a rimmed baking sheet on a rack positioned in the middle of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees.

Make the filling: While the crust is chilling, pit and cut the peaches into approximately 3/4-inch-thick slices. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, cornstarch and salt until no lumps remain. Add the peaches, lemon juice and vanilla, if using, tossing until evenly mixed.

Retrieve the pie crust and crumble topping from the freezer. Pour the filling into the crust, top it with the crumble and place it on the rimmed baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Check to see if crumble or the edges of the crust are browning too quickly. If so, loosely cover the top of the pie with aluminum foil. Continue baking for an additional 20 to 30 minutes, or until the crust and crumble are well-browned and the peach juices are thick and form a few slow-to-pop bubbles along the edge. Let the pie cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before slicing and serving.

NOTE: Fresh peaches are best here, but you can also use unsweetened (or very lightly sweetened) canned peaches. You can also use sliced frozen peaches; do not defrost before using.

To peel whole peaches, fill a large bowl with ice water. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Score a long, shallow “X” into the bottom of each peach before lowering them one at a time into the boiling water. Let them boil for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the peels start to loosen. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the peaches to the ice bath and let them cool for a few minutes. Drain and use your fingers to peel the peaches before continuing with the recipe.

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From staff writer G. Daniela Galarza

Tested by Ann Maloney.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 8): 486

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 24g 37%

Saturated Fat: 13g 65%

Cholesterol: 76mg 25%

Sodium: 232mg 10%

Total Carbohydrates: 64g 21%

Dietary Fiber: 4g 16%

Sugar: 33g

Protein: 7g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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