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Sandra Gutierrez’s Peach-Pecan Pie

Updated June 30, 2017
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Editor's Note: When you think of Southern dessert recipes, you likely think of pecan pie and peach pie. In this recipe for Sandra Gutierrez’s Peach-Pecan Pie, you'll get the best of both worlds! This recipe for Peach Pecan Pie is perfect for those special occasions where only a rich and decadent dessert pie recipe will do. You'll love having this delicious recipe up your sleeves for your neighborhood's block party, book club meeting, or special get-together with a few friends. Consider serving a (small!) slice of this peach pecan pie along with a scoop of your favorite plain or vanilla Greek yogurt, too. 

Two simple steps and you will have before you a fantastic pie, created by my friend Sandra Gutierrez. Stir up a custard, crumble up a pecan topping, and stand by for applause and recipe requests. A master cooking teacher, Sandra came up with the pie when she ran out of heavy cream and had sour cream on hand. The resulting custard, like pastry cream with an enchanting tangy flavor, makes a luscious foil for ripe plums or nectarines as well. Sandra suggested I enjoy it with a dollop of cinnamon-spiked whipped cream and, as usual, she was right. Delicious!

Cooking MethodBaking

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 4 hours

OccasionBuffet, Buffet Meal, Card Night, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get Together

Recipe CourseDessert

EquipmentFood Processor

Taste and TextureButtery, Fruity, Nutty, Spiced, Sweet

Type of DishDessert, Pie

Ingredients

  • Pastry for a 9-inch single-crust pie (store-bought or basic Butter Pie Crust)
  • 3 cups peeled, sliced peaches, fresh or frozen (6 medium peaches; see Note below) 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 2/3 cup sour cream 
  • 3 egg yolks 
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cold butter 
  • ½ cup sugar 
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • ½ cup (2 ounces) chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-inch pie pan with crust and then crimp the edges decoratively.

  2. To make the filling:

  3. Scatter the peaches over the bottom of the piecrust.

  4. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, sour cream, egg yolks, and Hour. Using a whisk or a fork, stir to mix everything into a thick, rich sauce. Pour this evenly over the peaches.

  5. Place the pie on the center shelf of the oven. Bake until the custard is set and the crust is handsomely browned, about 45 to 55 minutes.

  6. To make the topping:

  7. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the butter, sugar, Hour, and cinnamon. Pulse the machine on and off, until the mixture resembles small peas. (Or use a pastry blender or your hands to mix and mash up the dry ingredients with the butter, making a crumbly mixture.) Stir in the chopped pecans, and set aside.

  8. Remove the pie from the oven, and scatter the topping all over the pie. Return to the oven and bake until the pie is golden brown, 20 to 30 minutes more.

  9. Place the pie on a cooling rack or a folded kitchen towel and let cool for at least 45 minutes. Serve warm, or refrigerate and serve cold.

Note

You can use frozen peaches here, without thawing. Cut them crosswise into large chunks, so that you can quickly get them into the pie filling.

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Nancie - thanks for clarifying! And to arroba and our other readers, we did indeed make the necessary changes with Nancie's help to make sure this recipe will work for you. I have to say, it's exciting to work for a recipe website where the chefs and cookbook authors themselves will step in and answer user questions! All the best, Kara Rota Director, Editorial & Partnerships

Hello, Arroba! My mistake --- this recipe came from my cookbook, and the error, my bad, came with it! Thank you for catching it, and thanks to Cookstr for correcting my mistake, speedy-quick...Hope your Labor Day weekend is full of feasts and fun! Nancie McDermott

Recipe calls for "Pastry for a 9-inch double crust pie" but uses only one crust. This discrepancy needs to be corrected in the interest of accuracy (good editing?)

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