American pie

Peach pie in the raw

Saturday was a very Martha-Stewartsy day. I cut our homemade soap. Planted 60 tulip bulbs. And baked a pie for the naturalization party of a good friend's daughter, whose birth country is Tibet.

Orginally I had thought to make brownies, but when our neighbor presented us with a bag of peaches from the tree across the street, the die was cast.

At the party we were asked to write our ideas of what it means to be an American for the new citizen. I wrote something lame about self expression, but later thought that it's really about possibility. That in spite of the damage we've done to our reputation as Americans on the global stage, the world is watching this election slack-jawed, amazed by the diversity of the tickets and the message of possibility for future generations contained therein. Kinda makes you want to wave a flag, doesn't. Albeit an itty bitty one.

Anyway, our country is lucky to have the newly minted citizen we celebrated on Saturday. At 13 she is a poised, empathetic young woman who works hard and cares deeply about others. Lucky us to have her on our team.

Back to dessert. I didn't skin the peaches, because I'm lazy preferring a rustic pie, but simply sliced and tossed them with 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 TBs flour, the juice from 1/2 a lemon and a 1/2 tsp almond extract.

I use another neighbor's crust recipe, which goes as follows:

2 cups flour

7/8 cup butter

1.5 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1.5 tsp vinegar

1 small egg

1/4 cup cold water

Instructions: Combine the first four ingredients in a food processor and pulse gently. Combine liquids and whisk together in separate bowl. Add slowly to food processor and pulse until mixture is moistened. (Don't over pulse or you'll end up with cardboard. Ask me how I know.)

Mold into ball and chill at least 15 minutes before rolling. Make crust. Fill. Back at 375 degrees for about an hour. Allow to cool.

Arty raw pie picture

Local pie

Comments (5) -

September 15. 2008 21:55

Deborah Robson


There are vitamins in fruit peels, too.

Deborah Robson |

September 15. 2008 21:57

Deborah Robson

What's this gravatar thing? I went and looked, but it seems to have assigned me an image that looks like me trying to make computers work.

Deborah Robson |

September 16. 2008 07:37

Ann T

Love the pie - the sad part, unless I am mistaken, is that your newly Americanized citizen - can't be elected President.  It is one of those laws that should be changed - I would like my internationally adopted child to be able to be whatever he would like (even President), but with the current system can't.  Give her a hug - and we as a country are blessed to have her.

Ann T |

September 17. 2008 08:16

Stephanie Geyer

As a consumer of said pie, I can attest to not only the absolute beauty of the thing, but the amazing taste and texture of the crust. Thanks, Leslie, for sharing with us.

P.S. Drolma does plan on becoming president one day. She has dreamed of it many times and I think she is certainly meant for big things (but I'm her mama, so there). Maybe after Arnold is gone from CA, we can work on a vote to repeal that naturalized citizen issue for our candidates?

Stephanie Geyer |

September 17. 2008 19:40

Ann T

I couldn't agree more-best wishes on your daughter.  

Ann T |

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