With summer well underway, there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than baking a South Carolina favorite, peach pie.
We’re currently in the height of South Carolina’s sweetest time of year: Certified South Carolina peach season. Our roadside stands, farmers markets and grocery stores are filled to the brim with delicious, locally grown peaches. Nothing screams summer quite like biting into a juicy peach or scooping out a warm helping of peach cobbler. But, you don’t have to miss peach season the rest of the year. True Southerners know the importance of taking fruits and veggies at the height of their season and preserving them for year-round consumption
There are many ways to savor the flavor of summertime peaches, from canning sliced peaches to preserving peach salsas but a fan-favorite of Mrs. Blanche Weathers, First Lady of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, is freezing them pre-prepped for her Almost Summertime Peach Pie.
Almost Summertime Peach Pie
- 4 cups peaches, peeled and sliced
- 1¼ cup sugar
- 2½ tablespoons tapioca starch
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 batches pie dough
- In a bowl, toss peaches with sugar, tapioca starch, and lemon juice. Filling can be made ahead of time and frozen in a zip-top freezer bag.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and thaw peach mixture if frozen. In a prepared crust, transfer peach mixture. Top with second crust and bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling, about 1 hour.
No matter the season, you’re never more than one hour away from a bubbly peach pie! To find a South Carolina peach farmer in your area, visit CertifiedSC.com or follow Certified South Carolina on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.