Tuesday, April 24, 2012

There is no finished product because my men ate it.

What I should have titled this post was, "There is no finished photo of the pie I painstakingly made because my men obviously don't understand that I'm a blogger and every good blogger takes step-by-step photos of her work no matter how trivial for heaven's sake and so they gobbled up a whole pie without giving me a chance to set it out in good light and snap a photograph!"

But... that was kind of long.

And the point is this.  This pie is so good that you won't have time to take a photo of it, because it will be gone and enjoyed, that fast.  So really, I guess they did me a favor because if the pie was rotten, maybe I'd have a photo to show you.  I have to think about that for a minute...
My mama made this pie, (which technically isn't really a pie, it's more of a cobblery-cheesecake-pie-ish sort of dessert) my whole life. And I have never made it for anyone and had them not ask for the recipe when they left.  So when we went gluten free, I was a little sad about this pie.  And then it occurred to me that I might be able to covert the flour and make it work.  I changed the flour, and it was fantastic!  I will be trying it with other gluten free flour varieties in the future to see what I like best, but this was very close to the original pie.
When I got married, I spent a day going though my Mama's recipe box, copying down all my favorites.  (My Mama's a good cook y'all.) This recipe is still written on one of her cards, and I love that I wrote it down days before my wedding.  I'll give you the regular and gluten free version.  (If you're not GF, make this the regular way and don't blame me if you find yourselves eating it right out of the pan.) In fact, my son (in between huge mouthfuls) was sitting at the table eating his pie all alone as I cleaned dinner dishes... and he said, "Well Mom, there's a lot of things I could say about this pie, but they all mean the same thing.  THIS PIE IS AWESOME."  So there ya go.
Mama's Peaches and Cream Pie: 
3/4 c flour (For gluten free version, substitute coconut flour) 
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 1/4 oz dry Jell-O brand vanilla pudding (NOT instant)
3 TBSP butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
*Beat above ingredients in mixing bowl 2 minutes on medium speed until well blended. Pour into buttered pie plate and set aside.

(1) 15-20 oz can sliced peaches (drained over a bowl, reserving liquid)
*Place peaches gently over batter 

(1) 8oz pkg room temperature cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
3 TBSP reserved peach juice
*Combine in mixing bowl and beat 2 minutes.  Spoon over peaches to within one inch of edge.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  Bake 350 for 30-35 minutes, until crust is golden brown.  Filling will appear slightly soft.  Cool and chill in refrigerator until cold.  (Or serve it warm if you like your desert gooey.  You can't go wrong.)

Now, go forth and eat pie.


  1. sounds heavenly ~ I've been thinking about going gluten free here after reading about your change ~ have to get my hands on some coconut flour, rice flour, xanthum gum - haven't even heard of these items before...thanks for sharing of your recipes :)

  2. Well, I have to make this so I know what the finished pie looks like...LOL! It sounds yummy and our Trader Joe's has the yummies jarred peaches.

  3. Uh huh. going on my list of 'to-do's'. And I like the idea of the coconut flour. (I am GF) have not tried that flour yet!

  4. Oh my goodness! Can't wait to try it!

  5. This looks lovely! And I like the idea you could do it pretty last minute because it's just store-cupboard ingredients. Please could you tell me more about dry Jell-O brand vanilla pudding? It's not something we've got in the UK but if someone could describe it to me I might be able to work out an equivalent!

  6. oh my yum. my honey loves peach cobbler. so he is going to go crazy over this. or at least eat it all. mmm. thank YOU!

  7. Heavens to Betsy!!!! I am totally trying this- it sounds delish! BUT... We don't really eat peaches. I think I'll try it with strawberries. (I hope you don't mind if I sustitue your mom's recipe!). I'll post and link back as soon as I do!

  8. This looks really yummy! Perfect for summer.

  9. Too funny!! This is something my husband would love anything peach cobbler, pie, ice cream he will die for it. It looks so happy & bright.

  10. lol! The whole pie, huh? Wow! That must be some pie! :)

  11. I was looking for a pie/ cobbler recipe of some kind for my son's bday party. You see it is a farmer/ cowboy/ country party and I didn't want the some old cake thing. I wanted a pie/ cobbler to put in small masons jars... and well I think this just might be it! thanks for sharing!

    fyi: your 'pin it' botton is working now :)

  12. Oh my...that's all I can say friend. I want a piece so bad. Not on my way down though;) Teach me the pin this button pretty please. I messed with this recently and never could figure it out.

  13. I'm making this right now! question, is the crust part supposed to be runny before you bake it? mine was, and i thought it might be a difference in the flour? i'm not sure what happened.

    1. Jade- Yes it will be runny if you don't use a gluten free flour! I should have said that but I forgot since I was using coconut flour instead. I hope you loved it!

    2. yeah, it turned out great! everyone loved it. thanks for the great recipe!

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