Bourbon Caramel Peach Pie In A Jar
By Chef Lippe
This weekend I am hosting a family BBQ and I am making the peach pie. Now if your family is like mine everyone brings way to much food and there is a doggie bag with at least one more meal for everyone to take home. And by the time you eat hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken, potato salad, chips, cheese, and several other versions of salad, when the pies come out I just shake my head and say I CAN”T EAT ANOTHER BITE! So now the problem is how do I get some of that wonderful peach pie home?
Pie in a jar! Yes I made my pie in small canning jars and brought the tops so the jars could be re-used.
Then to spice up my peach pie I used Grandma’s lard pie recipe so the curst would just melt in your mouth, Granddads homemade moonshine (this recipe calls for your favorite brand of legal bourbon) and NO I am not sharing the family secret for the moonshine! But I remember many times as a child sitting with my grandfather and his friends while they cooked the mash down. I got to be the “tester” to see what proof was coming out! Then we would drive the now useless mash out into the corn field and dump it for the birds to come and eat and watch them try to fly just a little drunk. Ok another story all together.
Grandma’s pie crust, Granddads bourbon, fresh peaches and now my wife’s favorite CARAMEL. Okay now all sides of the family will be happy.
Lard Pie Curst Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups cold lard or butter
1/3 cup ice water
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
Extra flour for rolling
In a bowl, stir the flour and to mix them.
Add the lard and with a blunt knife, cut the lard into small pieces, then with 2 blunt knives or a pastry blender, work the flour until it forms tiny crumbs.
In another bowl, mix the water and vinegar, sprinkle the water a little at a time into the flour mixtures until it forms a large ball. Divide dough into 8 smaller balls and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Peach Pie Filling
3 pounds ripe yellow peaches, skinned, pitted and sliced
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 ½ tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
½ cup sugar or sugar to taste
3 tablespoons butter cubed
4 tablespoons bourbon
Toss the peaches with cornstarch, flour, lemon juice and salt. Set aside.
Make the bourbon caramel by melting the sugar in a cooking pot over medium heat, shaking pot every other minute to distribute the sugar crystals evenly. Do not stir the contents of the pot. Let the sugar melt until it becomes a dark amber, then take the pot off the heat and add the butter and bourbon (be careful the caramel will sputter), and then return the pot to the stove, whisking until the butter and bourbon are fully incorporated.
Pour the caramel over the peaches and toss to mix.
Directions to make pie in jar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Allow pie crusts to sit at room temperature 10 minutes before using.
Roll each ball into a small round pie shape. Fit into a clean dry jar, pressing crust to fit up the sides and along the bottom of each jar.
Fill each jar with peach mixture and let sit while you make the tops.
Roll out dough into a circle and use the top of a jar to cut circles the same size as the jar mouth. Cut each circle into strips.
Press peaches into the jars and add more filling if needed. Fill with remaining liquid then make a lattice pie crust top with dough strips.
Place jars on baking sheet and place in preheated 400 degree oven. Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
Cool before serving.
Top with whipped cream dusted with nutmeg or cinnamon, or bourbon vanilla ice cream.