Fresh Peach Pie + Three More Easy Summer Peach Recipes

Some lucky summers, it can be all about the peaches, a veritable "Peach Festival"! Here are four of my very favorite peach recipes.

First up, a luscious peach pie, a recipe I've been making for many years, kissed with a little orange that somehow makes the peaches just a little bit more "peachy". I call it "Fresh Peach Pie" because the peaches are aren't even really cooked, they're sweet and slightly firm, so so fresh!

Then three simple summer recipes, a chilled Peach & Cantaloupe Soup (or wait, isn't that kind of a peach smoothie? you decide), a savory Peach Appetizer, and the oh-so-luscious Roasted Peaches, one of my favorite simple summer desserts.

Fresh Peach Pie ♥, luscious summer pie, fresh peaches in light orange sauce, topped with whipped cream.

Oh, do you know the muffin man, the one that lives on Drury Lane? You may recognize this old nursery rhyme but do you know the peaches man, the one at Kirkwood Market?

My nearby "peach man" lives at CJ’s Produce where he sells sun-blushed Eckert peaches from now til Labor Day. St. Louisans are lucky to have over-the-sink eatable and pie’n’preserve-perfect peaches grown just across the river on farms where fruit trees first blossomed 145 years ago. Lucky us, for a few summer weeks, life can be all about the peaches.

Fresh Peach Pie really lets the peaches shine. The fruit softens more than cooks. The light orange sauce deepens and brightens the peach flavor. It’s a winner.


Just stir a few red pepper flakes, a couple of drops of Tabasco, some minced jalapeño and a fresh chopped peach into peach preserves. Spread over Homemade Ricotta, cream cheese or goat cheese and serve with crackers or thin slices of bread.


In a blender, just mix four skins-on peaches, half a cantaloupe, 1/2 cup nonfat yogurt, 2 tablespoons orange liqueur, 2 tablespoons fresh mint, the zest and juice of a lemon, plus sugar to taste. The soup is especially pretty served in clear glass bowls. For a starter, top with crumbled feta; for a dessert, drizzle with cream. Or serve it in a glass, like a peach smoothie!


For a simple dessert, just put a teaspoon of brown sugar and butter into peach halves, top with a little cinnamon, a sprinkle of good salt and a few strands of fresh basil. Roast for 20 minutes at 350F, then top with a tiny spoon of sour cream. Peach-licious!
ALANNA's TIPS Be sure the peaches are ripe but not overripe. They'll cook a little bit while blanching and soften a little more when mixed into the hot filling. But they're not really "cooked" so must be ripe and luscious. If using the orange zest garnish, keep it fresh and supple by leaving in soaked water until ready to use, then dry between paper towels.
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It's all about the peaches
Hands-on time: 30 minutes
Time to table: 2 – 3 hours
Serves 8
  • Water to cover
  • 6 large fully ripe peaches (about 2-1/4 pounds/1020g)
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar (Splenda also works great)
  • 3 tablespoons (27g) cornstarch
  • Zest of an orange
  • 1 cup orange juice (fresh-squeezed is wonderful)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (again, Splenda works great)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Orange zest for garnish, optional

BLANCH & CHOP THE PEACHES Remove the peach skins by "blanching". Here's how. Bring water to boil in a big saucepan. Two or three at a time, drop peaches into the boiling water for 1 minute. (Set a time, no longer!) Remove the peaches with a slotted spoon and let cool to the touch. Repeat with the remaining peaches. Once the peaches are cool enough to touch, slice to the pit lengthwise, slip off skins. Slice each half into six pieces, then halve the pieces.

COOK THE FILLING Meanwhile, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and zest in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Slowly stir in the orange juice and cook until the mixture thickens, stirring often. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter and extract. Gently combine the hot filling with the sliced peaches and turn the mixture into the prepared pie crust. Cover the filling with plastic wrap (avoid the crust's edges so they don't get soggy) and refrigerate the pie for 2 – 3 hours until thoroughly cold and set.

WHIPPED CREAM TOPPING Just before serving, whip the cream with an electric mixer. While still beating, slowly add the sugar and extract, then beat the cream until stiff peaks form. Spoon the whipped cream into a freezer bag, snip off a corner and squeeze whipped cream decoratively onto the pie. If you like, garnish with orange zest.

NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Slice, assumes 8: 425 Calories; 24g Tot Fat; 14g Sat Fat; 63mg Cholesterol; 208mg Sodium; 49g Carb; 2g Fiber; 31g Sugar; 4g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 10 & PointsPlus 11 & SmartPoints 20
PEACH PIE WITHOUT THE CRUST – OR TURNING ON THE OVEN! To save a whole pile of calories, I converted my recipe for Fresh Peach Pie into Peach-Pie Pudding!

A Festival of Peaches (Recipes All Above)

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Savory Peach Appetizer Peach & Cantaloupe Soup Roasted Peaches

PRIZE-WINNING PEACH PIE! When recipes appear on Kitchen Parade, I like to think each one is "the best" of its class, the best apple pie recipe, the best peach pie recipe, and so on. Fresh Peach Pie has been my go-to peach pie recipe since the 1980s, so delicious and fresh-tasting that I had no reason to seek out another. And then. And THEN I judged my town's peach pie contest and discovered First-Prize Peach Pie with a Lattice Crust. So now Kitchen Parade has two peach pie recipes! The two pies are entirely different, one tastes light and fresh and creamy, the other is deep-flavored and totally peachy. So you'll need to choose one or the other – or make both and decide if you have a favorite! Me, there's no choosing between the two.

LOW-SUGAR, LOWER-CALORIE FRESH PEACH PIE In 2012, I experimented with an almond meal crust, it was great! For the crust, mix 1-1/2 cups (130g) almond meal with 3 tablespoons melted butter and 3 tablespoons Splenda. Press the mixture into a pie plate with the back of a spoon and bake at 350F/180C for about 15 minutes or until golden. Let cool before filling the crust. Do know, the crust is soft and doesn't "stand up" to slicing the way a traditional crust does. That makes it a little messy to plate but the taste is excellent!
NUTRITION ESTIMATE Almond Crust Only, Made with Splenda, assumes 8 servings: 132 Calories; 12g Tot Fat; 3g Sat Fat; 4g Carb; 2g Fiber; 30mg Sodium; 11mg Cholesterol; 3g Protein. Almond Crust Only, Made with Splenda, assumes 8 servings: 327 Calories; g Tot Fat; g Sat Fat; mg Cholesterol; mg Sodium; g Carb; g Fiber; g Sugar; g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 3 & PointsPlus 3 & SmartPoints 5

NUTRITION INFORMATION Almond Crust & Pie, Made with Splenda, Per Slice: 327 Calories; 24g Tot Fat; 11g Sat Fat; 55mg Cholesterol; 51mg Sodium; 24g Carb; 4g Fiber; 15g Sugar; g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 8.5 & PointsPlus 10 & SmartPoints 14

An Even Bigger Festival of Peaches

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First-Prize Peach Pie with Lattice Crust Peach-Pie Pudding Peach Un-cobbler
Cornmeal Muffins with Peaches Master Recipe: Rustic Fruit Ice Cream Peach Blueberry Cake
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  1. Anonymous7/10/2008

    I've never seen a peach pie recipe quite this simple. It sounds amazing!

  2. yum -- and i bet adding almond extract to the whipped cream is awesome! looks so pretty and seasonal!

  3. Anonymous7/12/2008

    That pie recipe is so simple, how could the peaches not stand out?

  4. Anonymous7/23/2008

    I loved this pie-thanks for the recipe!

    I dorked up the sauce (used lemon zest instead of orange, used vanilla extract instead of almond, added a dash of cardamom because I saw it while looking for almond extract, and turned on the burner under the sugar/cornstarch/zest before referring a fight between the kids) but it STILL tasted terrific!

    Nice way to use up the last of the half bushel of peaches I picked up at the farm stand on the way home from the beach.


  5. Can't think of a better way to use up those peaches on my counter before they go bad!

  6. Anonymous7/09/2024

    Here’s another simple peach recipe: Use your favorite tortilla or wrap. Fill with a generous swipe of lemon basil pesto, sliced peaches and sliced Brie. A quick taste of summer.

    1. Alanna7/11/2024

      Whoah! That sounds fabulous -- and right up my summer simple alley! Thanks so very much!


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