Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Individual Whole Peach Pies



Update: One reader didn't have a muffin tin, so she baked these in small ovenproof bowls. The cook time increased to 30+ minutes, but it worked great. If you have large peaches, get creative and bake them in oven safe dishes. 

This recipe is the so incredibly easy and delicious that I may never make a traditional pie again. There are only a few ingredients - none of them refined sugar. 

Last week when we were at the Carmel Valley Ranch we had an amazing time visiting with the honeybees. Did you know that bees are responsible for pollinating most of the plants that give us fruit, squash, tomato, cucumber...? No bees = no peaches, so you can thank the bees for this recipe! 
My munchkin had lots of great questions for John, the beekeeper. We found out that the queen bee lives for about 5 years, while the worker bees only live for about 5 weeks. The queen bee is genetically just an ordinary bee, but becomes the queen as a young bee by behaviors of the other bees, and by eating royal jelly. She then lays eggs, creating all the baby bees in her colony. We actually watched a baby bee crawling out of one of the cells of honeycomb - being born. The bees go out and collect nectar from flowers and store it in their bellies, where it turns into honey. The bees return to their hive and deposit the honey into the honeycomb cells. Amazing, no? 

Back home, we picked up a square of honeycomb at the farmer's market. How do you eat honeycomb? Once it's pierced the honey oozes out. The entire honeycomb can be eaten and is delicious and pretty as part of a cheese plate. 

We decided to fill the centers of peaches with a spoonful of honeycomb, wrap them in pastry, and bake them in muffin tins. Regular honey will work just as well - don't worry if you can't find honeycomb - but may ooze out where the peaches are cut more quickly. These individual whole peach pies are best made with very ripe peaches and served warm with freshly whipped cream on the side. 

Enjoy! 


Individual Whole Peach Pies 

Makes 4 

1 store bought or homemade pie crust (I used Trader Joe's frozen pie crust)
4 small to medium very ripe peaches, halved and pit removed (if they are too large they may not fit in muffin tin) 
4 heaping teaspoons honeycomb  
1 egg 
4 teaspoons turbinado sugar 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly coat 4 wells of a muffin tin with cooking spray. 

Divide the pie crust dough into quarters. Roll into disks. 

Place 1 heaping teaspoon of honeycomb into one side of each peach where the pit was. Place the other half on top so the peach is whole again. Place each peach on the center of each of the dough disks and wrap dough around the peaches. The dough does not have to completely enclose the peach if it does not reach the top. If peach is completely enclosed, use a paring knife to cut several slits for air to escape around the top. If peach is not completely enclosed, be sure the sides are supported by the muffin tin or oven proof bowls, as the halves will want to separate during baking. Place each pastry wrapped peach so that it just sits in the prepared muffin tin well. 

In a small bowl whisk together the egg and 2 tablespoons water. Brush egg wash on pastry and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of turbinado sugar. 

Bake for 13-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let cool 5 minutes and then carefully remove from pan. 

76 comments:

  1. I love this idea, these pies look absolutely scrumptious!

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  2. These look great! I also love your pretty plates, is that PIP?

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  3. What a delicious twist to Peach Pie.. Can't wait to try.

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  4. What a great experience for your kids! Love these pretty little pies - perfect summer treat.
    Mary x

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  5. Very interesting! Love the look of these little pies and will definitely try this. Beautiful post.

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  6. Oh my goodness, this is such a good idea! Those little peach pies look delicious. Your daughter looks so cute in her beekeeper's outfit. I'll bet she loved that experience.

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  7. Hi Marina! I just love mother nature. I think if we really sat down to learn about all those bugs that freak us out or annoy us, we would have a greater appreciation for them. They do so much for us that we don't even know. I loved learning all these little facts about the honeybees and I am definitely going to pass the information along to my kids to give them a new appreciation.

    These individual pies are so cute and such a great idea. I love, love, love peach pie and even love it more now that I can make it in a flash. Thanks girl!

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  8. What a great idea! Those look amazing! And I love the photos. So awesome!

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  9. What a brilliant and gorgeous idea!! I just love this!! :)

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  10. I love the little pies! How beautiful! Honey has always been one of my favorite sweeteners and I just happen to have some honeycomb in a jar in my pantry. It may be worth baking up a peach or two (though I think my CSA peaches are too big to fit into a muffin tin!). I adore the lightness of your photos Marina. Beautiful job as always.

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  11. Now seriously! What an amazing idea, keeping the whole peach to bake in its juices is brilliant, I love it! Then wrapping it in dough just made my day, thank you:). Not to mention the photos are beautifully mouthwatering.

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  12. These are so charming and look delicious! Do you think it would work with puff pastry dough as well?

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  13. Ohhh mah glerb.... I must make these. Must. Make.

    This idea is pure genius:)

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  14. creative and beautiful and delicious! GLAM

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  15. What a great idea! So beautiful and delicious looking, too.

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  16. This looks delicious!! I wrote about you in my blog today :) You are very inspiring, can't wait to see more!

    http://www.alltheprettypicturesblog.blogspot.com/

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  17. Marina this is an inspired idea. Would it work with puff pastry as well? You always come up with the most creative healthy twists on stuff I love!

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  18. How do you come up with these ideas? This looks great! We made the Chia smoothies from one of your previous blogs this morning, and they were excellent. Love your recipes, and the stories that go with them make them even better!

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  19. How brilliant is this!! Gorgeous treat, as always, Marina!

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  20. Bees are incredibly amazing. I actually had no idea what made a queen bee different than any other bee. You've got me so curious to learn more about bees now. They are awesome! And I love this idea! Such cute little pies!! :D

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  21. Brilliant and beautiful idea, Marina! My husband happens to love honey and is a collector of sorts, so we always have honey on hand:)

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  22. i've always wanted to meet a bee keeper!!!

    xo the egg out west.

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  23. How cute is the little one in wearing her mini bee keepers suit!! Bees are cool, my daughter has a book about bees and whenever I read it at bedtime she gets mad because I keep stopping to think about all of the crazy things bees can do.. they're amazing!

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  24. GREAT POST:)
    Your blog is so wonderful and Im following...I hope you follow me also:)

    If you want some cute swedish decor inspiration...check out my new post:)

    Have a great week.

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
    (sweden)

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  25. I love this... But I love those plates more! Do you know where I can get some?!

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    1. Hi there, thanks for your comment! I got the dishes from LaylaGraycle.com I love them too :)

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  26. This is adorable. What a sweet idea for dessert for a summer dinner party.

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  27. Great post. Enjoyed reading it and the pictures. The recipe looks fantastic.

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  28. Such a fun post! Lovely pies and those honey bees are essential to our food and environment. SOOO cute seeing your little gal in her bee suit. A great learning experience for her.
    Here's to Pip Design Studio props!! xo

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  29. These are beautiful and such a simple way to serve peaches or other stones fruits. The possibilities are endless. Beautiful photos. Glad I stopped by.

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  30. how cute! I love the idea of baking them in overproof bowls!

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  31. Wow. You ate truly amazIng marina. You must promise me if I ever get back to my old stomping grounds you will run a race with me:) xoxo

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  32. How did you get the top of the pies to look they way they do?? Is that from the slits?

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    1. Hi Kelsey, they're a bit lumpy just from pinching the dough together.

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  33. Mmmmmm yum! I will definitely try this. Love the photos, love the recipe, love the beekeeping, and the honeycomb idea :)

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  34. Oh my, I love the rustic look of these pies! My dad's favorite pie is peach - I can't wait to make these for him!

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  35. I love how easy this pie is! And they look so pretty. That's the perfect summertime treat.

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  36. These pies look fabulous. I have always loved fresh peach dumplings but I never thought to make them in a muffin tin! I put raspberry preserves in the middle of the peach but honeycomb sounds delicious too I will have to try that.

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  37. This looks incredible. Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Beautiful! And so easy too! Love this idea!. Perfect for a nice summer evening.

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  39. I made this for dessert tonight and they were phenomenal! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  40. I love your dishes! Where did you get them?

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  41. Can I replace the honeycomb with just store bought honey?

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  42. Making this tonight. I am going to use oven safe bowls, so the tip about cooking time is appreciated!

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  43. Just made these! Thanks for the idea!:)

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  44. How do you get your crust to look so pretty? Mine tasted awesome but looked horrible.

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    1. Oh no! Sorry about that LJay! I just pinched the dough around. What happened to yours? Did it come off? Did you sprinkle it with raw sugar? That helps :)

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  45. Colleen B.1:20 PM

    I made one of these last night and it was delicious! I squirted a little agave in the middle of my peach before wrapping it up in my dough and putting it in a ramekin for baking. I didn't set a timer but I could smell when it was ready! (probably about 30 minutes) So simple, thanks for sharing!

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  46. Anonymous6:32 PM

    scrumptious,,,creative... will try it. thank you
    Sharon

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  47. I don't do honey, so I used whole, fresh raspberries mixed with some stevia, vanilla, and orange zest. I fit 4, 2 in each side of the pit. The red from the berries kinda oozed out during cooking and dyed the pie crust, but that's not really a big deal because it was still so outrageously yummy. I think pears would also be really good like this, maybe filled with raspberry, mint, and lemon zest? Thanks for this idea. Omnomnom.

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    1. Oh my goodness what a fabulous idea! I love that! Thanks for sharing.

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    2. I just got a really great idea that I thought I'd share. In the fall, an apple can replace the peach and it could be filled with cranberries! Mmm.

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  48. I'm in "food-love" with you Marina!! So thankful to have found you via Pinterest :)

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    1. Oh thank you! *blushing*

      Pinterest is the best! Thanks so much for visiting my blog, I hope you enjoy the recipes. Warmly, Marina

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  49. Beautiful and delicious. What a great desert for entertaining.

    : )
    Jen

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  50. Anonymous7:08 PM

    This looks yum!

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  51. Perhaps my peaches were too big because my bottom crust never cooked. What a soggy mess!

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    1. Oh dear, so sorry about that. This is the first time I've heard of this problem. If the top cooks too fast you can always cover it with tin foil until the bottom crust has cooked through.

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  52. Anonymous4:24 PM

    you could cut the peaches in half around the equator, so you have top and bottom halves instead of two sides. if the peaches are ripe enough, the pits will come out with no problem, and then you don't have to worry about them falling open!

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    1. AWESOME idea, thanks for the tip!! I will be trying it today :)

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    2. That is genius! I just got done huuuuuge peaches and worried that cutting them the described way would give it too much opening for the honey to leak out.

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  53. These look amazing!

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  54. Question: If one is scooping honeycomb...wouldn't there be beeswax in it?

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    1. Hi Holly, Yes, a little bit. Honeycomb can be eaten whole - wax and all. Some people like to chew it and others like to spit it out. When you spread it on warm toast you really don't notice it at all. Here it kind of melts away, but you can always pull out any wax if you like. Or you could just use regular honey if you don't like the idea of honeycomb :)

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  55. Anonymous12:23 PM

    Hello... I was wondering if this a bake and eat the same day recipe or could it last a day or two after?

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    1. Hi! I would really eat them fresh :) I haven't tried making them in advance. Sorry about that!

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  56. Anonymous1:39 PM

    Help me out here, I'm making one for my mom who doesn't like the peel at all, could I make this without it or would the dough not stick?

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    1. Hi, hmmmm... My concern is that 1. the dough may not stick. And 2, the peach may just break down and fall apart. Perhaps your mom could just not eat the peel?

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    2. valerie2:34 PM

      Great idea ,,,, my peaches are to big for the muffin pans so I am going to try 3"cheese cake pans see what happens.

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  57. valerie2:32 PM

    Great idea .... my peaches are to big for the muffin pan I am going to try 3"cheese mini cheese cake pans. Thank you.

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  58. Thank you for showing me how to use honeycomb. My market tends to leave it in a lot of the honey jars and it's too chewy for me to eat by itself. I can't wait to make this for guests! ☻

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