Individual Whole Peach Pies
Individual peaches wrapped in a pastry crust are a fun take on peach pie!
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.
Nutrition Information: Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 57mg Sodium: 317mg Carbohydrates: 48g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 20g Protein: 6g