Monday, August 2, 2010

Bloggaversary (and a giveaway): peach pie

Oh em gee!! Can you believe it's been a full year of Baking Therapy? I surely can't - it's flown right by and I can't even imagine how fast the next year will go! I started this blog as a way to chronicle my baking adventures (and sometimes culinary delights) and it's been such a pleasure. I've gotten my "therapy" but I've also gotten to know many of my readers - and that's something I couldn't be more grateful for. You guys are the best and thank you so much for your comments and love over the past year!

To celebrate, I'm hosting a giveaway :)

One lucky reader will win:
Inside this adorable canvas bag you'll find a set of mini baking utensils, one dozen Fretzels chocolate covered pretzels, three decadent gourmet mochas, and The Little Black Book of Chocolate, full of fun facts and indulgent chocolate recipes.

If you haven't heard of Fretzels yet, ya'll better get on it. My friend Jill whips up the tastiest gourmet chocolate covered pretzels you've EVER HAD. And they're the perfect gift for anyone, any time. Delish!!

Just follow ONE of these easy steps to enter:
1. Comment to this post and tell me what your favorite thing about the past year has been
2. Share this post on your Facebook page (and leave another comment letting me know that you did)
3. Follow me on Twitter @bakingtherapy and re-tweet this post to your followers (and leave another comment with your Twitter handle)

I'll randomly select a winner next Monday 8/9/10. Good luck!

I looked back at my very first post from 8/2/09 and it made me nostalgic, so I'm sharing a summer fruit pie recipe that also makes me a little nostalgic. I spent last week in Gulf Shores, Alabama and after 9 days of beaching, fried food eating, and Blue Moon chugging I still wasn't quite ready to get on the plane to NYC. It's just a magical place for me, and even though my grandmother has been gone for 2 years now her presence still hugs me when I breathe in the thick Gulf air.

So this is a recipe that reminds me of her for two reasons: because the peaches came from Burris' Farm Market in Loxley, Alabama (and I remember stopping there with her to get the best tomatoes in the county) and because she once told me that I'd never find a man if I didn't know how to make my own pie crust.

Well I do know how to make it, but it's a good thing I've already got a man since I relied on Pillsbury to get the job done last week. My defense is that there wasn't a pastry cutter or food processor to be found in the beach house kitchen and I wasn't about to cut in butter with two knives when I could be lying on the beach instead (right?!).

So this recipe is for my grandmother (and all of ya'll!) in celebration of my 1st anniversary. Enjoy, it just SCREAMS summer (and is AWESOME with a scoop of Edy's Caramel Delight ice cream)!

Peach Pie the Old Fashion Two-Crust Way

1 (15 oz.) package pastry for a 9-inch double crust pie
1 egg, beaten
5 cups sliced peeled peaches
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2-cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. butter

Preaheat oven to 450 F.

Line the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate with one of the pie crusts. Brush with some of the beaten egg to keep the dough from becoming soggy later.

Place the sliced peaches in a large bowl, and sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix gently. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pour over the peaches, and mix gently. Pour into the pie crust, and dot with butter. Cover with the other pie crust, and fold the edges under. Flute the edges to seal. Brush the remaining egg over the top crust. Cut several slits in the top crust to vent steam (I did a lattice).

Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce heat to 350 F and bake for an additional 30 minutes, until the crust is brown and the juice begins to bubble through the vents. If the top browns too fast, cover it with aluminum foil about half-way through baking. Cool completely.


Stephanie said...

I loved your post! Not only does it look phenomenal, but the rest of it almost made me cry. :) Crazy memories in GS... Love you

Joanne said...

aww happy blog birthday! I am so glad that I found your blog months ago...your posts never fail to make me hungry...while putting a smile on my face. So glad you had a good vacation! And awesome pie!

Melanie said...

happy first birthday! it has been a great year, and it's especially fun seeing what you're up to, since I no longer have the pleasure of seeing you everyday. my favorite post OF COURSE "birthday, with love."

s said...

great post.
Last year has been awesome. Ive discovered blogging, and found my true calling as an artist.

Eliana said...

Congrats on this year of blogging. I look forward to many more yummy posts from you :) Oh, and awesome looking too by the way.

Laura said...

Have to say that one of my favorite posts was your chocolate macaroon attempt. Just goes to show you that things don't have to look perfect to taste amazing!

Becky R. said...

My fave is a toss up between Cowboy Cookies and the Strawberry rustic galette thing, although you called it a streudel, I believe. Congrats Beth. Now can I win?

Sarah M. Winchester said...

Happy Blogaversiry!!!! I too just hit my one year mark of blogging. What a wonderful word of people I have gotten to know :)

Rachael said...

I can't believe it has already been a year! And wow, what a year :)
I think the next year is looking to be even better. It's hard to have a favorite post/recipe, but I think (since I am not much of a baker, more of an eater really) I will have to say: no-bake cake: Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Cake. Let me know next time you make this one! xoxo

The Jack Marshall Collection said...

I had two favorites:
1) "Love Story" about your love of running – and baking (sort of an obvious one for me to like) and
2) The one where you "volunteered" with the master cookie baker and took home about 10 pounds of cookie dough!
Happy Bloggaversary Beth and keep up the great work!

Beth said...

My favorite thing about the past year..moving into my own house with my son, and discovering my passion for baking!!

Ben Carlson said...

A lot can and has happened in a year Beth. Congrats in a full YEAR of Baking Blogfulicity. Please keep inspiring people everywhere.

Beth said...

Thanks all for the comments!!

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