From the buttery flaky pie crust to the juicy cinnamon-spiced peach filling, there’s no doubt this will be the best peach pie you’ll ever eat. Taste testers and readers have loved this recipe since 2018 because each slice is bursting with peaches that hold their texture. I recommend a little fresh ginger for extra flavor, and don’t forget the vanilla ice cream!
If summertime were a pie, it would most certainly be this fresh peach pie. We’re taking advantage of the season’s abundant bounty of peaches and combining them with fresh ginger, warm cinnamon spice, and a hint of lemon to keep the flavor bright. After one taste, you’ll forget all other peach pies exist.
Here’s Exactly Why This Peach Pie Recipe Works
From-scratch pie can be hard work, so my team and I repeatedly tested this pie so the results are worth your time and effort. The recipe is exactly the same as the popular original a few years ago—flavorful and fresh—however, we updated the baking instructions so the filling sets even more. (Peaches are so juicy!) The baking instructions now resemble this blueberry pie.
In order for this recipe to work, you must (1) cut your peaches into chunks instead of slices, (2) avoid overly soft or bruised peaches, (3) embrace a bubbling-juicy-messy pie filling, and (4) let it cool completely in order for the filling to fully set up. This pie takes several hours, but I promise you: it’s worth it. Get ready for the most incredible, juicy-yet-sliceable peach pie experience:
Start With Pie Crust
You can use your favorite pie dough recipe, but I encourage you to try mine. To make perfect homemade pie crust, I use a mix of shortening and butter because the two ingredients work together to make an unbeatable texture. Butter adds flavor and flakiness, while shortening’s high melting point keeps the crust tender and workable. (Here’s my recipe for all butter pie crust if you’re interested in trying that one instead.)
Pie crust tips:
- Make the pie dough ahead of time because it needs to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before you can work with it.
- The recipe yields 2 crusts—one for the bottom and one for the top—which is what you need for this pie.
- You don’t need to par-bake the crust because this pie bakes for so long.
- Because there’s a little shortening in the dough, it holds shape well, and you can even braid it. See recipe Note below to replicate this design, and here’s my complete how to braid pie crust tutorial.
If you’re not up for the braiding challenge, you can simply lattice thick strips of pie dough. Now let’s talk about the peaches.
What Are the Best Peaches for Peach Pie?
The best fresh peaches for peach pie are the same I recommend for peach bread. You want slightly firm (not hard) peaches with zero bruises or soft spots. Your best bet is to purchase or pick about 10 firm peaches (about 3 pounds), then let them sit in a paper bag for 1–2 days to ripen. Some may have soft spots after this time, so that is why I suggest buying a couple more than you actually need.
If your peaches are soft, stringy, and mushy, your filling will taste soft, stringy, and mushy. Eat any overly soft peaches or save them for peach muffins. They are NOT ideal in pie.
Can I Use Frozen Peaches in Peach Pie?
Fresh peaches are best for peach pie, though you can get away with unsweetened frozen peaches. If using frozen peaches, thaw, chop, and blot them dry before using. Canned peaches are not ideal because they’re already too soft and mushy.
#1 Success Tip: Use Chunks, Not Slices
Unlike apple pie where you peel and cut apples into slices, cut your peeled peaches into small (approx. 1-inch) chunks here. Because peaches are so juicy, slices bake into mush, while chunks retain more of their deliciously soft texture. The same tip applies for peach cobbler.
Success Tips for Peeling & Cutting Peaches
- Have a trusty peeler on hand. I like this OXO peeler because it’s flexible and easy to hold.
- You can place the peaches in a pot of boiling water for a few seconds to loosen the skin. Use a slotted spoon to remove the peaches and place them on a plate or in a bowl. The peel should easily come off. I learned this trick from Taste of Home, so read more over there!
- When I don’t use the boiling water trick, I just use my peeler and make sure to rinse it and my hands often with water because everything starts to get a little slippery from the juicy peaches.
- To easily cut peaches, use a sharp knife and, again, rinse it and your hands often to reduce slippage.
7 Ingredient Filling
- Peaches: Cut the peaches into chunks instead of slices for best results.
- Sugar: Granulated sugar sweetens the filling. Feel free to use brown sugar if desired. I like to use all brown sugar in this peach crumble pie recipe.
- Flour: This is my top choice for thickening non-berry pie fillings. Cornstarch is wonderful, but you’d need a lot for this pie, and using too much results in an undesirable paste-like texture.
- Lemon Juice: The pie filling tastes a little flat without it. Do not replace with lime.
- Fresh Ginger (Optional): I’ve said it before, but something that transforms a good peach pie into the BEST peach pie is a little zing from fresh ginger. You can leave it out if desired, or replace with 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger. Once you try it, you’ll likely never make peach pie without it again!
- Cinnamon: Warm cinnamon spice and pie go hand-in-hand. You’ll love this addition.
- Butter: Like cherry pie, dotting small cubes of butter on top of the filling helps create a richer filling. You need 2 Tablespoons of butter, which is convenient because you use 6 Tablespoons in the pie dough. So just grab 8 Tablespoons/1 stick of butter (113g) for the recipe.
Top Pie Crust
Add the top crust over your peach pie filling. You can fancily braid the dough as mentioned or:
- Lattice: Lattice is a popular and classic design for the top of your pies. I know many bakers gravitate towards this look, myself included, so I put together a detailed How to Lattice Pie Crust tutorial that would work with any fruit pie filling. Lattice is also a convenient choice because you can see when the pie filling is bubbling all over the surface, noting that it’s done baking.
- Other Designs: Feel free to check out other pie crust designs.
- Crumble: Or you could try this peach crumble pie. Note the slight variation in the filling to make up for a buttery, sweet, cinnamon-spiced topping.
And don’t forget: An egg wash, made from 1 egg and a bit of milk, promises a crispier crust and helps develop that signature golden sheen. Without it, the pie top looks dull and lackluster. I also like topping the pie with coarse sugar for a sparkly crunch, but that’s completely optional.
Many More Peach Pie Success Tips & Tricks
- Make the Pie Crust Ahead of Time: It has to chill for at least 2 hours, but it keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and the freezer for up to 3 months, so make it in advance and it will save you time on the day you actually make this pie.
- Do Not Use Mushy, Bruised Peaches: Eat them instead of using in a pie.
- Do Not Make the Filling Ahead of Time: The peaches will release too much liquid, so it’s best to make the filling immediately before you pour/spread into the bottom crust. If you want to work ahead, you can peel and chop the peaches, then cover and refrigerate them for up to 1-2 days before mixing with the other ingredients.
- Bake for a Long Time: Peach pie takes a lot longer than pie recipes like pumpkin pie and pecan pie. The juicy filling should be bubbling at the surface nearly everywhere and this takes close to 75–80 minutes. The internal temperature in the test pies (easy to take with an instant read thermometer because of the lattice top) was around 200°F (93°C) when done.
- Baking Sheet on Rack Below the Pie: The pie filling usually drips as it’s happily baking for over an hour. Place a baking sheet on the bottom oven rack to catch the bubbled-over juices. If you really want to save yourself cleanup time, line it with foil first.
- Start at an Initial High Temperature: 425°F (218°C) for 20 minutes, then the remainder at 375°F (190°C). The reason for the initial hot oven burst is to set the crust and encourage the filling to begin thickening quicker.
- Cool Completely: Slicing warm will give you a soupy slice of pie. Cool for at least 4 hours at room temperature because the pie filling continues to set up as it cools.
Follow all of my success tips, plus the precise baking and cooling instructions below for a peach pie filling that sets perfectly.
Juicy? Yes. Soupy? No.
After a few additional years of testing, this is now a perfected peach pie recipe. As the pie bakes, expect a messy, bubbly, and juicy filling. As the pie cools, the filling sets into a soft, yet sliceable filling. For best success, follow all of my tips above and watch the video tutorial below.
- The crust: Prepare either pie crust recipe through step 5.
- Prep the peaches: Peel the peaches and then cut into 1-inch chunks. You need about 8 cups of peach chunks, which is around 1.4kg. You can peel and cut the peaches up to 1–2 days ahead of time. Cover and refrigerate until ready to make the filling.
- In a large bowl, stir the peach chunks, granulated sugar, flour, lemon juice, ginger, and cinnamon together until thoroughly combined. Set filling in the refrigerator while you roll out the dough. No need to cover it.
- Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat to 425°F (218°C). Place baking sheet on the bottom oven rack to catch any peach juices.
- Roll out the chilled pie dough: On a floured work surface, roll out one of the discs of chilled dough (keep the other one in the refrigerator). Turn the dough about a quarter turn after every few rolls until you have a circle 12 inches in diameter. Carefully place the dough into a 9×2-inch round pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth. Pour and spread filling evenly into pie dish. Dot the pieces of butter on top of the filling. Set aside at room temperature or in the refrigerator as you assemble the top pie crust.
- Arrange the lattice: Remove the other disc of chilled pie dough from the refrigerator. Roll the dough into a circle that is 12 inches diameter. Using a pastry wheel, sharp knife, or pizza cutter, cut strips of dough; in the pictured pie, I cut 6 2-inch-wide strips. Carefully thread the strips over and under one another, pulling back strips as necessary to weave. (Here’s a lattice pie crust tutorial if you need visuals.) To seal the edges, use a small paring knife or kitchen shears to trim excess dough that extends more than 1.5–2 inches over the edge. Fold bottom pie dough edges back over and press/meld into the lattice edges to form a smooth, neat rim. Flute or crimp the edges with a fork.
- Lightly brush the top of the pie crust with the egg wash. Sprinkle the top with coarse sugar, if using.
- Bake the pie on the center rack at 425°F for 20 minutes; then, keeping the pie in the oven, reduce the oven temperature down to 375° (190°C). Place a pie crust shield (see Note for homemade shield) on the edges to prevent them from over-browning. Continue baking the pie until the filling’s juices are bubbling everywhere, including in the center, 45–50 more minutes. This sounds like a long time, but under-baking the pie means a soupy, paste-like filling. If you want to be precise, the internal temperature of the filling taken with an instant read thermometer should be around 200°F (93°C) when done. Tip: If needed towards the end of bake time, remove the pie crust shield and tent an entire piece of foil on top of the pie if the top looks like it’s getting too brown.
- Remove pie from the oven, place on a cooling rack, and cool for at least 4 hours before slicing and serving. Filling will be too juicy if the pie is warm when you slice it.
- Cover leftovers tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: This a great pie to make 1 day in advance, because the filling will have time to set overnight. The pie crust dough can also be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Feel free to peel and chop peaches 1–2 days in advance, but do not mix with the other filling ingredients until you’re ready to bake the pie. The peaches will release too much liquid, so it’s best to make the filling immediately before you pour/spread into the bottom crust. Baked pie freezes well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving.
- Special Tools (affiliate links): Pastry Blender, Pie Dish, Rolling Pin, Pizza Cutter for lattice pie dough strips, Vegetable/Fruit Peeler, Citrus Juicer, Pastry Brush, Sparkling Sugar, Pie Crust Shield
- Peaches: You want slightly firm (not hard) peaches with zero bruises or soft spots. Your best bet is to purchase or pick about 9–10 firm peaches (about 3 pounds), then let them sit in a paper bag for 1–2 days to ripen. Some may have soft spots after this time, so that is why I suggest buying a couple more than you actually need. Fresh peaches are best for peach pie, though you can get away with unsweetened frozen peaches. If using frozen, thaw, chop, and blot them dry before using. Canned peaches are not ideal as they’re already too soft and mushy.
- Ginger: 1–2 teaspoons of fresh minced ginger adds exceptional flavor. If you love ginger, use 2 teaspoons. If you don’t have fresh, use 1/4–1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger instead. If you don’t love ginger, leave it out.
- Crumble Topping: Want to skip the top crust? Try this peach crumble pie recipe.
- Aluminum Foil Pie Crust Shield: You can purchase a pie crust shield or make one from aluminum foil. Cut a 14-inch square of aluminum foil. Fold in half. Cut out a 5-inch semi-circle on the folded edge. Unfold. Carefully fit the aluminum foil over the pie crust edges, lightly securing down on the sides as best you can (careful, the pie is hot!), leaving the center of the pie exposed.
- Braiding Pie Dough: Some photos in this post show a braided pie dough topping, which is an optional way to decorate your pie. To achieve the same look as the braided pie, you’ll need 3 pie crusts. 1 for the bottom crust and 2 for the strips/braiding. (You’ll have scraps leftover, simply mold into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for another pie.) As you can see in the photos, I latticed with 6 braids and 7 strips total. The strips were about 1-inch thick. The braids were assembled with 3 1/2-inch strips. See my detailed How to Braid Pie Crust page for more tips.
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