Peach Crumb Pie

• 1 prepared pie crust, unbaked
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 4 cups sliced canned peaches, drained
• 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/4 cup flour
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
Mix together the first 3 ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and set aside. Mix the rest of the ingredients for the crumb topping; then put it on top of the fruit filling. Bake the pie at 425 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Makes 6 servings.
I was sifting through my stacks of recipes when I saw this recipe for peach pie and decided to give it a try. The recipe appeared in the Spring 2003 issue of Longaberger Signatures publication.
Home canned peaches were in the pantry so I grabbed a couple of pints and poured them into a colander to drain, then measured them. I didn’t have quite 4 cups so I opened another pint and did the same. I poured the drained, sliced peaches into a bowl. Next I combined the sugar and salt and tossed the peaches with the mixture. The peaches sat while I put together a homemade pie crust. Once the crust was in the pie plate I poured in the peaches. There was quite a bit of liquid from the peaches macerating in the sugar and salt. The recipe didn’t mention draining the peaches a second time so I wasn’t worried about all that liquid. It took very little time to put the remaining ingredients together and I sprinkled the crumb mixture over the top of the pie. It went into the oven and baked for 35 minutes. The edge of the crust wasn’t as brown as I like it so I let the pie bake another 5 minutes.
When I removed the pie from the oven it is an understatement to say I was disappointed with what I saw. There was no crumb topping on top of the pie. What I saw was a brown glaze. Evidently the crumb topping had melted into the pie filling. I couldn’t help but wonder if it was because of all of the liquid that was made from the combination of the peaches, sugar, and salt. In hind sight maybe I should have drained the peaches a second time, but who knows if that would have made a difference.
I let the pie cool while I prepared supper and once the dishes were done, I asked Brad if he wanted to try the pie. He agreed to give it a taste. I cut each of us a slice; the pie was a bit runny. The taste of the pie was pretty good, not too sweet, but I sure did miss having a crumb topping on it. Brad agreed that the pie had a pretty good flavor, but wasn’t much to look at.
We didn’t share any of this pie with our neighbors or friends since it really didn’t look very good. However; we did end up eating the entire pie during the next few days; I don’t like for food to go to waste – unless it’s really bad.
Unfortunately, this pie is a Failed It and I wish I hadn’t wasted those home canned peaches or my time making it.