Perhaps no other fruit embodies the sweetness of the season quite like a juicy, succulent peach. And while eating a perfectly ripe peach plucked straight from the tree is a rare treat, most would argue that peach pie is a truly sublime experience. Given this particular pie’s popularity, it’s fitting that the powers that be have designated an entire day in its honor.
But before you tuck into just any old peach pie this August 24, AKA “National Peach Pie Day,” read on for three things that take a peach pie from ordinary to extraordinary.
1. The consummate crust.
As any baking extraordinaire grandmother will tell you, the difference between an average pie and an exceptional one is all in the crust. From the fresh ingredients (and the secret ingredient: love) to details like caramelized lattice and sugar crumb tops, the best peach pies may vary in the specifics, but they all share something in common: They put a premium on sealing the deal with buttery, flaky crusts which complement and elevate the flavor and texture of their peach fillings.
2. Freshness comes first.
Frozen fruit can make for an acceptable peach pie. But are “can” and “acceptable” really what you’re going for? The finest best peach pies forgo all things frozen for fresh.
Take Ikeda’s California Country Market’s remarkable peach pie. Not only are they packed with exquisite freestone peaches hand-picked and hand-peeled at the peak of ripeness from Ikeda’s very own orchards, but the recipe has been in the family for generations — just one of the many reasons this pie has been pleasing customer palates for more than 40 years.
But no one said YOU had to be the one putting the effort in. Thanks to the goodness of gourmet mail order food company FoodyDirect, would-be bakers with not enough time on their hands now have access to the country’s best baked goods, including a breathtaking selection of all things pie.
3. The a la mode mandate.
There’s nothing more satisfying than tucking into a piece of summertime peach pie. Except, that is, tucking into a piece of summertime peach pie topped with a cool, creamy dollop of your favorite ice cream.
And while you can’t go wrong with the classic combo of peach pie and vanilla ice cream, other flavor combinations offer intriguing appeal, such as salted caramel, berries, and cinnamon.
Luckily, FoodyDirect’s got you — er, your pie — covered thanks to a near-endless selection of ice cream, custard and sorbet culled from the country’s best small-batch and artisan ice cream makers. So whether you’re planning your next backyard bash or quiet night at home, why not kill two birds with one scrumptious stone by ordering up both?
The New York Times once said of the perfection of peach pie, “For most of us, a great and truly perfect peach is a rare event. We can expect but one or two a season, for all our trying. Enter the pie.” All of which begs the question: Isn’t it time you embraced the goodness of National Peach Pie Day by ordering up a pie or two for yourself this year? And while you’re at it, why not share the love by sending some pie perfection to a far-off friend or family member? Browse all our delicious pies and much, much more at FoodyDirect today.