This homemade peach blueberry pie with lattice top is a delicious twist from the classic peach pie. Serve it alone or top with vanilla ice cream or a dollap of whipped cream.
There truly is nothing more perfect than a fruit pie. If I had to choose just one dessert to satisfy me for the rest of my life, it would be the fruit pie. From cherry pie to apple pie, there’s a beautiful and glorious fruit pie for every season.
Today I am sharing one of my favorite fruit combinations in the most perfect dessert: a homemade peach blueberry pie with the classic lattice top. It is such a happy looking pie, with it’s brilliantly bright orange peaches. And the blueberries baked in the pie give you this gorgeous magenta syrup.
Have I convinced you to go on? How can you resist?
Do I use fresh fruit or frozen for this peach blueberry pie?
My very good friend, Karin, has a glorious peach tree. Every year, her trusted tree blooms and bears bushels and bushels of deliciously sweet peaches… in early spring! Peaches are synonymous for summer, but Karin’s tree has a mind of its own.
There is definitely something special about a fresh peach. And when you get a bag of fresh sweet peaches grown on your friend’s tree, that makes them extra special. It was Karin who first made me a peach blueberry pie. I took my camera and photographed her expert hands.
Fresh peaches are always the first choice for pie filling, but I have found that frozen peaches works just as well, too. If you are using frozen fruit, thaw it completely first and discard (or drink up) the excess liquid. Do not use canned peaches, as they are poached in sugar and are way too sweet for a homemade pie.
The blueberry peach pie filling
I am not a fan of tasting sugar in my fruit pies. The fruit should be the shining star, and in this case that means your perfectly sweet peaches and blueberries. I use the minimum amount of sugar for my pie fillings.
In all honesty, I cannot stand the super teeth-cracking sweet pies you get at the supermarket. This pie filling is made with sliced peaches, blueberries, lemon juice, cornstarch and only 1/3-cup of sugar. Feel free to add more sugar, but I do strongly suggest that you cut back – at least once.
Should I use homemade, refrigerated or frozen pie dough?
Well this is a loaded question. If you are beginner and are totally afraid to make pie dough from scratch, then by all means get the refrigerated pie dough. My friend Beth at OMG Yummy has written a great piece answering all the many questions you might have in making homemade pie dough.
I am a fan of both butter based pie dough and of course, olive oil based pie dough (which is in my olive oil cookbook). They each have their pros and cons and I alternate between these varieties and even store-bought refrigerated dough.
If you are still intimidated with homemade pies, I strongly suggest starting off with a galette recipe. It is a rustic pie that is much easier to assemble than the traditional pie. I have recipes for a chocolate raspberry galette, apricot thyme galette and a whole wheat apple cranberry galette to get you started on your pie making journey!
How to make the lattice top for your peach blueberry pie
And what better way to top my beloved peach blueberry pie than with the classic lattice top. Yes, it can be intimidating, especially if you are new to pie making. But, with these pictures and easy-to-follow steps, I show you how to create it.
You will need enough dough for two pie crusts. The first should be placed in the pie plate with the peach filling poured right in. To make the lattice top, roll out your second pie dough onto a lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness. Using a sharp knife, pizza or pastry cutter, cut 1 inch strips.
Lay half of the pastry strips across the top of pie filling, leaving space between each strips. I left about an inch between each strips because I really love seeing the magenta filling between the lattice strips.
Don’t worry about crimping the edges of the pie as we do that step last. Just lay the strips loosely over the pie filling in one direction.
Lift and roll back alternating lattice strips (pictured above). Lay down another lattice strip in the opposite direction (90-degrees across), letting it lay over the strips already lying over the pie, but under the strips that have been lifted (pictured below).
Return the lifted strips back to their original position, then lift the other pie strips that remained in place. Place another strip of pie crust down in the opposite direction and return the lifted pie strips back across the pie (pictured below).
You will continue lifting alternate pie strips and laying down strips across the pie until all of your pie strips are used up and your lattice top is finished. This is how you make the beautiful weave pattern we all love on our fruit pies.
For me, this is the easiest part of the pie making process. What always makes me sweat bullets is crimping the edges!! But before that, you will need to cut off ends of lattice hanging over and gently press edges of lattice into rim of pie dish.
You can also fold part of the lattice strip underneath the base pie dough. Or, you can use a fork to crimp the edges or use your fingers to create a scallop edge. I seriously need to practice this step more because it really is challenging to make it look all pretty!
Final touches to your peach blueberry pie
Your pie is ready to be baked now BUT FIRST – let’s talk about the final touches on your pie crust. If you bake the pie as it is, you will still have a delicious pie, but the crust will look… dry. To get that shiny look we all recognize on the pie crust, you will need an egg wash.
An egg wash is 1 well-beaten egg mixed in with 1-tablespoon of water. You can add more water if you want to lighten the golden color of your pie crust. Substitute milk or cream for water in your egg wash and you will have a shinier pie crust. Martha Stewart shows you how the different washes look after baking here.
Simply whisk up your egg wash and use a pastry brush to apply it all over the pie crust: the lattice top as well as the edges of your pie crust.
But wait, you can still dress up your pie even more before you bake it with a sprinkle sugar over after you brushed the egg wash. If you want the sugar to stick to the pie you do need to have some kind of wash on your pie crust to hold it in place. For some extra flavor, sprinkle a little cinnamon on top, too.
How not to burn your pie
Again, pie making is an art. You go through a lot of trouble to make a homemade fruit pie, so you want to be sure not to burn it! I have found that initially baking at 400°F/204°C for 20 minutes and then reducing it to 375°F/190°C for the remaining 30-40 minutes makes a crispy (and not burnt) pie.
Another trick to keeping your pie from burning is to not only check on it, but to also cover it if it is browning too quickly or unevenly. You can cover parts or the entire pie with aluminum foil, or use a pie crust shield and lay it over the pie, protecting crispy edges.
Even with all the many precautions you take, you may still end up with a messy looking pie. Personally, I love the splatters of the pie filling spilling out of the pie dish. It just shows how juicy and incredible the pie is going to be.
This isn’t apple pie, but a mouth watering and yes, very happy looking peach blueberry pie. Perfect with each and every imperfection.
If you have a hankering for more pie, you’ve got to check out my friend Jenni Field’s collection of old fashioned pie recipes here. You’ll definitely find a pie that will capture your heart!
- 3 lbs fresh peaches, peeled and cut into thin wedges
- 8 oz fresh blueberries
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 TBS lemon juice
- 2 TBS cornstarch
- 1 large egg
- 1 TBS milk
- Sanding sugar for sprinkling on crust (optional)
- 2 pie crust doughs, homemade or store-bought
- Preheat oven to 400°F/204°C.
- In a bowl combine peaches, blueberries, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch and stir until combined. Set aside.
- Prepare homemade pie dough or remove store bought from refrigerator and unwrap. You want a 12-inch circle. Carefully place one dough into a 9x2 inch pie dish.
- Gently press dough into place with your fingers.
- Pour the filling into the crust, including the juices.
- Roll out second pie crust onto a floured work surface and cut into ½-inch or 1-inch strips.
- Weave strips over filling in a lattice pattern. Read post for detailed instructions.
- Wrap and press strip ends into bottom pastry.
- In a small bowl whisk together egg and milk to create the egg wash.
- Lightly brush the top of the pie crust with the egg wash. Sprinkle the top with sanding sugar, if using.
- Place the pie in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
- With the pie untouched and still in the oven, turn the temperature down to 375°F/190°C and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes.
- If pie crust is browning too quickly, cover with pie crust shield or make one with foil.
- Allow the pie to cool for 3 full hours on a cooling rack at room temperature before serving. This helps the cherry filling to cool and thicken up.
Serve alone or top with whipped cream or ice cream.
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Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 389 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 23mg Sodium: 245mg Carbohydrates: 61g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 26g Protein: 4g