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Walnut-Bottom Peach & Apple Pie

Walnut-Bottom Peach & Apple Pie is one of those ‘short window of opportunity’ recipes that you’ll kick yourself for not trying.

Autumn is pie season. I just made that up, but it sounds right, doesn’t it?

How big of a pie fan are you? Try my other great pie recipes – County Fair Lemon Pie, Farm Recipe Green Tomato And Raspberry Pie, Strawberry And Lemon Pie, Easy 15 Minute Peanut Butter And Chocolate Cream Pie, Old Fashioned Glazed Apple Slab Pie, and Heavenly four layer Chocolate Pie.

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Walnut-Bottom Peach & Apple Pie is a marriage of three markedly different textured and flavored ingredients. They work so incredibly well together because each contributes what the other requires to give the final bake its taste, its consistency, and its aroma. Served warm with a big scoop of French vanilla ice cream, or chilled with a dollop of freshly whipped and sweetened cream, every layer scores big.

Warm, gooey peaches, softened sweet apples, and slightly crunchy walnuts play host in this end of summer Walnut-Bottom Peach & Apple Pie.
vintage tin pie pans
Yes, I still love baking up my primitive pies in these vintage pie tins. I have several, some 1930s ‘Mello-Rich’ and a few earlier boasting the ‘Mrs. Robbinson’s’ logo. For those of you who prefer a traditional ceramic or glass plate, click the images below for availability and pricing.

A favorite in the American South, especially South Carolina and Georgia ‘the Peach state,’ peach is a popular and classic fruit pie flavor that is notably rich and mildly sweet. And as it should be given the majority of U.S. peach production takes place between California, Georgia, and South Carolina. It may only be August, but I am in utter denial that summer is coming to a close. That said, I also love fall, and fall brings apples.

As I do every time this year, I manage to find a way to combine these fruits into one dessert. Last year, I brought NEA readers my Peach & Apple Hand Pies. I am still floored at how many of you wrote in to say you had tried the recipe and loved it. Again, thank you! This season, I am adding an element to this dynamic duo. One more ingredient, one I associate with fall most often. Enter stage right, the walnut…

empty pie crust and bowl of peaches and apples ready to pour in
I spoon the walnut mixture into my unbaked pie crust before filling with the peach-apple mixture.
 

Peach and apple is not a new flavor combination by any means. One search of the internet yields dozens of recipes and many fantastically tasting sweet endings to any dinner. The idea for a walnut-bottom came from a memory I have of a hefty slice I was used to ordering up at a favorite restaurant in Basking Ridge, The Store.

roses and leaves made of dough atop a lattice pie

Sophisticated sets worthy of gifting…or keeping. Entertaining necessaries, click images for availability and pricing.

Now long gone, the memory of that pie with its cinnamon brown sugar and walnut ‘top’ was that one thing that I ALWAYS ORDERED, no matter what I ended up with as my main. It boasted a wonderful sanding sugar on the top for extra crunch. But what if I wanted to reverse the layers? What if the walnut ‘top’ become the walnut ‘bottom?’ I kept thinking, ‘hey, I could probably try to figure that method out.’ And…I did ?

an unbaked almost finished pie with dough braid
My lattice tops are imperfect intentionally. My Grandmother always said that “if the dessert is too pretty, nobody will want to cut into it.” Her lattice pies are my guide to this day.

To assemble roses and leaves: Begin by rolling scrap dough very thin on a floured surface. Use a 4″ round cookie or biscuit cutter to cut 3 circles. Lay the 3 circles out flat and overlapping almost to their centers. Roll the circles together like a cigar. You do not want to be really tight, but not too loose, either. Once rolled, take a sharp knife and cut the cigar in half. Working with one half at a time, ‘unfurl the petals.’ Paint with egg wash and nestle within an open square in the lattice. Leaves can be cut freehand with a sharp knife, and ‘veins’ added by gently pressing the knife blade down, but not through. The braided edge is done exactly like we braided one another’s hair as children – just keep the strips flat and lose during the braid, and don’t make it “too pretty to eat.” 🙂

A close up of Pie and Peach

 
Homemade peach and apple pie is one of my favorite things about the end of summer. Adding walnuts just makes each gooey sweet slice that much better.

You can use fresh peaches or frozen but if it’s peach season, go to the trouble. The end product is completely worth the work. The fruits are so ripe at the moment, that you barely require skill to void them of their skins and fuzz. Canned peaches on the other hand, have a much different texture, so I would avoid them in this method. They have their time and place, but not in this recipe. Get the vanilla ice cream ready, this one is certain to be a hit.

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Many online sellers offer these fantastic vintage pie tins. I swear I always have extra dough due to these being smaller than traditional ceramic pie plates, which is why I am able to get creative with the scraps. True pieces of Americana, and definitely kitchen necessaries for the nostalgic…click below image for pricing.

vintage pie tins

“The sign of a good pie are the meager crumbs left in the empty tin.” – Grandma Smith

A close up of Pie and Apple

All images and text ©Jenny DeRemer for Not Entirely Average, LLC

A close up of Pie and Apple

Walnut-Bottom Peach & Apple Pie

Walnut-Bottom Peach & Apple Pie is one of those 'short window of opportunity' recipes that you'll kick yourself for not trying.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, peach, pie, upside down pie, walnut
Servings: 8 slices
Calories:

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Equipment

  • 9" pie plate
  • Rolling Pin
  • sharp kitchen knife such as a pairing knife
  • silicone pastry brush
  • 4" round cookie cutter if making edible roses

Ingredients

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    Ingredients for A Walnut-Bottom Peach & Apple Pie

    • 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 2 small eggs, each beaten and in separate bowls thin one beaten egg with 1 teaspoon of tap water; use this for the wash
    • 1 tablespoon milk
    • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons lemon juice, divided
    • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
    • 3 cups sliced peeled tart apples, about 3 medium apples
    • 2 cups fresh sliced peaches, stoned and void of skins
    • 1 box fun-sized raisins
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt

    Instructions

    The Method

    • Line a 9-inch pie plate with bottom pastry; trim even with edge of plate.
    • Roll top pastry thin and to a 12" diameter. Using a sharp knife or a edger/pastry cutter, cut strips for lattice by cutting an even number of strips of pastry of the same width. If assembling flowers or leaves or a braided edge, roll any additional scraps and form according to instructional photos above. Set aside.
    • In a large bowl, combine the walnuts, brown sugar, egg, milk, 1 tablespoon butter, vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice. Spread nut mixture over crust.
    • In a large bowl, toss apples, peaches, and raisins with remaining lemon juice. Combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; toss with fruit mixture. Spoon over the nut mixture and dot with remaining butter.
    • Assemble the lattice crust by folding back every second strip of pastry onto itself, a bit more than halfway across the pie. Trim, seal and flute edges. Top with braided edge if using. Nestle roses and leaves in an opening between the lattice. See images above. Using a pastry brush top lightly with egg wash thinned with 1 teaspoon of tap water.
    • Bake at 375° for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream, or well chilled with freshly whipped sweetened cream.

    Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

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    4 Comments

    1. Oh, yum. Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 32 for All Things Thanksgiving. Shared.

    2. I am a pie lover. But I have never heard of the apple and peach combination. And with walnuts, so yum. Thanks.

      1. Theresa, thank you for your comment! I will tell you honestly, I had a whole lot of luck with some peach and apple hand pies some time ago. The idea of the walnut bottom comes from a pie I used to order in my home town of Basking Ridge, New Jersey at The Store Restaurant – a slice was served warm, and effectively upside down. The walnut bottom MADE THE PIE. It was plated upside down so the walnut bottom was then the top. It was fabulous and I’ve never forgotten it. I can say this recipe is as close as I am able to come and it’s darn close! I hope you will make and enjoy it 🙂 Jenny