Walnut-Bottom Peach & Apple Pie

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1 hour 10 minutes
8 slices

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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?

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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, and Heavenly four-layer Chocolate Pie.

a pie

Walnut-Bottom Peach & Apple Pie is a marriage of three markedly different textured and flavored ingredients. They work incredibly well together because each contributes what the other requires, giving the final bake its taste, consistency, and 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.

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 are 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

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.

A pie

“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

Jenny DeRemer
Walnut-Bottom Peach & Apple Pie is one of those 'short window of opportunity' recipes that you'll kick yourself for not trying.
4.80 from 5 votes
Servings: 8 slices
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices
Calories 369 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • ¾ 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
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ 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
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Line a 9-inch pie plate with bottom pastry; trim even with the edge of the plate.
  • Roll top pastry thin and to a 12" diameter. Using a sharp knife or an edger/pastry cutter, cut strips for lattice by cutting an even number of pastry strips of the same width. If assembling flowers or leaves or a braided edge, roll any additional scraps and form according to the instructional photos above. Set aside.
  • Combine the walnuts, brown sugar, egg, milk, 1 tablespoon of butter, vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice in a large bowl—spread the nut mixture over the crust.
  • Toss apples, peaches, and raisins in a large bowl with the remaining lemon juice. Combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; toss with fruit mixture. Spoon over the nut mixture and dot with the remaining butter.
  • Assemble the lattice crust by folding back every second pastry strip onto itself, more than halfway across the pie. Trim, seal, and flute edges. Top with a braided edge if using. Nestle roses and leaves in an opening between the lattices. See the 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.

The nutrition value can vary depending on what product(s) you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use a calorie counter you are familiar with.

Please note that table salt and iodized salt are NOT substitutions for Kosher salt. Do not deviate unless otherwise specified.

Nutrition

Calories: 369kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 5gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 216mgPotassium: 236mgFiber: 3gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 339IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
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11 Comments

  1. What a beautiful-looking pie that also sounds amazing! Thanks for the inspiration5 stars

    1. Pat, aren’t you kind to say this! Thank you! I admit that I cannot bake and eat enough of this pie during the summer. It really is that short window of opportunity kind of recipe where summer peaches meet early fall apples meet walnuts. I was inspired from a former restaurant in my hometown of Basking Ridge, NJ who served this pie, upside down, a la mode! x – Jenny

  2. Outstanding and so pretty- pinned it.
    I visited you via the Linkup Party at Barbecue and TFT Blog Hop
    My entries this week = 56+57. Come and share your posts with us at SSPS and you will have an opportunity to get featured.5 stars

  3. I’ve had apple pie, I’ve had peach pie, but never them both combined! And throwing walnuts into the mix too – I bet this tastes as good as it looks! Popping by from TFT Blog Hop!

    1. Michelle, the kicker is serving it UPSIDE DOWN! Seriously! The walnut bottom is mildly ooey gooey and oh so delicious. I offer each slice of pie served upside down and with a big scoop of French vanilla ice cream to applause! Thank you for stopping by Not Entirely Average and taking a moment from your day to chat! x – Jenny

  4. 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

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