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Ginger Peach Pies

 Ginger Peach Pies
I love ginger in any way, shape or form, so I always look for ways to include it in recipes, especially desserts. Peaches and ginger star in this mini pie that offers the right amount of sweetness and spice. —Rae Endicott, Branson, Missouri
5 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 3-3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 9 tablespoons shortening, cubed
  • 6 to 9 tablespoons ice water
  • FILLING:
  • 5 cups sliced peeled peaches
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • OPTIONAL TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup crystallized ginger
  • 1/4 cup coarse sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in butter and shortening
  • until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork, until dough
  • forms a ball.
  • Divide dough into seven portions; wrap each in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until easy to handle.

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Ginger Peach Pies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out five portions of dough to fit
  • a 5-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plates and trim to 1/2 in.
  • beyond edge of plates; flute edges.
  • In a large bowl, toss peaches with lemon juice. Combine the sugar,
  • cornstarch, ginger and salt. Add to peaches and toss to coat.
  • Transfer to pie shells. Dot with butter. Transfer pies to a baking
  • sheet.
  • If decorative cutouts are desired, roll remaining pastry to 1/8-in.
  • thickness; cut out with 1-in.cookie cutters. Arrange over pies. If a
  • streusel topping is desired, combine remaining pastry with
  • crystallized ginger and coarse sugar; sprinkle over pies.
  • Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and filling
  • is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 5 mini pies.