The other night I was invited to a dinner party and I decided to tote along a pie, inspired by the amazing peaches I spotted at the farmer's market in the morning. As per usual, I returned home with my groceries and immediately got Martha Stewart up on my browser to tell me what I should do with them. Peach custard pie sounded intriguing. I didn't master the arial shot as well as the folks at MS do, but I have to say I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. (Though I might change up the peach layout next time as a few mentioned it looked like a fried egg was plopped down in the middle) And so it begins: a new monthly tradition on the blog- "Mine Vs. Martha's" an exercise in food styling and recipe following. Interesting to see what food looks like sans studio lighting and assistants. You can get this particular recipe here. See below for my hints..
1. I love my perforated pie pans! But I wouldn't recommend using one where anything is blind baked. (for those who don't know: blind baking is when you bake the shell with no filling in it first) Because you have to poke some holes in the crust so it wont bubble up, it doesn't make the shell very water tight when you add the custard. Major whoops on my part. Remedied by putting a second pie pan underneath
2. I wanted to get fancy with the crust edge because I thought it would give me a leg up on the forked Martha version. I think it looks pretty but the dough could have gotten a little overworked in the process.
3. Martha doesn't tell you to egg wash the dough at any point, which seemed preposterous! Since to me that is pie 101, I couldn't help myself and thus the glossy twist.
4. Aforementioned egg yolk effect by putting half a peach in the middle could be avoided by doing a sassy quartering of the peach and creating a starry design.
5. I think my vintage pan grabbed a-hold of the crust a little too much and wouldn't fully surrender it when it came time to serve. The pan looks great in the pic and I could have swapped it out for a newer non stick style but I don't want to fudge things here on MVM. What you see is what you get. See you time!