Fruit Of the Gods Pie

Time: 45 minutes

When I was a kid, every few summers, we’d jump in our camper and head to the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Every mile you’d come across a fruit stand… delicious, fresh fruit grown right in BC. (Now – every mile is another winery, but that is also a great thing to those of us who love wine). We’d pick up flats of peaches, apricots, cherries, pears, etc. When we’d get home, we’d eat it all before it got too ripe. My dad loved (and still does love) peaches and he’d refer to them as “Fruit of the Gods”… hence, the name of this pie. This song by the Goo Goo Dolls used to be my oldest son’s favorites, when he was a big fan of the animated version of Treasure Planet… “You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be, and I don’t want to go home right now. And all I can taste is this moment, and all I can breathe is your life. ‘Cause sooner or later it’s over. I just don’t want to miss you tonight.” Have a great day – enjoy the pie…

Music Selection: GooGoo Dolls – Iris

Ingredients:

¾ cup flour

1 – 3oz pkg instant vanilla pudding

½ cup milk plus 2 Tbsp milk

1 egg

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

4 large fresh peaches, peeled and sliced thinly (or one large container of peaches well drained – do not use frozen unless you thaw the peaches)

1 pkg (oz) cream cheese

½ cup sugar

Topping:

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 deg F. Grease a pie plate.

In large bowl, mix flour, instant pudding, baking powder and salt. Mix in the ½ cup milk and one egg.

Press into bottom of pie plate (you may need to butter your fingers to press it down and an inch up the sides of the pan). Set aside.

Layer the peaches on top of the pie base – ensure the peaches are well drained.

In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese, ½ cup sugar, 2 Tbsp milk and vanilla. Spread evenly over the peaches.

Mix the topping sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the pie.

Bake for 30 minutes. This pie is delicious either warm or cold. Leftovers should be kept in the fridge. Serve with tea or coffee!

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