This classic, Southern Peach Pie is absolute dessert perfection! Nothing beats a fresh peach pie in the summertime when peaches are in season!

Pie is my favorite dessert and I would choose it over cookies or cake every time! If you love pie too, be sure to try my Fresh Strawberry Pie, Apricot Pie, or my personal favorite -- Razzleberry Pie!

removing a slice from the peach pie

Filled with summer's juiciest, sweetest fresh peaches and made with a flaky, buttery double-crust dusted with sanding sugar, Southern Peach Pie is as beautiful as it is delicious and wonderful served à la mode with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!

When I think of summer, I always think of peach juice dripping pink and sticky down chins and that sweet, orangey-pink peach flesh that is just bursting with yummy fresh flavor beneath fuzzy red and orange peach skins. Peaches are my all-time favorite fruit, and I say that without equivocation.

But because I love fresh peaches so much, it is almost hard to bake with them because I love just eating them out-of-hand or sliced into a bowl with a little cream and sugar! Peaches & cream in a bowl like that is Clara's (my 6-year old) favorite treat ever and she asks for it all the time when peaches are in season.

a slice of peach pie on a plate with a scoop of white ice cream on top

But if you are smart, you will overbuy peaches next time you see them at the farmer's market or in the store when they are plentiful, ripe, and on sale, just so you can bake a fresh peach pie.

an aerial shot of a peach pie with a slice removed and placed on a plate and then topped with ice cream

Which should really be a summer tradition if it isn't already at your house. Because oooh boy, is this ever a delicious and easy pie!

It's easily in my top 5 pies of all time, right up with Homemade Blackberry Pie, Old-Fashioned Banana Cream PieStrawberry Rhubarb Pie, and maybe a Blueberry Sour Cream Custard Pie or okay, apple pie (either Dutch or Classic).

a Southern Peach Piein a pie plate next to fresh whole peaches

Even though apple pie might be the most iconic All-American pie option, Southern Peach Pie is definitely a contender and something you should consider for dessert this 4th of July!

The thing to know about this fresh peach pie is that peaches already have so much intense natural flavor and sweetness that you don't want to go too far with adding things to the pie filling.

All you really need is a little sugar, some cornstarch and flour for thickening, and then the tiniest amount of cinnamon, allspice, vanilla and lemon juice to round out the flavors.

a whole southern peach pie next to whole peaches and a blue plate with a serving utensil

Even mediocre peaches become wonderful in peach pie, you just might want to add a little extra sugar.

You could even make this with frozen peaches, although I would definitely stay away from canned, which just can't come close to the texture and flavor of a Southern Peach Pie made with fresh or frozen peaches.

peach pie with a slice removed and placed on a plate in back and topped with ice cream

I always do a double crust for Southern Peach Pie using my perfect pie crust recipe with slits in the top or a lattice crust for venting some of the moisture out of the pie from the peach juice as it cooks and coarse sanding sugar sprinkled over the top for a sweet crunch and pretty sparkle.

a peach pie next to fresh peaches
a slice of southern peach pie on a blue plate with ice cream on top and a fork to the side

Also, please know going into it that when you make peach pie it just won't set up quite the same as an apple pie and that's because peaches are just so darn juicy that the filling can't thicken up the same.

Sure, if you added more cornstarch or flour, you could get the filling to thicken up more, but it would start to affect flavors and textures in weird ways and it's just not worth it.

This recipe is going to get you a fairly set but juicy peach pie filling that still allows the amazing fresh peach flavor to shine through.

a sliced peach pie with ice cream on top of a slice on a blue plate to the side of the remaining pie

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Southern Peach Pie Perfection

4.85 from 26 votes
Amy Nash
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern
Servings 12 people
This classic, Southern Peach Pie is absolute dessert perfection! Filled with summer's juiciest, sweetest fresh peaches and made with a flaky, buttery double-crust dusted with sanding sugar, this fresh peach pie is as beautiful as it is delicious and wonderful served à la mode with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Ingredients
  

Double-Crust Pie Crust

  • 2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus extra for the work surface
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening chilled
  • 12 Tablespoons butter cut into ¼-inch pieces and chilled
  • 6-8 Tablespoons ice water

Peach Filling

  • 6-7 large ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of allspice optional
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg beaten
  • Coarse sanding sugar for sprinkling on top of the pie crust

Instructions
 

Double-Crust Pie Crust

  • Stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or a food processor, cut the shortening and butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. It is only about 10 pulses with a food processor but a bit more work by hand. One trick to make the process a little easier is to freeze your butter beforehand, then grate it into the flour mixture before cutting it in with the pastry cutter if not using a food processor.
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the ice water over the mixture. Using a fork, gently stir the water in to the flour mixture, then repeat with the remaining water, adding only 2 tablespoons at a time, just until the dough starts to come together.
  • Divide the dough into two even pieces. Turn each piece of dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and flatten each into a disc and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour, then allow the chilled dough to sit on the counter to soften slightly for 10 minutes before rolling out.

Pie Filling & Assembly

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the bottom crust and line a pie plate with it.
  • To easily peel the peaches, gently lower them into a large pot of boiling water for 40-60 seconds, then remove to an ice water bath with a slotted spoon to shock them. After just a few seconds, the skin should slip off easily by just rubbing the peaches with your fingers. Remove pits and slice the peaches.
  • In a large bowl, combine the fresh, sliced peaches with the sugar, cornstarch, flour, cinnamon, allspice, salt, vanilla and lemon juice and toss to evenly coat the peaches.
  • Fill the bottom pie shell with the peach mixture, including the juices that will be released from the peaches. Dot with butter, then roll out the top pie crust and gently transfer it over the peach pie filling. Crimp the edges and cut a few slits in the top of the crust, then brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sanding sugar.
  • Place pie on a baking sheet and bake in oven for 45-50 minutes, until the filling is bubbling and the crust is nicely browned. You may need to cover the edges with foil during the last 15-20 minutes of baking to prevent them from getting too brown.
  • Remove the pie from the oven and cool for at least 3 hours before cutting into it. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Notes

My favorite pie crust recipe with some extra tips can be found here where I share how to make pie crust. Or if you are intimidated by pie crusts you could always use a store-bought refrigerated one.
6-7 large peaches is roughly 3 lbs. of peaches and yields about 6-7 cups of sliced peaches, in my experience.

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 366mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 714IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. I love your photos they're gorgeous and this peach pie looks to die for, I can only imagine the smell in the house when this is cooking!

  2. I made this today. Exactly to the recipe and my bottom crust was not done... so I put it in 10 minutes longer covering the top. Do you think input too much juice in???

    All loved the flavor and it looks beautiful.

    1. I'm so glad you loved the pie but bummer that your bottom crust wasn't cooked through! I have had that problem with my blackberry pies in the past and found a trick that seems to help where you brush part of your egg wash on the bottom crust before filling the pie. It kind of creates a seal against the juice from the fruit that lets the crust cook all the way through. I would suggest giving that a try! It's possible there was too much juice if you had super juicy peaches, so you could try draining a bit off before filling the pie next time too. If you are interested, I mentioned the egg wash on the bottom crust technique in my blackberry pie recipe: https://houseofnasheats.com/homemade-blackberry-pie/.

    2. Try baking the pie in the bottom of the oven, I never have a problem with the bottom crust browning or the top crust burning.

  3. Peaches go like water in my house, and now that they sell large batches for few Euro I always bring back kilos. This recipes looks delicious and I am always in the look for new ideas. Now the peaches as not as tasty as in early summer so cooking with them is a great option.

  4. 4 stars
    Excellent pie with a scrumptious, flaky crust. As long as fresh peaches are available, I will be making this.
    Thank you for sharing this delightful recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    This is such a beautiful pie and exactly what I crave when I have lots of fresh peaches on hand. Any chance you could send one over ASAP? 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    You know, I've never made a peach pie before?! Crazy, huh? Clearly, I've been missing out cause this looks so good!!! And I LOVE peaches! Gonna have to get this beauty on the menu soon 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    This looks crazy good! I haven't had peach pie since I lived in Florida, I miss those Southern peaches so much! I'll need to track down the finest peaches available here in the UK and try this recipe soon!

  8. 5 stars
    I cannot wait to get my hands on some peaches! I made a peach pie a few years ago with the help of a friend—a friend who bakes A LOT—and it was magical. I should give it a go on my own this year because damn. SO GOOD. Saving this!

  9. Hi... This recipe looks delicious. I want to try my hand at baking a fresh peach pie. I’ve never made one. I’ve made apple, fresh strawberry pie, different berry pies. I’m just wondering do you necessarily have to peel the peaches? 

    1. Sorry for the delay getting back to you, but yes, the pie is baked at 400 degrees F for the entire time.

  10. This was my first try at making a pie. The flavor in this crust is DELICIOUS! I swear I think I could eat just the crust. The peach filling is amazing too, but be careful with the “pinch” of allspice.  Overall, this will be my go to for peach pie!

  11. Back when I was a lot younger, I could remember my recipes. Not anymore! House of Nash Eats is just like what use to bake. Thank you for helping an old lady. By the way, the pie was. Fabulous!

  12. We made this pie and it was delicious. We used coconut butter instead of shortening and grass fed butter.