Fruit pies are always popular at the holiday gatherings. There are just so many delicious pie options to choose from. While most people tend to serve the typical fruit filling varieties of apple pie, peach, cherry, etc. there’s a peach blueberry pie that was made famous at the Elsah Landing restaurant that you definitely need to try. It’s a unique pie recipe and one of my favorite fruit combinations for a summer pie!
Authentic Elsah Landing Peach Blueberry Pie Recipe
One of my favorite desserts that my grandmother used to make was indeed the peach blueberry pie. Sweet peaches and juicy blueberries truly made for one very delicious and beautiful pie. Add just a little cinnamon to the homemade pie crust and you’d have the perfect mix of flavor.
Nana was the type of woman who just had to have all the pie recipes that she came in contact with. Especially when it was recipes that came from restaurants. She enjoyed making authentic favorites for her friends and family. Mostly unique treasures that are only found at specific restaurants. When my grandparents would travel or try a new place to eat then my grandmother would often get a cookbook. She’d even ask for the secret recipes and insist that she would tell no one else. The memory definitely makes me smile just thinking about her trying her hardest to get that one coveted recipe.
When she passed away I inherited many of her cookbooks. Over the years she had become a collector of cookbooks so there were a lot! So many treasured recipes. It’s so special to me when I go through and find notes she has made or hand-written recipe cards that she was able to snag from chef.
The Elsah Landing’s bakery was of course also known for other fresh fruit pie concoctions. Like the blueberry rhubarb pie recipe on the note card above. It’s clearly a pie recipe that my Nana snagged from someone at the restaurant!
One of my grandparent’s favorite restaurants was Elsah Landing in the River Road town of Elsah, IL. And that peach blueberry pie that is a family favorite? It was a cherished Elsah Landing dessert.
Both the restaurant and bakery closed in 2001, but the recipes will forever live on.
Homemade Peach Blueberry Pie
*This unique pie recipe is from the Elsah Landing Restaurant Cookbook.
– 2 pastry crusts (9 inch)
– 3 cups sliced peaches (fresh or frozen)
– 3 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
– 1 cup sugar
– 3 Tablespoons quick cooking tapioca
– 1/8 teaspoon salt
– 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
– 1 Tablespoon butter
– Dash of cinnamon (optional)
– Lemon zest (optional)
– Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
– Combine peaches and blueberries in a large bowl.
– Combine sugar, tapioca, and salt in a separate medium bowl. Then add to peaches and blueberries. Stir gently to mix well.
– Sprinkle lemon juice over fruit. Toss lightly to mix.
– Put bottom crust in 9-inch pie plate, trim edges, and motion top edge.
– Spoon fruit mixture into pie.
– Cut butter in small pieces and place over fruit.
– At this point you can add lemon zest and about a teaspoon ground cinnamon if you desire. Again it’s totally optional.
– Place top crust over pie, trim edges, and flute or crimp edges. Using a paring knife, make small slits in top of the crust in several places. (This makes a flaky crust, but you could always make this recipe with a lattice crust or even crumb topping.)
– Place pie on the oven rack in the center of the oven and bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 30-45 minutes, or until the buttery crust is golden brown.
This pie bakes up perfectly and is so delicious! Simple ingredients with the perfect mix of juicy peaches and plump blueberries. Perfect for any time of year or served with vanilla ice cream.
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What are the most popular types of pie?
Most people like cherry, apple, plain blueberry, strawberry, etc. But another pie that is always popular around the holidays is pumpkin pie.
Not just for the holidays!
Fruit pies aren’t just for the holidays. Make them all year long!
Tips For Making Peach Blueberry Pie
Here are some tips for making peach blueberry pie:
- Use ripe peaches. The peaches should be soft and juicy, but not mushy. If the peaches are too hard, they will not cook down properly and the pie will be dry.
- Peel the peaches if desired. This is a personal preference, but many people find that the skin of the peach can be unpleasant in a pie. If you do choose to peel the peaches, be sure to do it carefully so as not to damage the flesh of the fruit.
- Don’t overmix the filling. Overmixing the filling will make the pie tough. Simply toss the peaches, blueberries, and sugar together until they are evenly coated.
- Use a lattice crust. A lattice crust adds a beautiful and rustic touch to a peach blueberry pie. It is also a good way to prevent the filling from bubbling out of the pie.
- Don’t overbake the pie. The pie is done when the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Overbaking the pie will make the crust tough and the filling dry.
- Use a pie shield or strips of foil to prevent the crust from burning.
- Let the pie cool completely before slicing and serving. This will help the juices to thicken and the pie to be easier to slice.
- Don’t forget to enjoy!
*** updated with tips in July 2023