Peach pie with speculoos crust

July 3rd, 2013 Laura

In a previous posting on this page, I’ve mentioned speculataas, a kind of cookie it has become traditional for my family to bake during Christmas season. They are spicy, brown cookies, adorned with the occasional sliced nut, and nearly everybody who eats them, loves them, and secretly covets the recipe. (Sorry, folks, I’m not going to reveal the secret recipe here!)
Anyway, my sister recently got the idea that I should make a peach pie with a speculataa cookie crust. (i.e., one giant speculataa for mankind!) Preparatory to this, we mounted a family expedition to a farmers’ market, and got the peaches, which are in season, as of this writing. I can understand her reasoning, after all, the vast majority of peach pie fillings have just a leetle bit of cinnamon and nutmeg to kick things up, and these particular cookies have those spices (and more) as major ingredients. And she thought making a crust would be as simple as making a batch of the cookie dough and rolling it out into piecrust form. Then, to ensure the crust/giant pie-pan formed cookie would be done all the way through, blind-bake it for some time (I chose 5 min) before adding the filling. I wasn’t nearly as confident, but I agreed to make a test pie to try it out.
One thing she failed to realize: most peach pies have a top crust. I ran into 2 problems here: 1) There wasn’t quite enough of the dough in just one recipe for the cookies to make a double-crust for a standard-sized pie, 2) how do you blind-bake a top crust. I ended up placing the partial top crust I had on top of the pie filling raw and baking it as is and hoping for the best, while I blind-baked the bottom crust as requested.
Rolling out the crust proved much more difficult than expected, even though I had kept the dough in the fridge overnight as I would if I were making it into the cookies. Either the early July heat completely undid the chilling of the dough, or it was going to be incredibly sticky anyway and under any circumstances it is handled, but it became incredibly sticky and fell apart quite easily when I tried to roll it out. I had to just take little bits and smush ‘em into the bottom & sides of the pie pan, basically pushing segments together, like putting together a puzzle of Pangaea. I hope it comes out in a reasonably edible form. Stay tuned.

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