Summer is coming to an end and many in our office are taking that last week of summer holidays. Labour Day weekend is coming up so I have been wearing my summer white shoes/clothes in earnest this week since the Dowager and Lady Mary would certainly scoff at those who would wear white next week.
As you may know, virtual tea is a tradition I started, celebrating the era of “Downton Abbey”, the popular TV show, featuring a new “Downton” era recipe. Refer to my Online Guide to Afternoon Tea, helpful in understanding the traditions and dishes served at tea.
We are running out of time to enjoy summer fruit pies, and since I had left over pie pastry from last week and Lord D brought home a large quantity of peaches home from the market, we are making a simple peach pie today to reward your hard working servants after a long day in the fields. A few little tips help you make it a winning dessert.
Downton launches Season 4 next month in the UK, but not until January (see the countdown clock above) in the US and Canada on PBS. In the meantime, here are some distractions to keep your Downton cravings at bay. If you haven’t seen all seasons (1-3) beware of spoilers below.
- Sophie McShera (Daisy) chats about Joanne Froggat on set: Sometimes she forgets to challenge authority.
- The Dowager sets the scene for Season 4: Teaser Trailer video just released.
- Fun and Maggie makes it work: Elizabeth McGovern credits Maggie Smith and their sense of humour for a great show.
- A new Downton Book! Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey. I have pre-ordered mine already, click on the link to order yours.
With 220 traditional English recipes with a modern twist, this is a great book to prepare dishes for many options for celebrating the arrival of the new prince in the last few weeks of garden party season.
This 432 page ebook sells for only $7.95. Book sales help offset my costs in food, equipment and time to keep bringing you new dishes each week. You can only get a signed copy here on my site. If you don’t have an eReader I would suggest the PDF version which allows you to print recipes as you go, if you wish.
Easy Peasy Peach Pie
Blind baking is a great way to ensure that your liquids in your pie prevent the bottom from baking properly.
- Prick the unbaked bottom crust with a fork all along the bottom. This prevents it from puffing up.
- Place a large sheet of parchment paper or waxed paper over the pie plate and fill with raw beans, rice or pie weights
- Refrigerate for 15 minutes to help prevent the crust from shrinking
- Bake in your preheated oven for 15 minutes
- Cool while you prepare the filling, or wrap and freeze if you want to have a pie crust ready for a future bake.