Monday, August 19, 2019

Flaming Peach Pie #6thAnnualPieathalon #EatPie

Last year this was a new-to-me event. I participated in the 5th Annual Pieathalon which was coordinated by Emily of Dinner is Served 1972. And it was a ton of fun. So, when she emailed to see if I were interested in participating in the 6th annual pieathalon, I was in!

Since I'm still new to this whole Pieathalon thing, I'll share the rules with my readers. 

1. Pick a pie recipe from a pre-1990 cookbook.
2. Email it to Emily.
3. She assigns it randomly to another pieathlete.
4. We bake.
5. We post.
6. We share.

Today's the day! Get ready for some Before the fun and games started last year, I made a Foraged Huckleberry Pie just to get my pie-making brain into gear. And it is definitely a peachy time of year because last year I was assigned a Peaches and Cream Tart. This year I received the challenge of the Flaming Peach Pie from Greg at Recipes for Rebels. The pie recipe I submitted was Hawaiian Banana Pie from the 1961 Betty Crocker's New Picture Cookbook. Catherine of Kitchen Confidence received that. I can't wait to see her version.

When two of my high school classmates were in country - one lives in Spain and one in Japan - we had an impromptu dinner party and I offered to bring dessert...and wine. It was the perfect opportunity to make my assigned pie!

The #6thAnnualPieathalon Pie Pans!

Flaming Peach Pie

As I mentioned, I was assigned a Flaming Peach Pie. I am unsure of the cookbook from which it came, but this was what I got...

I decided to embrace the entire era, using a store-bought crust and canned cling peaches. Also, I was dubious of the 'flaming part', so I had to do a test run. 

And I had no idea how hard it would be to find sugar cubes. I went to three different stores before I found some. 

Drip some extract on the sugar cube. We tried two droppers full, one dropper full, and a half. All sufficed. But the one dropper ended up being the correct amount of time for the ooo-ing and aaahhh-ing necessary.

Set it aflame with a lighter.

And watch it burn. Now to the pie... 

Ingredients makes one 9" pie

  • 2 fifteen-ounce cans organic yellow cling peaches
  • 1 pie crust (homemade - like this one - or storebought)
  • 3/4 C organic raw sugar (or you can use brown sugar)
  • 1/2 C flour
  • 1/4 C (4T) butter, softened
  • 5 sugar cubes
  • lemon extract
  • Also needed: pie pan, baking sheet, dropper, lighter


Drain the peaches thoroughly. Reserve five slices of peaches for garnish. Set aside. 

In a medium mixing bowl, place the sugar, flour, and butter. Use a fork to create a crumb topping.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and parbake the crust for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven.

Spoon the drained peaches into the parbaked crust.

Spread the crumb topping over the peaches and place the pie on a baking sheet. Return the pie to the oven for 30 to 35 minutes - until the crust is browned and the topping crisp. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

To serve, arrange five peach slices on the top, alternating with five sugar cubes. Douse each sugar cube with lemon extract.

Ignite the cubes.

Once the flames have died down, slice and serve immediately. 

My trio is alread scheming on other dishes that would benefit from the flaming sugar cubes. And I am afraid. Thanks, Greg, for the fun culinary adventure and inspiration for the 6th annual pieathalon. Can't wait till next year!


  1. How Fun! The recipe (just FYI), came from a 1956 magazine ad. I'm in the process of moving and all my cookbooks were already packed up. It's a shame that you didn't get a recipe that truly challenged your masterful culinary skills, but so glad the kids enjoyed the pyrotechnics!

    1. Thanks, Greg. Yes, they really enjoyed the pyrotechnics. Moving, huh? Hope it's smooth sailing.

  2. YAAAAAASSSS! Food on fire! Totally surprised that there wasn't any booze involved. Thank you for participating again!!!

    1. I know, right? I will definitely try it with other alcohols as the smell was delicious as it burned. Maybe grappa?!

  3. I'm glad you got that one! I'm such a klutz, I probably would have managed to burn my apartment down if I had to make it. Love the way you did a test run with the sugar cubes and varying amounts of extract. Very scientific.

  4. That's a fun one! I always forget to buy candles for birthday cakes, so maybe it will be flaming sugar cubes from here on out!

    1. I think candles are easier to find than sugar cubes though. But, yes, that's a fun tradition to start.

  5. That pie looks really fun to serve! I'm curious, how did the burned sugar cubes taste after the flames went out?

    1. I can't say that anyone ATE the burned cubes. I think they just sort of got pushed to the side. But they smelled great while they burned.

  6. I applaud you for embracing the spirit of the times and using pre-made crust and canned peaches, but no self-respecting lazy cook would use ORGANIC ingredients :)

  7. What a fun challenge! I do have some sugar cubes in my pantry.... I guess I need to ration them!!