August 24th is National Peach Pie Day! Celebrate with a slice at the Roadhouse.
by Marcy Harris
I love pie. It’s always been my favorite dessert, no matter what the season. I’ve been asked what my favorite is many times, and I will always say “yes”. Cherry? You bet. Apple? Absolutely. Blueberry? Of course!
Peach pie will always hold a special place in my heart, however. For me, it has always tasted like summer, like bright sunny days and picnics. There is something really special about baked peaches, and the way their juice creates a warm golden syrup one could call liquid sunshine. Growing up, it was the last taste of freedom before going back to school.
Every bite is peachy keen!
The Country Peach Pie was actually the first pie I tasted from Zingerman’s Bakehouse after moving to Ann Arbor. I hadn’t started working for Zingerman’s yet, but I was a couple weeks away from getting hired in at the Roadhouse. It was right smack in the middle of August, and I was finishing up my shopping at Plum Market when I saw it. A layer of golden sugary oats standing out amongst all the other pie crusts. I didn’t bat an eye before snagging it, along with a pint of Zingerman’s Creamery gelato.
The experience was extraordinary. The Country Peach Pie is made with fresh peaches and a touch of real vanilla, then topped with rolled oats baked with brown sugar and browned butter. After warming the pie, the brown sugar melts into the soft peaches, offering warm pockets of sugary goodness. Each bite, when folded in with the tender oats, rolls out in waves of flavor that wrap one up in hazy summer memories. I felt like a kid all over again!
A perfect end to a peach of a season.
There is no surprise that this amazing dessert is a favorite for many of our diners at the Roadhouse. It really is perfect with the vanilla gelato from Zingerman’s Creamery. When the vanilla gelato melts into the pie, it creates thick, luscious pools of peaches and cream. It’s the perfect way to end a meal, perhaps along with a steaming cup of Roadhouse Joe.
It’s time. Before the picnic basket gets packed away and the school clothes laid out, come by the Roadhouse and treat yourself to Country Peach Pie before it goes on vacation until next year!