Alton Brown's Pie Crust

Streusel Topped Peach Pie

Author Eric Samuelson (Eat Like No One Else)


For the pie crust

  • 3 ounces butter chilled
  • 1 ounce lard chilled
  • 8 ounces about 1 cup pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup ice water

For the peach filling

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup potato or tapioca flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 medium peaches or 6 large peaches peeled and sliced

For the streusel topping

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • sprinkling demerara sugar optional
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter cut into cubes


Making the pie crust

  1. Combine the flour and salt in your favorite mixing bowl.
  2. Cut in the butter and lard. I just use my hands to rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles corn meal.
  3. Then add the ice cold water. Cold water will keep the butter from melting. You just want enough water to bring the dough together. Add more a little a time if you need to.
  4. Form the dough into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap.
  5. Place in the fridge for 1 hour. This gives the flour time to hydrate as well as making sure the fat is cold.

Making the filing

  1. While the crust is in the fridge, peel and slice your peaches for your filling. Place the sliced peaches in a bowl and add both sugars, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  2. Taste and add more sugar or spices if needed.
  3. Then add potato or tapioca flour. Mix to combine.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

Making the topping

  1. Make the topping using the same method you did to make the pie crust. First combine flour and sugar.
  2. Then work in the butter. Set aside.

Getting the dough in the pan

  1. Take the dough out of the fridge. Roll out the dough into a circle. I place my pie pan over top the dough to see if my circle is big enough if not, I keep going until it is.
  2. Lay the pie pan back on top of the dough. Flip over. Straighten the dough out if need to be to make it fit.
  3. Then using a fork, dock the dough.
  4. Blind bake in the oven for 10 mintues at 400 degrees. Remove from oven.

Add the filling and topping

  1. Now just dump your filling into the pie shell. Make sure the filling is distributed evenly.
  2. Now sprinkle on evenly your topping. The pieces should be small so if you have a big chunks, make sure to break them down before sprinkling on top.
  3. Then add a few pinches of demerara sugar if you have it right on top.


  1. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-45 minutes or until the topping and crust has started to brown.
  2. Check the pie after 20 minutes to see how it's progressing.


  1. Never cut into a hot pie.
  2. The filing needs time to cool and set up or you will end up with a soupy mess. So just wait until the pie cool completely before enjoying. Resist the urge. Leave the house or lock the pie into a safe if you need to. If you having trouble waiting you can always read all of my 1000 plus posts!