Peaches have been absolutely lovely around here lately, and I wanted to make something desserty-with them to bring to an evening at J and H's. When I read first about this Peach Amaretto Jam on The Feast Within, I was reminded of a fantastic gourmet jam I had bought a while back. I promptly devoured the jar, that's how good it was. When I the read about Peach-Bourbon hand pies on Smitten Kitchen, I realized that combining the two would be genius, and a perfect party treat.
I pre-cooked the filling, which I think worked well, but I don't think is a vital step. You could probably mix the filling ingredients without heating them and it would work as a perfectly good filling. It may also be less messy,and would allow for more filling in each pie. For the crust, I used Martha's Pâte Brisée, my favorite pie crust, but might experiment with some others.
I'm submitting this to I Love to Bake at What's Cooking
4 peaches, blanched to remove skin, and diced
1/4 c sugar
2 tbs amaretto, or to taste
1 tbs cornstarch
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
heat until desired consistency (or not, see note above)
cut pie crust into rounds and place 1 tsp of filling in the center, fold over and crimp edges. cut a small slit in the top of each hand pie for venting.
bake 10-15 minutes until golden brown.