~Cozy Customs~

Favorites recipes, family traditions, holiday or vacation fun!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Peaches and Cream Pie by Author JoAnn Durgin!

 Author JoAnn Durgin

Sam Lewis, my core character in The Lewis Legacy Series, loves peaches. On my website, you’ll find And the Man Said Peaches, in which I tell the story of the amazing way the Lord used that specific word (peaches) in my life, and how significant it was on my journey to publication. Here’s a favorite recipe in my family—delicious and easy—and one I’m sure Sam would absolutely love!
Peaches and Cream Pie
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 (3 ounce) package non-instant vanilla pudding mix
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 (29 ounce) can sliced peaches, drained and syrup reserved
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease sides and bottom of a 10 inch deep-dish pie pan.
    In a medium mixing bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and pudding mix. Mix in butter, egg and milk. Beat for 2 minutes. Pour mixture into pie pan. Arrange the peach slices on top of the pudding mixture.
    In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add 1/2 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons reserved peach syrup. Beat for 2 minutes. Spoon mixture over peaches to within 1 inch of pan edge. Mix together 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and sprinkle over top.
    Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden brown. Chill before serving.

Captain Jacob Marston, Starlight, Iowa's wounded hometown hero, made a long ago promise to the Lord: he won't kiss a woman until he knows she's "the one" he'll marry. Now, at age twenty-eight, the rugged firefighter questions if it'll ever happen. Then he meets his best friend's sister, Julia Sinclair, and Jake believes he's found the woman of his dreams—but she’s promised to another. When Julia makes an unexpected confession on Christmas Day, Jake shares his secret with her, and it looks as though happily-ever-after will make a holiday appearance. But somehow, everyone in the tiny town learns Jake's secret and he's transformed from town hero to laughingstock. Did Julia reveal his secret? Can Jake and Julia find their way under the mistletoe for a forever kiss?
Theme verse: Psalm 62:1-2

JoAnn Durgin is the author of the popular Lewis Legacy Series (Torn Veil Books) and Meet Me under the Mistletoe (Pelican Group Ventures/White Rose Publishing). She lives with her husband, Jim, and their three children in her native southern Indiana. JoAnn is an estate administration paralegal in a Louisville, Kentucky law firm and loves writing Christ-honoring fiction. She’d love to hear from you via her website (www.joanndurgin.com) or drop her a line on


  1. Love the photo with the rose. I'm guessing that the pie and the book are just as good!

  2. Hi Davalyn, and thanks for stopping by! My debut novel has the yellow rose on its cover and my book series is set in Texas. Plus, I've always had a great fondness for the yellow rose. You'll have to try out the pie sometime and let me know what you think. And, of course, I hope you'll read my holiday novella (and our blog hostess Mary's novella, too - I highly recommend it!). Blessings.

  3. Hey, Sam not only loved peaches, but he was a PEACH! Your new book sounds another winner. It's on my list!

  4. A delicious recipe and story! JoAnn is a gifted writer, a blessing to have her on my blog!

  5. Thanks so much, ladies. Jude, my friend, you've been MIA. We need to catch up. Yes, I agree that Sam is a peach. Hope you get to read Jake and Julia's story very soon! And Mary, thanks for those very kind words, and right back at ya (to both of you). A friend in Philly just sent me a FB message a few days ago to say this recipe has become a family favorite in her house, too! Blessings!