As part of the Recipe Off-Roading series, I took Amanda Hesser's Peach Tart and got stuck in the mud. My biggest hurdle was that I was given this project to work on in Mid-Spring -- not a decent peach to be found for another two or three months, so I had to improvise. Then the improv wouldn't stop. And I ended up changing a lot: the crust, the fillings, the toppings.
In the end, while it's not Amanda's tart recipe, it's still stupid delicious. So here's the Back to the Drawing Board Peach Pie. —Jonathan Patrick