That said, for a first attempt this didn't turn out all bad.
Yes, that is a pie -- a Joy of Cooking, 9th Edition, crust, filling, everything-from-scratch peach pie at that! And since I've made this, I've gained some vital knowledge:
- I need to get better at rolling pastry dough.
- End of the season peaches will not be as flavorful in pie as earlier ones.
- Must buy pastry brush for cream wash application on the crust!
That said, it was quite edible, and although next time I think I'll be using a more butter-based crust than a dominantly shortening-based crust, overall I give me an 8 for appearance, 6 for flavor -- and that's better than I was expecting, so overall I'm pleased.
Finally, one more picture, of the juicy crusty bits where the filling started to bubble out: