Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Peaches & Cream Summer Dream

Another month has flown by which means Hello Pie!  This month's You Want Pies With That challenge comes from the dangerously talented Erin of Milk & Honey: "'Summer Fruit Pies'For July, how about we highlight summer fruits...berries, cherries, peaches, etc. All the goodies that are season now that we can enjoy before they're gone again." 

Um, yes please.  I love, love, l-o-v-e summer fruits, so this inspirational theme was a no-brainer for me.  I decided to go with the amazing, the loyal, the lovely peach.  One big reason is because they're insanely good right now; I picked up a few at the farmer's market and was hooked on this season's crop.  The pie below is fairly easy, it just requires a step-by-step process.  As long as you have good kitchen supplies, the different elements should come together seamlessly and hopefully with delightful results.

Peaches & Cream Summer Dream Pie

1 1/2-2 c of GF cookie crumbs, (shortbreads put in a processor or blender until fine work nicely)
1/4-1/2 c butter or non-dairy spread, melted
cane sugar to taste
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 c powdered sugar
1/2 c sour cream
splash vanilla (optional)
2 lbs fresh peaches, pitted and peeled
2 tbs tapioca flour/starch

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix cookie crumbs, butter and sugar to taste together to form your crust; if the crumbs look too dry add more butter.
Press mixture firmly into pie plate or tart pan.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and set.

Cream the powdered sugar, sour cream, and cream cheese until smooth.
Splash with a little vanilla extract for an extra hit of flavor, and/or set aside.

Puree peaches.
Pour puree into a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently to make sure the puree doesn't burn.
Add the tapioca flour/starch to puree and stir in until the puree thickens up a bit.
Set aside to cool.

Once crust is room temperature, pour cream layer into shell.
Layer peach puree layer on top.
Refrigerate for 4 hours-overnight.
Slice and decorate with other fruit purees, whipped cream, or fresh herbs.
Serve this twist on a summery creamsicle to guests with a smile on your face.

Among other things, this pie is surprisingly refreshing.  You wouldn't necessarily think that's the case considering the layer of cream cheesy goodness tucked under that fantastic fruit puree, but it really does heighten and brighten the senses, just like summer does :)

I can't wait to see what the other pie mavens came up with!  Can you?  You don't have to if you visit YWPWT and check them out :)


  1. Oh golly, this looks good! I adore anything with peaches!!!

  2. Mmmm, this pie looks tasty! I love love love peach pie, and this sounds like a terrific variation!

  3. This sounds delicious! I love the idea of peach pie, but I've never made one before. I'll have to give it a try!

  4. What a delightful twist on peach pie! I love it!

  5. It is so great when the stone fruit starts showing up at the market. Your peach dish looks absolutely divine.

  6. Your pie sounds wonderful! Peaches & cream cheese are so delish together! Great catching up with you last night :) xo