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Crème Fraîche Blush Peach Pie

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~ raw, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free option ~

Crème Fraîche (krem ˈfreSH) is a type of thick cream made from heavy cream with the addition of buttermilk, sour cream, or yogurt. I didn’t use any heavy cream, buttermilk, sour cream, or yogurt… but the texture of this pie is as if I had.  Before my years of dabbling in raw foods, I had no earthly clue that cashews could offer up such a wonderful texture and similar flavor when paired with the right ingredients.

Before my years of dabbling in raw foods, I had no earthly clue that cashews could offer up such a wonderful texture and similar flavor when paired with the right ingredients.

Before my years of dabbling in raw foods, I had no earthly clue that cashews could offer up such a wonderful texture and similar flavor when paired with the right ingredients.

If you are unable to enjoy the culinary miracle that cashews have to offer, you can use the flesh of Young Thai Coconuts, blended to a very thick consistency or you can use organic, BPA-free, canned, full-fat coconut milk.  If you do use the canned version, place the can in the fridge and allow it to chill overnight.

The next morning, gently turn the can over and open it. Pour the liquid out (reserving for a smoothie) and scoop out the very thick coconut cream in the bottom.  You will need 2 cups worth which might be 3-4 cans. Thought I would address this now since the question always pops up when discussing substitutions.

This cream pie has a wonderfully soft and smooth texture.  Because I used fresh fruit, I choose not to freeze the pie.  I don’t care for the icy mouth-feel of frozen fruit, plus I wanted the pie to have a fluffy-cream-like feel.  You can make this pie ahead of time and freeze it.  I would recommend transferring it from the freezer to the fridge the day before serving, so it can thaw.  You can place the fresh diced peaches on top than or right before serving.

The base of the pie has a thick cream peachy flavor that married perfectly with the gentle firmness of the fresh diced peaches. The key is use perfectly ripe peaches.  Anything less will create a lack of flavor in your creation, and nobody wants that!  I removed the skin from the peaches that I used, and when I did, I was able to easily remove the skin just by grabbing it with my fingernails… that gives you a good idea as to how ripe they were.  Enjoy the summer freshness of this amazing creampie! Blessings. amie sue

8/24/17 ~ I made this cheesecake today and removed the added sweeteners, replacing it with Markus Sweet which is made from Lohan Guo Monkfruit and Erythritol, a natural alcohol sugar found in the human body made from non-gmo plant sources. It has no effect on the gastrointestinal tract: no gas, no diarrhea. It’s zero calories, zero glycemic, and doesn’t raise blood sugar or insulin. Great for diabetics. Does not feed Candida or yeast. A good option to make this pie with no added sugars. Enjoy, many blessings. amie sue


Yields 9″ pie


Filling: (4 cups batter)




  1. Line the base of the pan with plastic wrap or give it a light coating of coconut oil.
    • This will aid in removing the cake from the pan.
  2. Place the oats, coconut, and salt in the food processor, using the “S” blade, and process until broken down as fine as you can get it.
  3. Add stevia, coconut butter, water, and maple syrup.  Process until the batter sticks together when pinched.
  4. Loosely place the crust batter around the bottom of the pan.
    • With a gentle hand, drag some of the batter up along the sides of the pan.  Complete the edge first, then the base.
    • Press the batter in firmly but evenly.
    • I use a straight-edged measuring cup to do this… see photos below.
  5. Scatter 1 cup of diced peaches on the base of the crust. Set aside while you prepare the filling.


  1. Drain the soaked cashews and discard the soak water.  Place in a high-speed blender.
  2. In a high-powered blender combine the; cashews, peaches, lemon juice sweeteners, vanilla, and salt.
    • Due to the volume and the creamy texture that we are going after, it is important to use a high-powered blender.  It could be too taxing on a lower-end model.
    • Blend until the filling is creamy smooth.   You shouldn’t detect any grit.  If you do, keep blending.
    • This process can take 2-4 minutes, depending on the strength of the blender.  Keep your hand cupped around the base of the blender carafe to feel for warmth.  If the batter is getting too warm, stop the machine and let it cool.  Then proceed once cooled.
    • For sugar-free use, 1/2 cup (81 g) Markus Sweet, powdered instead of the sweetener listed above.
  3. With a vortex going in the blender, drizzle in the coconut oil, and then add the lecithin.  Blend just long enough to incorporate everything together.  Don’t over-process.  The batter will start to thicken.
    • What is a vortex?  Look into the container from the top and slowly increase the speed from low to high,  the batter will form a small vortex (or hole) in the center.  High-powered machines have containers that are designed to create a controlled vortex, systematically folding ingredients back to the blades for smoother blends and faster processing… instead of just spinning ingredients around, hoping they find their way to the blades.
    • If your machine isn’t powerful enough or built to do this, you may need to stop the unit often to scrape the sides down.
  4. Pour the batter into the pan and gently tap the pan on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
  5. Add the remaining 1 cup of diced peaches, letting them sink a bit into the filling.
  6. Chill overnight or for 6-8 hours in the freezer.  Remove the day before serving, storing it in the fridge.
  7. Pile on the 2 cups of diced peaches on top, making an attractive mound.
  8. Store the cheesecake in the fridge for 3-5 days.

The Institute of Culinary Ingredients™

38 thoughts on “Crème Fraîche Blush Peach Pie

  1. Andrea A says:

    Pure genius! Thank you for yet another masterpiece! :)

  2. Michele says:

    Hi, this looks amazing! How much lecithin did you use? It isn’t on the ingredients list:)

    Ps: There isn’t any liquid lecithin in where I live, can I use lecithin granules instead and if so how much would you recommend?

    • amie-sue says:

      Ooops, thanks for catching that… I slipped a gear. hehe I added it in… 2 Tbsp and yes you can grind the granules down to a powder. That is what I use. I always use the sunflower based because I can’t eat soy but either can be used. Blessings! amie sue

  3. Gudula says:

    You mention lecithin in your filling directions but I could not find the type of lecithin you use or the amount in the ingredient list.
    Love your recipes, I learn a lot from you!

  4. Joanne Moore says:

    Hi Amie Sue,
    I want to do this pie and noticed lecithin in the recipe but cannot find the “amount of lecithin” in the recipe filling. Could you please clarify. With thanks

  5. Lori says:

    Hi. I have two questions. You said we can substitute a different sweetener if not comfortable with agave. Did you mean the stevia? I don’t see agave in the recipe. And then when blending, you were talking about adding lecithin. But i didn’t see lecithin listed in the ingredients. So how much do we use? Thanks for another awesome sounding recipe!!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Lorie…

      I added the lecithin into the ingredient list, a slip up on my behalf. I haven’t tried making a whole like these with just stevia. You will lose a lot of liquid volume if you replace the agave with just stevia which will throw off the whole recipe. You could use maple syrup in its place, though its not raw. If you want to use only stevia, please let me know how it goes. My husband can’t handle stevia so when I use it, it is in just small amounts where he doesn’t detect it. Have a great day, amie sue

      • Laurie says:

        Hi Amoe-Sue! I think Lori is referencing that stevia is in your ingredients list, maybe you meant agave there? Can’t wait to try this :)

        • Lori says:

          Hi ladies. That is what I meant Laurie. I personally dont care for stevia at all!!

          • amie-sue says:

            Oh, goodness, how did I misunderstand you! Sorry. The amount of stevia in this cake is so little that it isn’t detected, it just elevates the other sweetener, giving it brightness. You can omit if you don’t want to use it though. amie sue

  6. Andrea A says:

    Hi again, Regarding substitutions…..for medical reasons I can only use sweeteners that won’t antagonize candida. So typically I use stevia, although you responded to another question that substituting stevia for the liquid sweetener would reduce the volume & change the whole outcome of this recipe. The only liquid sweetener I can use is Yacón syrup. The taste is somewhat stronger than the maple syrup you recommend, more like a barley malt syrup or a mild molasses. In your opinion, would this significantly alter the final taste of this pie? Thanks. :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Andrea,

      I am familiar with Yacon syrup… it would change the coloring (due to its dark brown, thick color) and flavor (due to its richness in a particular flavor note)… not to say that would be a bad thing it just won’t be like the pie I created. It’s worth experimenting with since these are your dietary limitations. Sorry to hear that you have candida. Blessings in your health and healing journey. amie sue

  7. Andrea A says:

    Thanks, Amie Sue. I’ll give it a try & let u know. :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Please do… it’s impossible for me to try all the different substatutions designing recipe, so hearing how others have to adapt recipes due to medical reasons will help others along as well. :) amie sue

  8. Joanne Moore says:

    Hi again,
    Can I use 2 tablespoons of liquid sunflower lecithin (its kinda pasty) instead of the powder??

  9. Marsha A says:

    Absolutely beautiful and scrumptious! Sad that I don’t have any to eat right now!

  10. Gayle says:

    Looks so amazing. A must try. Love your skill and artistry in the kitchen, and your generosity in sharing.

  11. Joanne Moore says:

    Hi Amie Sue,
    I just made this awesome recipe….it is basking in my freezer at the moment for 6-8 hrs as specified. I so look forward to tasting it. Will of course let you know the outcome of all my work!!!1 :)

  12. Joanne Moore says:

    This is an absolutely divine pie. So easy to make and so good. My peaches were not as ripe as I would have preferred so do make it with “very” ripe peaches. Just the same it turned out pretty to look at and wonderful to taste and just as important for me, it is not overpoweringly sweet. It reminded me of coconut cream pie with peaches! And I like that. Thanks so much for another winner Amie Sue…..and a great one to bring when you are guesting at someone’s house. THUMBS WAY UP! :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you so much Joanne. I loved hearing from you! I am thrilled that you enjoyed the pie. I too liked that it wasn’t too sweet, it really allowed for the peaches to shine through. :) I appreciate that you took the time to share this with me. Many blessings, amie sue :)

  13. Joanne Moore says:

    PS….I think this would also work with nicely ripe mangoes….what do you think?

  14. Utanja says:

    Wonderful pie! The coconut flavor is definitely an added bonus! It’s always funny how people cannot seem to figure out how this is raw and love the fact that it’s not bad for you AND it tastes delicious!
    Thank you so much for all your yummy recipes (I’ve tried quite a few, Teriyaki kale chips is one of my favorites!) and all the extra info you always provide to make sure the end result is as good as your beautiful pictures!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Utanja… I really loved hearing from you. :) Yes, I know just what you mean. I had Bob take a raw Pecan Cheesecake dessert to a music jam last night and no one could believe that it was dairy-free, etc. I always love that. Your words were so uplifting this morning. Thank you so much. Have a blessed day! amie sue

  15. chelle says:

    hello :).. 2 things..can I do with out the lecithin and the coconut oil? Thanks

    • amie-sue says:

      That’s a tough on Chelle. You can omit the lecithin and not have an ill effect on the outcome but the coconut oil adds to the creamy texture and helps it to set up. You can use pureed young Thai coconut meat and see how that goes, but it won’t set up as well. You may need to keep the pie in the freezer up until serving. Happy holidays! amie sue

  16. Juliana says:

    Hi Amie-Sue,

    For the crust, can I use coconut oil instead of coconut butter?

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Juliana,
      Yes that would be fine if you don’t have the coconut butter. The butter adds more a richness but both help the crust to set up. Enjoy and keep me posted how it goes. :) amie sue

  17. Nickidu says:

    Hi Amie Sue,

    I made this cake last weekend and it was a hit. So delicious, thank you.

    I have a high powered blender, but when I mixed the cashews and had a vortex going to add the coconut oil, the mixture got extremly hot. Does this not ruin the cashews? I did not have it run all that long.

    • amie-sue says:

      Good day, Nickidu… Goodness, it shouldn’t be getting hot let alone extremely hot. Is your machine working properly? I usually keep my hand cupped around the base of the blender carafe to monitor the temperature. It can get warm to the touch at times, but never hot. If it should start to feel too warm, stop the machine and let things cool down, especially if you are aiming to preserve the “rawness” of your ingredients.

      Did you soak the cashews to help soften them prior to blending? See if this issue arises again, if it does then I would question the function of the blender. Let’s see if we can troubleshoot this together. :) blessings, amie sue

      • Nickidu says:

        Hi Amie, I did soak the cashews like you said. I think it’s my blender. It got extremely hot and not for the first time. I could barely touch the container and there was steam coming out the top. I have a Health Master Elite Blender by Montel Williams and I think you are right. Time to toss it out and get a better one. Thanks, Angie

        • amie-sue says:

          Good evening Angie,

          I think we found the culprit then. I haven’t heard of the blender before so I don’t know much about it. I highly recommend a Vitamix. I have been using mine for a decade now. I know a high powered blender can be an investment but there are certain items that are worth it, and this is one. If you have a tight budget, look on Craigslist or if you are on Facebook, so if your area has a local Facebook Virtual garage sale page. Best of luck! blessings, amie sue

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