Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Peach & Creme Fraiche Pie

Humminah humminah humminah.
Not a joke people.

This is serious stuff. If you could see me right now, you'd recognize the serious expression on my face. This pie is un-fricken-believeable. Absolutely amazing if not outright ridiculous! The hardest part about this pie is the crust, other than that, everything else is a snap. Tender, sweet peaches topped with crisp streusel, all mounded on top of a buttery crust... what more could you want?!?! 

Pie crust making is serious science people. It takes care and an immense amount of love. Take the time to make it right and make it delicious! I followed Deb's directions here.
See that mish mash of colors in the dough? The more uneven the butter is spread throughout the dough, the better. Butter pockets allow for a more flaky and yummy crust:
That's the streusel. Oh my goodness how good it was on this pie, no words can do it justice!
Fresh, ripe yellow peaches:
The pie filling:
Getting ready to par-bake the crust, not the most beautiful of crusts but didn't matter to me:
Stuffing in the filling and spreading the creme fraiche:
YES YES YES! Give me more streusel: 
All ready to be popped into the oven:
All mine!!!

Peach and Creme Fraiche Pie

Yields: 1 8 -9 inch pie

Original recipe from Smitten Kitchen, which can be found here.

Printable Recipe

1/2 recipe of Pie Dough, chilled for at least 1 hour, or store bought (if you wish)

For the streusel:

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. baking powder

pinch of salt

3 - 6 tbsn. flour

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold, unsalted butter, cut into pieces

For the filling:

1 1/2 lbs. ripe, yellow peaches (pitted and quartered), 4 - 5 medium peaches

2 - 4 tbsn. sugar (depending on sweetness preference)

pinch of salt

5 tbsn. creme fraiche

To prepare the pie dough, roll the dough out about 1/8 of an inch thick to fit a regular pie dish ( 9 - 10 inches in diameter). Trim the edges and fold under or crimp as desired. Use a fork to poke holes all throughout the bottom. Transfer to a freezer for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 F before you remove the crust.

To make the streusel, mix the powdered sugar, baking powder, salt and 3 tbsn. flour. Add the cold butter and use a fork to work it into the flour until it resembles course crumbs, add additional flour as needed, set aside.

To par-bake the crust, tightly press foil against the crust and fill with beans or pie weights in order to keep the crust from bubbling up. Bake for 10 minutes and then remove the foil and weights carefully. Return into the oven for another 5 minutes or until lightly brown. Transfer to rack to cool slightly. Reduce oven temperature to 375 F. 

To make the filling, sprinkle the peaches with sugar and salt. Let sit for 10 minutes. Spread 2 tbsn. of creme fraiche onto the cooked pie crust, then add the peaches and top with the remaining 3 tbsn. creme fraiche, and then the streusel. Bake until bubbly and golden brown about 40 - 50 minutes. If the edges brown up to fast, cover with foil and continue cooking. Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving. 


  1. Yum, that looks fantastic and I adore creme fraiche! Thanks for sharing! I've got four peaches I just need to get my hands on some more creme fraiche!

  2. OK...I have to make this now. Thanks for sharing!

  3. WOW this looks perfect for summer, cant wait to make it

  4. humminah is right! this looks terrific

  5. O.M.G!!!!! *runs off to kitchen looking for creme fraiche* thankyou for yet another fricken awesome recipe!!!!!