Peaches and Cream Pretzel Pie.
Sweet, buttery, salty, and oh so creamy, this is the best Peaches and Cream Pretzel Pie. The crust is a mix of salty pretzels, sweet honey, and a bit of butter. The cream filling is made with four base ingredients…heavy cream, crème fraîche, vanilla, and a touch of sugar. The filling is spooned into the salty crust and topped with in-season honeyed peaches. Trust me, this peaches and cream pie is roll your eyes back delicious. Every bite is sweet, salty, creamy, and bursting with juicy peaches. The perfect summertime treat!
Happy Friday, happy August!
And for real, thank goodness it’s Friday, what a week! At this current moment in time, I want nothing more than to tell you about this pie and then go chill for the rest of the weekend. Will that actually happen? No probably not. If you couldn’t already tell from my tone, it’s been a bit of a week. Some of it great, some of it, well, a bit frustrating. You know those days when one thing goes wrong, and then it’s like a domino effect, and everything goes wrong?
Yeah, that kind of sums up parts of my week. I mean, don’t get me wrong, nothing horrible happened, it just had some frustrating moments. Such is life though, right? It’s not always sunshine and daisies, but it’s ok. Days like today just make you appreciate the good ones all that much more. So on the bright side, one not so great day means I can look forward to an amazing day in the very near feature.
Positivity people…let’s embrace it.
Also? Let’s embrace this peaches and cream pretzel pie. Meaning, let’s talk about it and then make it this weekend!
Sound good? GREAT. I’m going to tell you all the details and then impatiently stalk Instagram for your photos of pie all weekend. My favorite thing in the world is viewing what everyone has made on Instagram. It’s so fun and you guys always do such a good job!!
The crust. It’s made with pretzels, honey, and butter. Sooo, it’s salty, sweet, and buttery. It gets toasted in the oven until golden and lightly browned, giving it a bit of a nutty browned butter flavor. Meaning it is perfectly delicious.
The filling? It’s also perfect. Made with cream and my current favorite ingredient, crème fraîche. Using crème fraîche in addition to heavy cream creates a light, airy, and extra creamy whipped cream. Lightly sweetened and flavored with vanilla, it’s the perfect rich cream to spoon into the salty crust.
For the peaches, I kept them simple. Honey + peaches = the best summer combo.
Now, layer everything together and you’ll have the perfect peaches and cream pretzel pie. It. Is. DELICIOUS.
And oh so pretty too.
Ok, now some notes because you need to know a few things.
Thing one: you need to allow time for the pie to chill. The cream needs time to set up and become firm enough for slicing, so make sure to plan ahead when making this.
Thing two: slicing this pie is messy. Yeah, messy. There’s really no other way to say it. With the peaches on top and the cream on the bottom, it’s just a messy pie to cut into. Do not let this scare you away. Sometimes you just need to embrace messy. In the case of this pie, messy is a good thing.
Thing three: well, thing two brings me to thing three. If you want a cleaner cut, freeze your pie, which is what I did for these photos. Freezing the pie makes creating clean slices super easy. By the time you’ve sliced the pie, it’s pretty thawed out and perfect for eating. That said, the frozen pie will not be quite as creamy as the non-frozen pie. Which is why I’m providing you with BOTH variations. Use the one you’ll love best.
And with that. I think we should all spend a little time on Friday making peaches and cream pie. I’d start with this laid back pasta dinner and finish up with pie. I’d also like to binge-watch the new Veronica Mars (anyone else with me on that?).
Certainly my ideal night.
See you all Sunday for another favorites post!
Lastly, if you make this Peaches and Cream Pretzel Pie be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
Peaches and Cream Pretzel Pie.
The crust is a mix of salty pretzels, sweet honey, and a bit of butter. The cream filling is made with four base ingredients...heavy cream, crème fraîche, vanilla, and a touch of sugar. The filling is spooned into that salty crust and topped with in-season honeyed peaches.
Peaches and Cream Filling
1. To make the crust. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the pretzel crumbs, butter, honey, and cinnamon, and mix until combined. Remove 2 tablespoons of the dough and spread on a small baking sheet. Press the remaining dough into an 8-9 inch pie plate. Transfer both to the oven and bake until toasted, about 8 minutes. Let cool completely before filling. Break the extra dough into crumbs and set aside for serving.
3. Meanwhile, make the cream. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream and vanilla on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the crème fraîche and sugar and beat until incorporated, 30 seconds. Chill until ready to use.
4. To assemble, spread the raspberry jam over the bottom of the cooled crust and then spoon the cream over top, spreading in an even layer. Cover and chill for 6 hours, preferably overnight, until firm. Alternately, see freezing directions below.
5. To make the peaches. Bring the honey to a low boil in a medium saucepan, simmer 1 minute and remove from the heat and stir in the peaches, tossing to combine. Let sit 10 minutes, until cooled.
6. To serve, spoon a few peach slices over the cream, reserving the remaining peaches + honey for serving individually. Add a handful of raspberries and sprinkle on the reserve pretzel crumbs. Slice and serve immediately, topped with additional peaches and honey sauce.
To make a frozen pie. Complete the recipe through step 4. Chill the pie while you make the peaches, then top the pie with peaches and freeze until firm, 3-4 hours or overnight. To serve, remove the pie 10 minutes before slicing. Slice and serve as directed above. The pie can be frozen for up to 2 weeks.
To make ahead: if you'd like to make the pie ahead time, just keep the peaches off the pie until serving (unless you are making the frozen pie). You can keep the pie and honeyed peaches separately in the fridge for about a day before you are ready to serve.
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