Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Strawberry Cherry Pie with Cashew Cream Topping (gluten free, grain free, dairy free, cane-sugar free, SCD friendly)

This pie is fantastic.  I do believe cherry pie is the greatest thing EVER.  I made this for my sweetie pie (my husband) for our 10 year anniversary.  He LOVED it and I'm so excited to share it with you (and psst, it's SCD friendly) hooray!  As you might know, us folks on the SCD don't have a lot of options in the thickening department.  Gelatin (while not my first choice otherwise) is great at thickening desserts.  But fruit does contain natural pectin, so this may thicken up a bit without the gelatin, but won't hold its shape.  For vegans not following SCD, I've provided options below.  

Pie Filling Ingredients:
-1 pound seeded black cherries
-1 pound strawberries
-1/4 cup honey (vegans use 1/4 cup agave or maple syrup)
-3 dates, seeded and chopped
-1/4 cup orange juice
-1/3 cup cool water
-1 tablespoon of grass fed gelatin (vegans use guar gum)*

How To:
1.  Wash and trim strawberries.  Wash and seed cherries (see below for how I seed cherries).
2.  To a medium sauce pan, add strawberries, cherries, honey, chopped dates, and orange juice.  Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer for about 10 minutes.  
3.  Remove pot from heat.  In a small bowl, mix 1/3 cup cool water with 1 packet of gelatin.  Pour gelatin into hot berry mixture.  Stir to incorporate.  You will see it start to thicken up a bit.  
4.  Pour hot berry mixture into baked pie crust (you will have some leftover, so don't overfill crust.  This leftover mixture makes a tasty jello, so place in a small glass container and store in fridge, when firm, top with cashew cream for a yummy snack).
5.  Allow pie mixture to cool at room temperature.  When cool, place in fridge and allow to set up for at least 4 hours.
6.  Top with cashew cream and serve.

-I used this cookie recipe for the crust (omit cacao for SCD and add 2 tablespoons coconut flour)
-It helps to oil the entire glass pie dish, line the bottom with wax or parchment paper, then push in the dough.  Poke some holes in the bottom of the crust before baking. Bake 375 for 12 minutes.  See notes for additional crust recipes. 

Cashew Cream Topping:
-2 cups cashews soaked for 4-6 hours
-1/4 cup coconut oil
-1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla 
-1/3 cup honey (vegans use agave or maple syrup) 
-3/4 cup liquid + more to blend up properly (you can use date sweetened water, nut milk or just plain water for the liquid).  
-1 teaspoon lemon flavor (optional)

How To:
1.  In high speed blender, blend above ingredients.  Add the initial 3/4 cup liquid and blend.  Add more liquid until a soft, creamy texture is acheived.  
2.  Transfer into glass storage and place in fridge for at least 4 hours (this mixture will thicken in the fridge)
3.  Top pie

*As a general rule, if a recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of gelatin, vegans can substitute 3/4 teaspoon of guar gum.  This resource says to replace gelatin with guar gum at a ratio of 1 part guar gum for every 5 parts gelatin (e.g., 1/2 teaspoon guar gum will replace 2 1/2 teaspoons gelatin). 
*Additional SCD crust recipes: (1) Honey Gram Cracker Crust, (2) Dan's Awesome Pie Crust, (3) Vegan Raw Pie Crust, (4) Deep Dish Pie Crust
I use one of my stainless steel straws to seed the cherries - they pop right out!
Serve with coconut vanilla bean ice cream (SCD friendly) 
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  1. Gabby @ the veggie nookJuly 5, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    I just LOVE that you used a cashew cream as the topping! I'm not a big pie person but oh my goodness, I can't imagine why not when I'm looking at this! Next time an occasion calls for pie, I'll be coming here for the recipe ;)

    1. Awe, thank so much Gabby! You made my day. :-)

  • Heather @Gluten-Free CatJuly 5, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Are you kidding me? I haven't even tasted it yet, and this is already my new favorite pie! Love the combination of cherries and strawberries. And the cashew cream sounds like a dream!!! Happy anniversary! Ours is in 4 days, and guess what I'm making for my guy! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    1. Thanks Heather. I appreciate your enthusiasm. And the cashew cream is really tasty (and so creamy). Man oh man I love me some cashews. And thanks for the sweet wishes. You also have a wonderful anniversary.

  • I officially have a twin-you! I JUST took a strawberry cherry crisp out of my oven to cool to celebrate my anniversary tonight. If I didn't just make it, I would totally make this amazing pie. I absolutely love your cashew cream topping-I want to dive right in and eat it now!

    1. Yes indeed Laura! It's official. We are just waaay too much alike. I checked out your crisp and it looks amazing. Love! And happy anniversary to you too.

  • gfe--gluten free easilyJuly 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    I think your blog is quickly becoming The Tasty Alternative Pie! You've given us so many beautiful pies and tarts, Amber. :-) This one is stunning. I knew that going SCD would not hold you back one little bit, and I was right! ;-)


    1. Hi Shirley,

      Oh well now you are just too sweet (I was going to say sweet as pie)...he he, snort.

      I've never been much of a baker, but this kind of baking I can do. It was so good, I'm craving those delicious cherries.

  • homecookedhealthyJuly 5, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Fantastic idea! Will certainly try this subing stevia for the honey. I have a recipe similar to your cashew cream cheese that I use on raw fruit pizzas - so good!

    1. Hi there,

      Stevia would work great! The berries are so sweet, I debated on even adding any sweetener.

  • Gorgeous Amber, what a fantastic dessert for celebrating 10 years together! Congratulations x

    1. Hi Vicky,

      Thanks so much! :-)

      I'm quoting your FB suggestion regarding options for for vegans/vegetarians:

      "This looks awesome Amber..I'd just boil down some of the fruit until they become like jam and omit the gelatine then add back in some softened whole fruit!"

    2. Thanks Amber - vegetarians on the SCD miss out on jelly :(

  • Jenilyn -Holistic Fertility CoachJuly 6, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    What a great idea to use the stainless steel straw to remove the cherry pits. I'll have to give it a try.

  • This pie looks fantastic!!! I have a bundle of strawberries from the farm and lots of cherries too... think i need to make this!

  • Thanks for sharing this on My Meatless Mondays and your other two posts. I had to come back to this one because I love the cashew topping.

    My grandson was visiting and we were discussing how this is now a delicious possibility and he reminded me, he is allergic to cashews. That is a downer.

    I guess, I make this for the other kids. It looks super.

  • Wow! Super post. I got to this via Mealtime Monday on Couponing and Cooking. I have linked in some bacon and scrambled egg rolls. Enjoy.



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