Gluten-Free Peach & Strawberry Welcome Home Hubby Pie


Since ancient times, thyme has been said to bring courage.
The Greeks considered thyme a symbol for bravery.

Today I needed thyme. I needed courage for the feat of making a gluten-free pie crust from scratch.

I wanted to make a perfect one.

Because this isn’t just any old pie we’re talking about -
this is to be a very special pie, an extraordinarily special pie.

This pie is for my husband. It’s a welcome home pie.

The love of my life (amazing, wonderful husband, whom I have not seen for six and a half months)
pulls into port today and tomorrow he flies home! Hallelujah! Tomorrow will be the most beautiful day.

Oh, I can’t wait to see him – I can’t wait for our Little One to see his ‘dada’! It’s been much too long.

So you see, this is indeed a special pie.  Especially that my husband is a pie connoisseur.
He was born and raised in Tennessee and knows a thing or two about pies.

But I’ve got a plan to woo him with this sweet tasting pie. Yesterday I went out looking for the
freshest, ripest, juiciest peaches I could find around here.. they came all the way from Georgia -
which is perfect, because when I think of peaches – I think Georgia.

I still remember the very first time I saw a peach tree – it was in Georgia.

Now peach pie alone is tasty… however, taking those fine Georgia peaches, squeezing fresh lemon juice over them, adding in some sweet strawberries and topping it all off with a little secret ingredient, such as coconut – and I think you can start feeling the pie magic that’s happening here.

But we were first talking about crust, right?
Yeah, I don’t know if there is a fool-proof pie crust recipe and I really don’t know if there is a gluten-free one. Goodness knows the flours we use are tricky business, to say the least.

I really didn’t know where to start on this, other than gut instinct, an old recipe from an old book and a bit of common sense.  I decided to do a few google searches and was intimidated by some of the recipes I found….5, 6, 7 flours? eek.  I’m a simpler sorta gal.

My recipe definitely needed some tender love and care, it was finicky and resisted some -
but it worked in the end and I’m quite happy with it. I hope you’ll try it and tell me what you think.

But the real verdict will be coming from the pie man himself! haha

This time apart has demanded a lot from our little family, especially a lot of thyme.
The next couple of weeks we plan on reconnecting and cherishing the present

Pie is nothing but a thing -
but when it’s made from the heart it can also be just another way
of saying; I love you, I’ve missed you, welcome home.

Gluten-Free Peach & Strawberry Pie
Makes 1 pie, with enough dough for top crust, strips or hearts


1 cup gluten-free oat flour
3/4 cup white rice flour
1 cup tapioca flour
1 cup almond flour
3 Tbsp xanthan gum
3/4 cup salted cold butter
2 eggs
1/4 cup water

Mix flour & xanthan gum together – blend well. Cut butter into small cubes/pieces and work into
the flour. It’s best to work with cold butter and let it soften as you work it into the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, beat two eggs and add cool water. Slowly pour this mixture in with the rest.
You will begin to get the consistency of pie dough.  If the mixture is not gluing enough together, add a bit more water (if you add too much water, add more tapioca flour) -
Turn mixture into a ball, cover with parchment or plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

When you’re ready to bake the pie,
pull out the dough, cover rolling pin with a bit of loose flour and roll it out until about a 1/2 inch thickness. I prefer it a bit thicker, and then I pat it down with my fingers once it’s in the pie dish…
otherwise, there is more chance of it breaking on it’s way there! As you can see in the picture,
mine isn’t nice and smooth, because I patted it down a bit – no worries, because you’re going to fill
it with fruit!

Once you’ve rolled it out into a nice big circle, lift it off and place over pie dish, clip all the excess off
and shape the edges. Use the extra dough to make the top crust, using the same method, or create strips or shapes if you wish – using cookie cutters. You may also wish to brush the top dough with a little bit of egg yolk to help it golden.



2 cups of cut peaches (I cut them closer to diced than slices, but that’s just a preference)
1 1/2 cups of quartered strawberries
1 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup organic sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
4 Tbsp tapioca flour
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

In a large bowl, cover fruit in lemon juice. Sprinkle with cinnamon and tapioca flour. Pour in sugar
and coat fruit. Add in shredded coconut. Mix is ready to pour into pie shell.

Bake pie at 325F for 45 minutes. Broil top for 5 minutes if you want a golden crust – watch it VERY closely! Let stand & cool until the filling has settled before serving. Enjoy!

Emily Smith

Emily Smith is the founder and editor of The Best of this Life. She has two littles, a darling husband, and dreams of owning a new puppy. A gluten-free connoisseur, social media maven and reigning fashionista (in her own rights). She loves writing and shares her three core values with her readers – love life, live well, share the beauty.

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12 Comments on Gluten-Free Peach & Strawberry Welcome Home Hubby Pie

  1. tinajo
    July 15, 2011 at 11:59 am (4 years ago)

    I´m so glad that he´s coming home to you – he´s going to love that pie as well! :-)

    Enjoy your time together! :-)

  2. Nicole
    July 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh this is fine cuisine at it’s best! Lots of love and imagination make for exquisite results. I am expecting a tiny little morsel please?!!!! Welcome home David!

  3. Food Glorious Food!
    July 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm (4 years ago)

    This is so sweet!!! I am so gonna make this for my lovely hubby :) Thanks for sharing dear!

  4. Loraine
    July 16, 2011 at 4:31 am (4 years ago)

    Welcome home to your hubby! I know he will love that delicious looking pie! :)

  5. Noemie
    July 17, 2011 at 12:54 am (4 years ago)

    Love the photos! gorgeous!! (gotta try this pie too!!)

  6. Fashion Meets Food
    July 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm (4 years ago)

    oh my! Your pie looks fabulous and what a brilliant recipe!


  7. Emily of The Best of this Life
    July 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you everyone for your sweet comments!

    The verdict: Mmmmm…..this is the best pie ever, Sweetheart!

    So happy to have my hubby home!!!


  8. Lucia
    July 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm (4 years ago)

    I think that you won’t need thyme anymore, as long as you’ll be together, hugging and eating pies. Welcome home :-)

  9. Kaitlin
    July 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm (4 years ago)

    What a sweet post! I’m sure your husband really appreciated this, and I’m sure it tasted fantastic. I’m very happy your family is reunited again :)

  10. Nicole
    July 28, 2011 at 3:48 am (4 years ago)

    Jeez, I need to find a place to go, so I have this to come back to…HELLO. It doesn’t get much cuter…..

  11. Natalie
    October 5, 2011 at 12:48 am (3 years ago)

    This looks great!


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