Honey-Lime Peaches with Cr\u00e8me Fra\u00eeche Clouds

[Photograph: Caroline Russock]

Nectarines, plums, berries, cherries or even sliced mango can be sweetened in this honey-lime syrup and dotted with fluffy crème fraîche clouds for this gorgeously simple summer dessert.

Reprinted with permission from Plum Gorgeous by Romney Steele. Copyright © 2011. Published by Andrews McMeel. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

Honey-Lime Peaches with Crème Fraîche Clouds

About This Recipe

Yield:4 to 6 
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:1 hour 15 minutes
This recipe appears in: Bake the Book: Honey-Lime Peaches with Crème Fraîche Clouds


  • 2/3 cup light-colored honey, such as orange blossom honey
  • Grated zest of 1 orange 
  • Grated zest of 1 lime 
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice 

  • 1 cinnamon stick 
  • 3 peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced 

  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise 
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream 
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche 
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting 
  • 6 Kadota or other green figs, quartered 
  • Additional lime zest, or slivered mint leaves, for garnish


  1. 1

    Combine the honey, orange zest, lime zest, lime juice, cinnamon stick, and 2 tablespoons water in a medium saucepot; bring to a boil and simmer until syrupy, about 5 minutes. Let cool. Strain over the sliced peaches in a bowl. Add the vanilla bean, cover, and 
marinate for several hours in the refrigerator. 

  2. 2

    Just before serving, whip the cream to soft peaks, and then fold into the crème fraîche, dusting with confectioners’ sugar to taste. 

  3. 3

    Arrange the marinated peach slices and figs in shallow bowls and add enough syrup to barely cover. Top each serving with a cloud of whipped crème fraîche. Garnish with more lime zest or mint leaves.

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