June 24, 2015

Fresh strawberry pie

This pie just screams summer! I've been wanting to try a fresh strawberry pie for a few years now. I don't know why it took me so long - it's so easy and so delicious. It's a good thing I'm slowly but surely working my way through 25 Pies of 2015 to give me an excuse to finally make it. Fresh strawberries are held together with a mixture of sugar, cornstarch, and more strawberries and piled into the crust. The filling isn't baked, so you have a nice cold pie full of summer berries. A lot of versions of this pie use strawberry gelatin to hold the pie filling together, but this one doesn't. We really enjoyed this pie a lot. I can't get enough strawberries during strawberry season. They just aren't the same at other times of the year.

Fresh strawberry pie
1 recipe of your favorite pie crust (I use olive oil or lard/butter)
1 cup crushed strawberries
scant 1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold water
3 tablespoons cornstarch
pinch of sea salt
4 heaped cups of strawberries that have been hulled and halved lengthwise
freshly whipped cream, for serving

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Shape the crust into a 9-inch pie plate and poke the bottom several times with a fork. Bake until firm and golden, about 25 minutes. Let cool for about 20 minutes.

I crushed the strawberries with a potato masher in a large glass measuring cup until I had one cup. 

In a pot, whisk together the crushed strawberries, sugar, water, cornstarch, and salt. Heat over medium heat, whisking often, until the mixture thickens, about 10 - 15 minutes. Let the mixture cool for about 10 minutes.

Arrange the strawberry halves in the cooled pie crust. Pour the cooled liquid evenly over the strawberries. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until cold and set, about 4 hours.

Serve cold topped with whipped cream.

What was I cooking one year ago?: strawberry shortcake biscuit cookies

Two years ago?: strawberry-basil ice cream
Three?: Farfelle with summer squash & garlic scape pesto
Four?: five bean salad
5?: lemon ricotta pancakes w/ berry sauce


  1. We usually do a butter or lard pie crust -- should really try an olive oil one. Anyway, this looks terrific! I love strawberry pie, and yours looks particularly nice. Thanks!

  2. o yeah...this definitely screams SUMMER!

  3. all too often, people take the easy way out and use strawberry jello and frozen strawberries. it's okay, but it just can't compare with something like this!

  4. One of the best gifts of Mother Nature are definitely fresh strawberries and combined with this pie they look so good!

  5. Strawberry pie is all about summer, that is a sure thing. This looks delicious!!

  6. I like your version of strawberry pie without the gelatin. It looks like a slice of summer goodness.

  7. Amy, strawberry pie...I just have had that on my list for the longest time but have not gotten around to make some yet. Your looks like summer in a pie dish - wonderful color, utterly delicious as is or with a bit of whipped cream...

  8. What a great way to make the most of lovely fresh strawberries.

  9. I can't get enough strawberries during strawberry season either! This pie looks fabulous!

  10. I love a fresh strawberry pie! I've made one that looks very similar to this, but mine uses gelatin, like you mention. I'd love to try yours, as it looks perfect!

  11. Hi Amy, wow... love your awesome strawberry pie. I don't mind to have 2 huge slices cos it look really tempting.

    Have a wonderful weekend, regards.

  12. In Shreveport where I grew up there was a restaurant that had Strawberry Pie as its specialty. It was awesome and looks just like yours! Oh, I can taste it already. Thanks for the memories and your recipe!

  13. I love this strawberry pie. I've never seen one like it here in Australia but they were available everywhere in Knoxville, Tennessee where I lived for many years. I haven't made one of these in such a long time and now I want one right this minute. :)

  14. Strawberry Pies are what Summers are made of. Love this!


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