Sweet Summer Strawberry Pie
Before we start the trek into delicious land, let me put the disclaimer that none of these pictures are of the pie I made recently. In fact, my pie turned out kind of ugly…
While my pie was not attractive, it was so amazingly delicious. I made it with a gluten-free pie crust for my hubby’s birthday so the whole family could enjoy a slice. That being said, I hate the word hubby. I think I actually gagged while I wrote that. Ew.
My husband doesn’t like cake. He also doesn’t like brownies or cupcakes or chocolate. So besides being a pain in the ass, he is also a crazy person obviously. He does like fruit though, so fruit pie it is for all special occasions.
I’m not the best at making fruit pies. I actually might be the worst. They always seem to turn out too runny or too sour or too sweet. Fruit is just finicky, I guess. Maybe it’s just me.
I have tried to make a mixed berry pie at least a dozen times and every one has ended in the trash. But let’s be honestly, the trash can was a far better place for those pies than in anyones stomach.
Finally, I gave up on mixed berry pie. Good riddance.
Enter strawberry pie.
I was eager to mess this one up. Maybe my confidence led me down the path of enlightenment, the path to making delicious fresh fruit pies?
Actually, I think it was my grandma. I looted her box of recipes and found a wrinkly index card shoved in-between stewed tomatoes and string beans. Written in some kind of
grandma code shorthand was my saving grace of strawberry pie. I warned my family that I was attempting another fruit pie and started working while listening to groans and sarcastic comments. Apparently I have taught my children well…
Basically, what I am trying to say is that if you suck at fruit pies like me, then give this one a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised just like my whole family was.
Equally as easy and delicious, try this homemade cherry pie for extra summer sweetness!
- 1 9in pie crust, baked
- 1 1/2 quarts fresh strawberries
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- Arrange half of strawberries in baked pastry shell.
- Mash remaining berries and combine with sugar in a medium saucepan.
- Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
- In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water.
- Gradually stir cornstarch mixture into boiling strawberry mixture.
- Reduce heat and simmer mixture until thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Pour mixture over berries in pastry shell.
- Chill for several hours before serving.
- Once ready to serve- in a small bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form.
- Serve each slice of pie with a dollop of whipped cream.
- For an extra delicious pie, use farmers market strawberries-- I don't have to tell you how much better they are than store bought.