Thursday, May 27, 2010

Summertime Strawberry Pie

Hi everyone! Today I am posting a recipe for a yummy summertime Strawberry Pie. I know not another pie!!! Sorry but I can't help myself, I have been bitten by the pie making bug. Trust me you won't be disappointed. I mean how can you go wrong with a good strawberry pie. 

I get so excited when those little red beauties start popping up at the grocery stores and road side stands. Strawberry pie has to be my favorite of summer dessert. I have been wanting to post a recipe for a homemade strawberry pie for quite a while, but have had a problem of baking the perfect pie.

Most of the recipes I have been making have been quite the challenge.  Either the filling turns out too runny, and doesn't set up or it comes out to firm and ends up more like jello. You see I like my Strawberry pie filling to be a bit more like a thick glaze instead of like jello.
I know you can purchase premade glaze in the produce section at the grocery store, but I like homemade best. My mom always used the ones from the store and there is nothing wrong with that. In fact they are great especially if you are in a pinch for time. Well, I am  happy to say that after trying out many recipes I  think I've created the perfect one. 

I found a recipe in a southern dessert cookbook and tweaked it out a bit to my liking. I jotted down the recipe on a piece of paper so I could give it a try. The filling turned out just how I wanted and the pie set up perfectly in the refrigerator. Thank goodness I have finally created my perfect strawberry pie. 

This pie would make a nice treat for the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday. It's the perfect addition to any BBQ or get together. I know once everyone sets eyes on this purdy pie they will be happy that you brought it. Heck why not double the recipe and make two that way there is plenty to go around. Or you can keep one for yourself and share the other, I wont tell. 

Fresh summertime strawberries. I found these beauties on sale at Super Walmart for $1.38 a pound. I cant wait for our strawberries in our garden to start coming in.I probably wont have enough for a pie for quite some time, but finding an awesome sale like this is always cool. OK so lets get started on making this beautiful Strawberry Pie.

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and pre bake your pie crust. Bake until golden brown. Place on a wire rack to cool completely. While your pie crust is cooling prepare the filling. Combine the sugar, cornstarch, gelatin, lemon juice, strawberry extract and water in a medium size pot. 

Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook the mixture until it thickens, whisking often. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature. A tip to cool down the strawberry glaze quickly:  Most times when I make my glaze or any other boiled frosting, I never have the patience to sit and wait for it to cool down.

Now I'm a impatient person so that's just me LOL. Try this little trick to cool down the glaze quickly so you can pour it over your strawberries. I get a large bowl and fill it with ice and water to make a ice bath.Then place the whole pot with the glaze into the ice bath. Using your whisk stir the glaze until it cools down and thickens a bit more. You want the glaze to be thick but pourable. Remove the pot from the ice bath and pour the glaze over the strawberries. I love this nifty little trick!!!  

When the crust is cool arrange the strawberries in your pie shell.

Pour the filling over the strawberries making sure to coat all the strawberries completely. Refrigerate until set about 2 hours

Look at the yummy strawberry filling, so pretty and shiny.

After the pie has chilled, slice and serve.

don't forget dollop of whipped cream.

Summertime Strawberry Pie

1 - cup granulated sugar
1/4 - cup cornstarch
1/4 - cup strawberry gelatin (Jell-O)
1 1/2 - cups water
1 - tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 -teaspoon strawberry extract, optional
1 1/2 lbs fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced in half (about 2-3 cups)
1 - regular pie crust, pre-baked

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of your pie shell with parchment paper or foil. Place pie weights or dry beans on the paper.

Pre-bake the pie crust until golden brown, approximately 15-20 minutes. When done remove pie weights, beans and parchment paper.

Let the pie crust cool completely on a wire rack. While your pie crust is cooling prepare the strawberry filling.

Combine the sugar, cornstarch, gelatin, lemon juice, strawberry extract and water in a medium size pot.

Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook until the mixture thickens, whisking often. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Arrange the strawberries in the baked pie shell. Pour the filling over the strawberries coating them completely. Refrigerate until set about 2 hours. Store in the refrigerator up to 2-3 days.

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

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anniebakes said... #

this looks really good, tina! i have been trying lots of strawberry recipes because they are so cheap and plentiful, i'll add this to my repertoire!

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said... #

Oh my ... such yummy goodness! I make something very similar with a layer of sweetened cream cheese on the bottom. So good!

Hooray for summertime pies!

☺lani☺ said... #

Wow, I love strawberries! Actually all kinds of berries. I like the way you presented this strawberry pie. Yum!

Stacia said... #

This looks so tasty! It's going on my summer time dessert to do list!

the country cook said... #

That glaze recipe looks like a winner! Such a pretty pie -

fancybelle said... #

This looks so delicious, in a really evil way!

Julie M. said... #

Yum! this looks delicious. Oh how I love strawberry season. I would rather make my glaze homemade as well.

Avril Miller said... #

Oh how simply lovely this pie looks! I've been itching to make a strawberry pie myself...soon, soon!:-)

Heidi said... #

This is almost exactly like my strawberry pie (except mine doesn't use strawberry extract). It is delish and very summery :)

Mary at Deep South Dish said... #

It's looks delicious Tina! I love strawberry pie mmmmmmm - the perfect spring dessert.

polwig said... #

That looks wonderful. Reminds me of the time I spent in france since that is how they make most of their "pies".

sherri said... #

Too beautiful to cut, but once I do, I think I would be licking the plate when no one is looking!

Sherry said... #

yummo looks so good! strawberries are my favorite

McMom said... #

My husband loves strawberry pie, and yours looks perfect! Thanks for sharing.

Julie said... #

This pie looks so luscious and it!

Colleen C said... #

I have been hunting for a Strawberry Pie recipe. My future sister in law wants me to make a few for there rehearsal dinner. She wants a graham cracker crust though, do you think that would work?
You always seem to post things as I am looking for them, how funny! :)

Kelli said... #

I am not much of a pie-maker, but this looks so good and simple, I might just give it a whirl!

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Colleen I have never made it with a graham cracker crust. I dont see why you couldn't everyone is different so give it a whirl. I know alot of folks that use graham cracker crusts for pies instead of traditional pie crust.

Aggie said... #

I love that cooling down tip and used it when you first told me about it. Will have to try this one Tina! I love strawberry pie!

the country cook said... #

It was so neat to see this as one of the feature recipes on Tasty Kitchen! -

Debra aka Reel Lady said... #

Hello Friend, I just wanted to say I love your recipes and the Strawberry Pie is heavenly. You are a pro!! All the very best,
Debra aka Reel Lady

Domestic Goddess said... #

Tina, I LOVE strawberry pie, and yours certainly looks quite delish! I also bake a strawberry pie similar to yours, but minus the lemon juice and strawberry extract, but I bet the extract adds a bit more flavor. Anyhoo, what a delicious looking pie!!

Anonymous said... #

Tina! I cannot wait to make this pie. I plan on making it for a potluck dinner party I have coming up. How would you say this pie does if I made it the night before?? Do the strawberries start to get too soft? Thanks for you help! LOVE your blog :) Lindsay

Ravi said... #

Looks delicious! I am going to give this a try!!

mammie said... #

This looks GREAT and I too have been wanting to make one for my grand -daughter..Loves strawberries..Since u used gelatin and strawberry extract why couldnt you just use strawberry jello? Just wondering..Thanks for the recipe

Joanna Matte said... #

Does anyone know if I can make the strawberry mixture and refrigerate and use it as a topping on a wedding cake

LadyGwyn said... #

Oh that looks so different. I always make a cooked strawberry filling. This reminds me of a larger version of a mini strawberry tart. Will make this when strawberries are affordable here in Canada :-)

Anonymous said... #

I can't find strawberry extract so I am going to have to leave it out when I make it.