The Little Epicurean

May 09 2012

Strawberry Pie

I’m sure many people can recall the smell of homemade pie coming from the kitchen.  That wasn’t the case at my house growing up.  While my mother is an excellent cook, most of the sweets she made at home were Filipino desserts.  My first introduction to pies came from Marie Callendar’s and Polly’s Pies.  Pies were always store bought and only enjoyed during parties and holidays.
I was never a fan of store bought strawberries pies.  I remember them always being too sweet, too mushy, and laden with too much glaze.  Luckily, my interest in baking sprouted early as a child and by middle school I started to experiment with my own pies.

I can’t wait for the Strawberry Festival later this month in Oxnard!  I look forward to it every year.  I love driving up to Oxnard and smelling the sweet intoxicating aroma of ripe strawberries that fill the air.  Once I get my crate of strawberries, be prepared for fresh strawberry pie, strawberry shortcakes, and chocolate dipped strawberries!

In the meantime, this is a delicious baked pie that celebrates one of my favorite fruits.  Its really difficult to just have one slice.  Enjoy it a la mode with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert or for breakfast with your morning coffee.  Its great served warm or chilled.  Its just that delicious.  The hardest part about making this pie is waiting for it to cool to temperature before slicing.

I hope to one day be that mother/grandmother at creates warm childhood memories of sweet treats and comfort in the kitchen.

Strawberry Pie
makes 1-9 inch double crust pie

Ingredients

  • 5 cups fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced in half/quartered
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, or more depending on sweetness of berries
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • two crust pie, recipe follows
  • milk, as needed
  • turbinado sugar, as needed

Method
1.  Prepare pie crust.

2.  Roll out the one dough between two sheets of parchment paper.  Lightly flour the bottom paper and the top of the dough.  If the dough is too hard or too cold, let it rest for a few minutes until it is pliable.  Roll dough to about 10 inches in diameter about about 1/4 inch thick.  Place the pie plate upside down over the rolled dough to make sure it is the right size.

3.  Move dough into the pie plate and firmly press it into the bottom and sides.  Trim the excess dough leaving 1/2 inch all around. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge to chill.

4.  Roll out the other dough until 10 inches in the diameter.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for at least 5 minutes.

5.  Toss strawberries with sugar, cornstarch and salt in a large bowl.

6.  Pour strawberries into the chilled pie crust.  Cover with top crust.  Decorate the edges with a fork or your fingers.  Chill pie while you preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

7.  Place chilled pie on baking sheet.  Brush top of the pie lightly with whole milk.  Sprinkle with turbinado sugar.  Use a knife to cut four slits/vent holes in the top crust.  This is necessary to let the steam escape and prevent the top crust from exploding.

8.  Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.  Then reduce to the heat to 350 degrees and make for 15 minutes.   Rotate the pie and continue baking for another 20-30 minutes until pie is golden brown.  Let pie cool on rack before serving.


Two Crust Pie

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 16 Tbsp unsalted butter, very cold, cut into tablespoons
  • 5 Tbsp water, ice cold
  • 2 egg yolks, cold

Method
1. Pulse together flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor.  Add butter one tablespoon at a time while the food processor is running.  Stop machine once mixture is crumbly and like coarse sand in texture.

2.  Add water and yolks.  Pulse for a couple seconds until dough begins to come together.  Remove from machine and finish kneading on a lightly floured surface.  Divide dough into two equal disks and wrap in plastic wrap.  Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or freeze for 10 minutes.

   

23 Responses to “Strawberry Pie”

  1. May 9, 2012
    4:25 pm

    This looks beautiful & delicious!

  2. May 9, 2012
    4:52 pm

    Looks incredible. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Thanks, Emily! I can’t wait to try your dulce de leche rice pudding!

  3. May 9, 2012
    5:03 pm

    What a simple and absolutely beautiful looking pie- its pie perfection!

    I so wish I could reach right in and grab a slice…strawberry season is right around the corner for us in New England and I am pretty sure I will be making this :)

    • I’m so excited for strawberry season! I can’t wait for you to make this pie :)

  4. May 9, 2012
    5:08 pm

    My fav fruit in a pie! YUM!

  5. May 9, 2012
    7:39 pm

    Looks delicious. No store bought pie can ever match the homemade version!

  6. May 10, 2012
    6:50 am
    Kristina says...

    ive never made a pie before but ive always wanted to :D this one looks amazing

    • Thanks, Kristina! You can definitely make this pie :) especially after seeing all the wonderful creations you have on Sifted

  7. May 28, 2012
    2:50 am
    Anonymous says...

    This pie was fabulous. Fresh Baked Strawberry pie is my favorite and I have made it for over 40 years! The original I rememerwas from Reeves Bakery on F street in Washington DC in the 1960s.
    This was perfect as it was simple –
    My only suggestion is a reminder to let it cool before serving. I let it sit in the oven to keep it warm and it was too runny — only because I forgot that part! But was a hit and delicious!
    Thank you. pww

    • Thanks! I’m glad you and your guests liked it. Yeah, the hardest part about this pie is waiting for it to cool down before eating it!

  8. April 8, 2013
    6:45 pm

    The filling was perfect. I opted for a simpler crust and it turned out fantastically. Even my wife who is an ardent supporter of cake and not pie liked it so much she had two pieces (a true rarity). Thanks for the note about the Oxnard strawberry festival! We just moved to Santa Barbara from the Midwest and I put it on our calendar!

    • Maryanne replied...

      So glad you and your wife enjoyed the pie! As a fellow cake supporter myself, I totally understand your wife’s predicament. I can’t wait for the strawberry festival next month. I’m already thinking of desserts to make with all those strawberries I am going to buy!

  9. April 21, 2013
    5:58 pm
    Sarah says...

    I made this pie for my mom’s birthday “cake” and strawberry pie is what she prefers. We normally always do a cold pie but I thought I’d try something new. I used a gluten free crust that I’ve used in many recipes before and which holds up to fruit pies, but I followed all the directions for the filling and putting it together. Taste wise it came out great! We all really enjoyed it! However it is super runny, like when I removed the 1st piece a flood of sweet syrup and berries rushed out. Any suggestions? I baked it last night so it wasn’t warm and had had 24 hours to set up. I’m going to add an extra tbsp of corn starch next time, but was wondering if you;d have any suggestion?

    I’ll probably still make this again even if I can’t find a way to get ride of the runnyness because it truly was sooo yummy!

    • Maryanne replied...

      Hi Sara! Happy birthday to your mom! In order to get the extra moisture out, you just have to bake the pie a little bit longer. Allow the filling to boil and sometimes bubble out to ensure that the cornstarch has cooked out and has done its job to thicken. Whenever you use cornstarch make sure to let it come to a boil so your food doesn’t taste chalky. Instead of cornstarch you can also try ClearJel, arrowroot or potato starch. After you bake and cool the pie down, try storing it in the fridge to set up even more.

  10. April 25, 2013
    10:49 am
    Lisa says...

    I just made this pie. It is in the oven as I type. Looks and smells wonderful.

  11. June 8, 2013
    3:51 pm
    Caroline says...

    This is an amazing recipe! I used my own tried and true pie crust recipe with this strawberry filling recipe and it’s great! So simple, and so much great strawberry flavor!

  12. November 12, 2013
    12:48 pm
    Sarah says...

    I have Frozen Strawberries I need to use. And will try your suggestion to reduce sugar, add lemon juice & increase cornstarch. Wish me luck.

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