Sunday, March 6

Strawberry Pie

 One of my favorite pies- no, one of my favorite desserts in general is strawberry pie.

You will need a pie crust
1-2 pints of strawberries
sugar a couple of tablespoons depending on how sweet you like desserts.
heavy whipping cream or pre-made whip cream

Essentially it is pie crust, a layer of fresh strawberries, a layer of strawberry puree, whipped cream, and more fresh strawberries on top.

Super simple right?

Personally I like to use graham cracker crust. Recently, the crust I really like using is an Oreo crust. How can you go wrong with chocolate and strawberries.

Next you will want to slice or quarter approx. 9 strawberries to cover the bottom of the crust. In theory you can layer the bottom of the pie with whole strawberries (with the tops cut off) similar to the one in the center in the picture and when the pie is sliced into the slices, will have strawberry sides cut nicely on the edges of the pie slice. But in reality the middle of the strawberry is hard to find to cut into to make look right, and the  whole strawberries are not bite size and difficult to eat.

With the rest of the of the strawberries (you can just use up the the pint and part of a new one)
take the tops off and quarter them and put them in a medium saucepan over heat.

 Mash the strawberries and add a dusting of sugar (I don't usually use more than 2 teaspoons, but more or less can be added depending on how sweet you want it), then mash some more until you get a liquidy substance. I like my filling to still have some small chunks of strawberry, but there is also the option to have a completely liquid sauce.

after letting cool for a minute or so (it doesn't need to be completely cooled, just not boiling hot) pour the sauce on top of the strawberries in the crust. Then spread a layer of whip cream on top of the sauce.

Whip cream can be made by whisking a quart of heavy cream until just under the consistency you want. Then add a table spoon of sugar (how much is a preference, giving the cream a taste to see if it is sweet enough is a good idea) Whip the sugar into the cream until the desired consistency. This process usually takes five-ish minutes.

Layer some sliced strawberries on top, put in the fridge for an hour or until cool and then enjoy!

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