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Simple Strawberry Pie Recipe

Updated on August 6, 2012
Simple Strawberry Pie
Simple Strawberry Pie | Source
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If you love the taste of fresh strawberries, this pie is for you. Many strawberry pies use a jello mix to form a gelatin filler. This easy recipe uses pure, fresh strawberries for a natural flavor. It ends up being the perfect amount of sweetness. Try it in late spring/early summer for the best results.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Eight slices of pie

Chill time: 2-3 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 nine-inch baked pie shell, Pillsbury ready-made crust works fine too!
  • about 2 pounds fresh, whole strawberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • whipped cream for garnish, optional
  • vanilla ice cream, optional
Wash strawberries and let them air dry
Wash strawberries and let them air dry | Source
Blend strawberries to make a pulp
Blend strawberries to make a pulp | Source

Directions

  1. Follow the directions on the pre made pie crust and prick the crust with a fork to eliminate air pockets. Put foil around the edges and remove the last two minutes of baking. Bake 9-12 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
  2. Wash and hull the strawberries. For best results, use a collander or a strainer to wash the berries so they do not sit in water. After hulling the berries, let them sit on a paper towel to dry. Waterlogged berries will result in a runny pie.
  3. Use a small food processor or a potato masher and mash enough strawberries for one cup of pulp.
  4. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, strawberry pulp, cornstarch and water. Stir well and cook over medium heat. Use a wire whip to break up any cornstarch bubbles. Once the mixture comes to a boil, slightly reduce heat and stir continuously with the wire whip. The sauce will become very thick in about two minutes. Stir in the butter. Set it aside to cool.
  5. While cooling the strawberry mixture, fill the cooled pie shell with whole berries. Fill in any gaps with smaller berries, or cut them in half. Pack the pie shell as full as you can. Save your best berries for the top layer.
  6. Pour the cooled glaze over the berries. Let the pie chill in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours.
  7. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top.
  8. For best results, eat this pie the same day you make it.

How to Hull Strawberries

"Hulling" a strawberry refers to removing the calyx, otherwise known as the green leafy part of the strawberry. Use a paring knife to cut down and around the green part. The strawberry should look like it has a small hole in the center.

Fresh Strawberries
Fresh Strawberries | Source

Fresh Strawberries Make the Best Pie

The secret to the best recipes is good, fresh ingredients. Strawberry pie is no exception. If you live in an area where you can go to a farm and go strawberry picking, that is the best! In North Carolina, this occurs in the month of May or early June. When picking fresh strawberries, be careful to gently pinch the stem just above the leaves. You do not want to grab the strawberry and just pull. Also, take care not to toss your strawberries into the bucket. Instead, gently place them in a container about four rows deep, being careful not to bruise the berries.

Tip: Do not go strawberry picking after a rain. The berries will be waterlogged and too mushy for a pie.

If you can't pick the berries yourself, head to the local farmer's market and buy them fresh.

A Word About Pie Crusts

I used to feel really guilty about calling my pies homemade when I use refrigerated Pillsbury pie crust dough sheets. My mother always makes her pie crusts from scratch, or so I thought. She had this "Foolproof Pie Crust Recipe" that she gave to me many years ago. I tried it and FAILED! Making a crust from scratch is a lot of extra work and most of the time my friends, and even my mother, can't tell the difference. In fact, last time I was at my mom's house, guess what I found in her trash can? A Pillsbury pie crust box!

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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/8 of pie
Calories 260
Calories from Fat90
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 7 g
Carbohydrates 41 g14%
Sugar 25 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 2 g4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      LauraGSpeaks 2 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      DebMartin, It take a little more time to puree the strawberries, but well worth it!

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      DebMartin 2 years ago

      So glad to see others don't use that awful strawberry jell-o in their pies. Yummy.

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      LauraGSpeaks 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      HungerSuperGil, it is an easy recipe to make. Just keep in mind that it does need to be eaten the day it is made for best results.

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      HungerSuperGirl 5 years ago

      These recipes always make me hungry for more. This one happens to be simple and interesting. This would work wonders for our annual strawberry festival.

      HungerSuperGirl

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      LauraGSpeaks 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Robin, great idea to use a straw to hull the strawberries. I have never thought of that but I bet it does work perfectly. Thanks for the idea!

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      Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick

      This I will make. Thanks

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      Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Voted up & awesome! Congrats on your win!

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      Robin Edmondson 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I have never made strawberry pie; I will have to try this recipe! It looks delicious. I make strawberry jam and to hull my strawberries I use a straw. It makes a perfect hole in the strawberry and takes out the fibrous center of the strawberry along with the leafy section. I know you can buy strawberry hullers, but a straw works just as good. ;)

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      LauraGSpeaks 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Good news, because we have had more rain and cooler temperatures than normal this time of year on the east coast, strawberries are still in season. I don't know how they are by you Jimmy, but head to your farmer's market. Good luck!

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      James Paterson 5 years ago from Scotland

      looks Tasty and gives me time before Wimbledon to prepare one for the family, thanks for Sharing.....jimmy

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      yeah!

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      LauraGSpeaks 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Thanks everyone. Stay tuned--I will post my peach pie recipe next week just in time for peach season. My family lies the peach pie even better than the strawberry! You have to love summertime with all the fresh fruits.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Oh my I can practically taste this now! YUMMY!

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      Bev 5 years ago from Wales

      What a pretty pie!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      This pie looks delicious and simple. I vote for blackberry, though, as my favorite. Congrats on being a winner in the recipe contest!

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      JoshTeder 5 years ago

      I will be making this very soon, I'll let you know how it turns out!!

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Scrumptious and beautiful, thanks. I'm going to make this it's so lovely

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This looks delicious! Congrats on your win!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      This looks fantastic! Yum take care, Kelley

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      LauraGSpeaks 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Simone, if you love fresh strawberries, you have to give this a try! With vanilla ice cream it is delish.

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      LauraGSpeaks 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      SpecialK, if the pie is chilled really well I think it could stand out for 2 hours no problem. But, it is a pie that should be eaten the day it is made. Good luck in your competition!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Strawberries are m favorite fruit, but I've never had a strawberry pie before. It looks BEAUTIFUL!!!

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      Karen Metz 5 years ago from Michigan

      I am always looking for good fruit pie recipes for our local fair competition! This one sounds like it will be worth trying!! Does it have to be refrigerated? The pies in our competition have to be able to sit out for a couple of hours. Do you think it will hold up to that? Thanks again!!

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      LauraGSpeaks 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Great idea Kate! That way no one will suspect it is store bought.

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      LauraGSpeaks 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Brainy and twins, thanks for stopping by. You have to try making fruit pies in the summer for sure!

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      kate 5 years ago

      I bought store-bought Pillsbury pie crust, and I make designs on the pie crust to make it look homemade!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Your hub makes me hungry! Great pictures! Well done!

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      My kids loooooove strawberries, so I think this is going on my list of "must-makes"! And I'll be using a store-bought crust, for sure. ;-)