August 13, 2009: Fresh Strawberry Pie

Son John didn't come clamoring for a pumpkin pie, and I had that lovely pie dough still chilling in the refrigerator and more than a pound of fresh strawberries, so what better than a fresh strawberry pie!

Fresh Strawberry Pie

1 9-inch baked pie crust
2 pints fresh strawberries (2 lbs)
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/3 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract

Wash and dry the strawberries, then remove the hulls.

Take 1 1/2 cups of the berries and puree them in a food processor to make approximately 1 cup puree (you can use frozen berries for this step).

Combine sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan and whisk to combine.

Add water, stirring until smooth.

Stir in strawberry puree. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for about 1 minute, then remove from heat.

Add the vanilla extract and stir the mixture occasionally to prevent the sauce from forming a skin, while it cools down for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, slice the berries in half (unless they are small and you can leave them whole) and arrange them in the pie crust. When the strawberry sauce has been cooled for 5 minutes, pour it over the sliced berries, trying to cover them as evenly as possible. *My strawberries were small, so I did this step in two layers. I placed the smallest berries in the pie shell, and spooned some of the glaze over them.

Then I arranged the larger whole berries over the top, pointy ends up.

Top with the remaining glaze, and placed the pie in the refrigerator to chill for at least two hours before serving with a dollop of whipped cream.


Yea, that's going to happen.


  1. Your pies look amazing! I'm drooling.

  2. : )

    I can't tell you how many cheesecakes I've eaten before they were technically cold enough! Anyone who missed that pie really missed out.

  3. HA! Looked way too yummy to let sit ignored in the fridge for two hours anyway.

  4. Mmmm that looks so good! What are you doing to this pg girl?!
    I wish I had that recipe after we went to the strawberry farm a couple of months ago. It looks way better than the recipe I used! Think I'll write it down!

  5. That is close to my mom's strawberry pie. She used lemon juice and you use vanilla. I wish I had strawberries since I LOVE strawberry pie. Raspberry pie just isn't the same.

  6. Daphne, I hadn't tried this recipe before yesterday. I must say, a day later it tastes much better than it did yesterday. It's sweeter and the filling isn't runny like it was last night (the reason I didn't get a "perfect slice" photo). I'd never seen one that used vanilla, I had always put a tablespoon of butter in the hot glaze. Anyway the recipe is a keeper....with a longer chill time.

  7. That looks so amazingly yummy! When are you going to open a restaurant?!

  8. I adore strawberry pie and yet rarely make it. Why is that?! Perhaps because I would eat them non-stop! LOL!

    Your pie turned out picture perfect.

  9. Hidinginmygarden, maybe when I get through picking all these tomatoes ;-)

    KitsapFG, thanks. It tasted picture pretty, too!