Tuesday, July 15

Summer, Summer, Summertime. Time for Strawberry Pie

strawberry pie half white

Summer, summer, summertime
Time to sit back and unwind
(Will Smith)

School is out and it's a sort of a buzz
But back then I didn't really know what it was

But now I see what have of this
The way that people respond to summer madness...

Back in Philly we be out in the park
A place called the plateau is where everybody go...

And with a pen and pad I compose this rhyme
To hit you and get you equipped for the summertime

Do you ever sit and think about summers as a kid?

Summer back in Rhode Island for me was hot, muggy afternoons playing wiffel ball, sunburns at Scarborough Beach, cannonballs into our backyard pool, and nights being eaten alive by mosquitoes while playing miniature golf.

Summer was also my mom's Strawberry Pie. Like an American flag, it was part of the 4th of July every year. As a kid, I LOVED strawberries. When I discovered that my cousin Anthony was allergic to them, I thought it was the saddest thing I had ever heard (of course, I was 6, so Darfur wasn't really on my radar).

To this day, strawberry pie is one of my favorite desserts. Not just because fresh strawberries are slathered with a tangy-sweet apricot sauce, and not just because all of that lusciousness is perched atop a flaky, melt-in-your-mouth pie crust.

Nope. It's because strawberry pie still reminds me of sticky summers as a kid. And my mom.

Every year, Mom's strawberry pie marked summertime in our house. It's easy to make and so delicious that kids and adults will squabble over who gets the last piece. Really. It happens every time.

I made mine with a homemade pie crust, but if you're pinched for time, a store-bought crust or graham cracker crust would work too. Eat it as is, or top it with a dollop of whipped cream, some chocolate sauce, or Jeff's favorite, mascarpone cheese. Any way you slice it, it's simply summertime scrumptious.

strawberry pie slice
Strawberry Pie with Mascarpone Cheese

Summertime Strawberry Pie
Makes one 9 inch pie
Print recipe only here.

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
¾ stick unsalted butter (very chilled)
1 large or extra large egg
1-2 tablespoons ice water, or as much as needed

1/2 cup finely chopped, ripe strawberries
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 (10-ounce) jar apricot preserves (reserve 1-2 tablespoons for spreading on the baked crust)
3 pints of medium sized fresh strawberries (though you may need slightly more or less depending on the size of the berries)

Place rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Use a 9-inch pie plate (preferably glass) coated with cooking spray.

Making the crust with a processor: Combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in the work bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade; pulse several times to combine. Add the butter and pulse about 10 times until the dough becomes pebbly in texture. Add the egg and pulse repeatedly until the dough begins to stick together. Slowly add the ice water by the tablespoonful, while using a few long pulses. Add more drops of ice water, as necessary, until the dough holds together well and forms a ball. Invert the dough onto a floured work surface. Roll the dough into a circle one inch larger than your pie plate.

Making the crust by hand: In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add chunks of chilled butter, and using a pastry blender or two forks, chop the butter until it resembles little pebbles. At this point, add the egg and ice water, and stir with a spoon until the dough begins to form. Using your hands and working the dough as little as possible, transfer it to a lightly floured surface. Knead until the dough holds together. Roll the dough into a circle one inch larger than your pie plate.

Fit the dough snugly inside the plate. Pinching the dough between your index finger and thumb, make a fluted edge around the crust. Prick the crust all over with the top of a fork since the crust will be blind-baked. Refrigerate the pie crust while preparing the filling (you can even refrigerate the crust overnight, which makes a super crispy crust that won't get soggy from the strawberry sauce).

To make the filling, place all filling ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and let cool.

Wash and pat dry 3 pints of fresh strawberries and cut off the tops. Cut into quarters and set aside.

For blind-baking the crust, use pie weights or cover the pie with parchment paper and fill with dried beans to prevent the crust from shrinking. Bake the crust for 20-25 minutes, or until it is golden brown and crispy. Remove from oven, remove pie weights, and let cool.

Spread 1-2 tablespoons of apricot preserves on the bottom of the pie crust (this helps keeps it crispy). Pile the sliced strawberries inside the crust (3 pints is usually just right, but you may use more or less depending on the size of the berries). Pour the cooled strawberry-apricot sauce over the strawberries until well covered, leaving about 1/2 inch space between the sauce and the fluted edge.

If there is leftover sauce, then save it to spread on your morning toast or toss into a smoothie!

Have you heard? I'm hosting Sugar High Friday this month, and if you hadn't guessed it already, the theme is berries! The deadline is Sunday, August 3rd, and full details can be found here. Thanks to those of you who have already sent in berry-licious desserts!

You might also like:

Fresh Strawberry, Almond, and Coconut Muffins

Fresh Apricot and Cherry Cobbler with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust

Quick Chocolate-Cinnamon Mousse with Cherries

Strawberry-Rhubarb Sponge Pudding

I'm sending my berry red pie to Zorra of Kochtopf who is celebrating Switzerland's National Day. Want to participate? Send Zorra something red, white, or Swiss.

And if you haven't seen it yet, then check out Susan's Pancake Parade Round-Up with lots of delicious sweet and savory pancake recipes.

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Unknown said...

That pie look so fresh and good!

Elise said...

Strawberries and mascarpone, a favorite combination. So pretty and perfect in a pie!

Anonymous said...

That looks amazing - you've hooked me! I have to make something for SHF that looks at least half as good as this pie!

Susan C said...

I love the old Shoney's strawberry pie recipe, made with good old fashioned strawberry jello, but I'm definitely going to try this variation with apricot preserves next time.

Once in a while, the bottom crust becomes soggy, and I can't figure out what I did wrong. Have you ever had this problem? I've read that a brush of beaten egg white can prevent this.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful slice of summertime! Pass a slice my way?

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

Delicious & yummy are the first words that comes to mind.

Elle said...

That pie is gorgeous! The essence of summer! Never tried it with marscapone...sounds great.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Susan this reminds me of a recipe I made years ago when my kids were small. I remember it was on a recipe card that I use to get on a monthly basis from Betty Crocker (I think)Fresh strawberry pie! I love the apricot addition. Now you got me all nostalgic!!

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Oh my! I think I've gone to strawberry heaven! What an absolute delicious idea Susan...perfect summertime eating.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

OMG, so scrumptious looking! A wonderful pie! It's a pity strawberries cost like hell in my part of the world as I rarely can afford them...



Johanna GGG said...

this looks amazing and scrumptiously summery - my mum always made apple pie and I think I would have much prefered strawberries in a pie

Lore said...

What a lovely and delicate-looking crust! Strawberries and apricots? Must give that pair a try sometime :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, Susan! It looks like grandma! :-)

What a lovely expression of summer!

Anonymous said...

Summer is my favorite seasons, good thing you have a fond memory of childhood's summer, who doesn't if it involves strawberry pie? ;)

Pics look stunning!

Anonymous said...

This pie really does say summer with all those pretty red strawberries, yum!
Summer to me was always spending summer in Croatia. Unfortunately we were never there (except one time) during strawberry season. I remember eating the VERY BEST strawberries EVER! Never knew a strawberry could have that much taste, maybe because they were lovingly (and sparsely) watered by my aunt ;)

Susan said...

Keep those berries rolling, Susan!
You are becoming quite the baker. I recall a while back you mentioning that baking wasn't your thing. Well...if you can pull off a pie crust...

Anonymous said...

I wish I had some now for breakfast! The only time I've ever made a strawberry pie was the summer we lived in Vancouver. I think that was b/c all the pie crust boxes (bad, I know) had a recipe on the back so it was easy for me to pick up the items needed. I should have cut out the recipe at least once. Now, you have generously shared your mama's recipe & I can't wait to try it.

xoxox Amy

Veron said...

How gorgeous!!! I love strawberry desserts!

grace said...

i say this cautiously--this might not need a scoop of vanilla ice cream to be completely delicious. i didn't think i would ever utter that phrase. :)

Lori Lynn said...

Susan - the pictures of your pie make me happy. They say world is a beautiful place.

Terry at Blue Kitchen said...

My response to the photo was immediate and Pavlovian, Susan. And that was before I got to the ingredients--specifically the apricot jam. That has to add a nice tartness to balance the sweetness of the strawberries. I also love that the strawberries retain their shape and identity in this, rather than being cooked down to a pulpy mass. Excellent stuff!

Ivy said...

Strawberries are out of season now for us. Shall have to wait until March to see strawberries again. Beautiful picture.

eatme_delicious said...

Beautiful crust and beautiful tart! I'll have to see if I can come up with a berry recipe before the deadline. I love hearing that Will Smith song on the radio in the summer. :)

Alanna Kellogg said...

I'm a big fan of the instant sweetness/sharpness from jams. Love the simplicity of your mom's pie, Susan!

Anonymous said...

This looks so fresh and pretty!

Cris said...

That looks just to good to be true!

Dragon said...

Peach pie was always our summer pie at home. :) Your strawberry pie looks great.

Elle said...

Oh my gosh, that's beautiful! And i still love that song. Takes me right back to summers as a kid.

Anonymous said...

That is such a gorgeous pie. And the mascarpone cheese is such a genius touch. Strawberry season is over here but I'm bookmarking this for next year.

LyB said...

Those strawberries look so fresh and juicy! What a beautiful dessert. :)

Brilynn said...

Strawberry pies always look so pretty! I'll love a big slice of yours.

Mama Mia said...

I loooove strawberry pie! I just want to lick that computer screen right now. I just bought some frozen pie crusts at Trader Joes today... I should make this!

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan,

I am new to the blogging scene and just found you. A few things:

1. Love your blog;

2. I too live in San Diego, glad you have successfully transplanted. I'll keep my eye out for you at the Hillcrest Farmers Market on Sundays:)

3. The pie is fabulous, thanks for this.


Michelle said...

Love your blog. I found several recipes I can't wait to try, but I think this strawberry pie has to go to the top of the list.

Manggy said...

Susan Rarely has a pie looked so gorgeous. I love strawberries so this is pretty much over-the-top food orgasm for me :P

Unknown said...

whoa this sounds doable...perfect for a pie virgin like me ^_^

Nic said...

Looks like your mum knew how to make the best strawberry pie! Thanks for sharing the recipe Susan.

Kara said...

This looks absolutely amazing!! But now I can't think of a single other berry recipe I'd rather make for SHF than your own! Surely something will come to mind but this strawberry pie will be next!

glamah16 said...

Berry licious!

Shreya said...

beautiful pics, the colour is so rich and tempting..

Joel said...

Wow, this looks maddeningly good... I will have to try! Thanks for checking out Six By 10 Tiny Kitchen, by the way.

I'm going to have to bookmark this blog for future baking adventures!

Warda said...

I went today to buy vanilla ice cream to go with my pie, but haven't made a pie yet ;) Yours looks stunning. I think mine is going to be peach pie.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

kevin-Why, thank you!

elise-They are lovely together. Thanks!

madam chow-That's awfully sweet of you, but I'm sure whatever you make will be delicious!

susanc-I think chilling the crust in the fridge for a long time (even overnight) keeps it super crispy. The one I made stayed crispy for 2 days. I also let it cool before adding the filling, and spoon some apricot on the bottom of the crust first. Hope this helps!

culinography-Sure thing. :)

helene-Those are good words to me.

elle-Give it a try. You won't be sorry.

marie-Oh, good. Because you always get me all nostalgic too. :)

peterg-There's a strawberry heaven? ;) Thanks.

rosa-I'm sorry to hear that. They're inexpensive here.

johanna-Apple pie will come in the fall!

lore-I hope you do.

ann-I love that comment!

zita-Well said!

linda-I think the love was the key to those berries' sweetness.

susan-Aw, thanks so much. I appreciate that.

amy-It's great for breakfast! Your little girl might enjoy baking it too.

veron-Oh, thanks!


lorilynn-That is just the sweetest thing anybody could say.

terryb-Sometimes my mom would make it with whole berries standing up. I loved that as a kid too. And the apricot preserves really elevate the flavor of the berries. Thanks!

ivy-Until March? Oh, no.

eatmedelicious-I hope you do. I haven't been able to get that darned song out of my head!

alanna-Thanks a bunch!

jillian-Well, thanks!

cris-It is that good. :)

dragon-Peach pie was late summer for us.

elle-Me too!

julie-It's worth waiting for.

lyb-Thank you so much!

brilynn-I'd be happy to give you one. ;)

lina-You should! It's super easy!

chefectomy-1. Thanks a bunch!
2. That would be cool! 3. I'm so glad you like it.

michelle-I think so too. :)

manggy-Wow! I had no idea it could have that effect on people. ;)

rita-It's easy-peasy!

mic-You're welcome. And she did!

kara-Oh, that is so kind of you. You just brought a big smile to my face.

coco- :)

shreya-Thank you.

mrrosewater-You're welcome!

warda-Peach pie is my next favorite!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I love strawberry pie! This looks delicious. I'd never seen apricot preserves used as a part of it before--seems like a great addition to me!

Allen said...

Shhhh, don't tell my mom ... but her strawberry pie didn't look as appetizing as yours :-)

Deborah said...

I love recipes that remind me of my childhood - and this one looks fantastic!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Susan, I love it. I was thinking about making very similar mini pies with mixed berry filling... :)
Your pie looks amazing!

Anonymous said...

It sure do look pretty.

daphne said...

the red shine through susan! This looks amazing and I wish I can have a slice of that now.

Paula said...

Wow-ee!! That pie looks terrific! I've not heard of using apricot preserves in a strawberry pie before, and man oh man does that sound good. Love the use of marscapone, too! Yum!

redmenace said...

This looks so lovely and yummy!

cindy* said...

this looks amazing. i once had a strawberry pie at a deli owned by a mennonite family...it was part of the lunch special, which i can't remember , but the pie has stuck with me.

Chibog in Chief said...

this strawberry pie susan just made my day :-)

ChichaJo said...

That has got to be the most stunning strawberry pie I have ever seen in my whole life! Made even more special by the childhood memories attached to it :)

My childhood summers were all about the beach...and mangoes :)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

So beautiful and perfect for the swiss event! Always I love your memories!

tigerfish said...

Summer summer summertime. Time for Susan FoodBlogga pie! Yay!

Cakelaw said...

This beautiful pie makes me yearn for the summer!

zorra said...

Your summerpie makes me drooling! I'm sure it will be a big hit on our Swiss National Day party buffet. :-) Thank you for your participation.

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Yummy fruit in a crisp crust. Love the colour of it.
How do you cook like you do and not put on weight?:)

ames said...

Hello there, my new favorite dessert! Where have you been all my life?? I just want to *swim* in that pie!

Just wanted to let you know there's an award for you on my blog too :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Susan, I haven't had strawberry pie in... well, I don't even remember!
This look so delicious, my friend.

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

the strawberry pie looks so enticing and pictures are so nice..it must have been very tasty..i can just imagine, isnt it !

Deeba PAB said...

I am envy, envy, envious of this delicious pie! Summer hols were full of muggy hot days & nights being eaten alive by those blessed mosquitoes alright!! Summer hols were full of mango delights...strawberries were unheard of here; pictures like yours filled our dreams!! Still do...I'll go with Jeff's fave, mascarpone on it. This is YUM Susan!!

Anonymous said...

The color of the strawberries really make this pie look so tasty! I am confident it tastes just as good as it looks! mmm!

Parenting Stories said...

Kids are in heaven. Great recipe! Delicious!

Parenting Stories said...

Kids are in heaven. Great recipe! Delicious!

Katie Zeller said...

What a gorgeous pie. I can taste it... and I just bent my fork on the monitor...

Jaime said...

i love strawberry pie! :) mmmmmm pass me a slice of that beautiful pie. i grew up eating the store bought ones from marie calendar's though... the one near my parents' home in CA is no longer there... i wonder if they are still around any more?

Clumbsy Cookie said...

This is one of the most beautiful strawberry pies I've seen. It's simply gorgeous!

Jeanne said...

How beautiful - I love the vibrant colour and can only imagine the taste...

Susan from Food Blogga said...

mike-It's really a nice contrast with the berries.

allen-Mum's the word. :)

deborah-Me too. Thanks!

margot-Ooh, mini pies would be lovely.


daphne-Thanks a bunch!

paula-Give it a try!

redmenace-Oh, thanks!

cindy-This one's a winner. Hope you try it!

dhanggit-I'm so happy to hear that.

joey-Wow! Thanks so much. I really appreciate that!

tanna-That's nice of you to say.


cakelaw-Stay warm, my friend!

zorra-You're welcome!

aparna-I go to the gym every day and have only one serving!

ames-New favorite dessert? Aw, that's so sweet. An award? Thanks. I'm comin' over.

patricia-Then it's time to make one!

anamika-It's sooo yummy.

deeba-I could have happy memories about mangoes too. :)

amypurple-It is pretty darned good. :)

parenting stories-Wonderful! It's really kid-friendly.


jaime-MC's are still here in CA, but I've never been. I do know they sell pies though.

clumbsy cookie-Many thanks!

jeanne-Sweet and sublime!