A strawberry pie is actually one of the easiest fruit pies to make. Strawberries make delicious Pie Fillings, especially when served with fresh whipped cream on top ! Try this mouthwatering dessert on your own..
Chilled pie dough for one 9-inch pie
5 cups quartered and hulled strawberries
1/4 cup cornstarch
2/3 to 3/4 cup sugar, adjusted according to the sweetness of strawberries
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon heavy or whipping cream
Whipped cream, optional
How to Make the Strawberry Filling –
Start by mashing about 2 cups of strawberries. Add some sugar, corn starch and extra flavors (like vanilla and lemon) then cook until bubbly and thick. Then, toss with more strawberries and add to the baked and cooled pie crust. Refrigerate for a few hours then top with whipped cream.
Prepare Pie Crust –
Roll out pie dough to fit pie dish. Gently press dough down into dish so that it lines the bottom and sides of the dish. Then, use a knife or pair of kitchen scissors to trim dough to within 1/2-inch of the edge of the dish. Fold edges of dough underneath itself, creating a thicker, 1/4-inch border that rests on the lip of the dish. Then, crimp edges.
Bake Pie Crust –
Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Place a baking sheet on a middle oven rack. Pierce bottom of the crust with a fork. Line the crust with two sheets of aluminum foil. Then, fill foil with dried rice, dried beans or pie weights. Refrigerate 30 minutes or freeze for 10 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Place pie crust onto preheated baking sheet and reduce oven temperature to 200 C. Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until the crust is golden.
Make egg wash by whisking egg yolk and cream in a small bowl. Then, remove rice, beans or pie weights and foil from pie crust. Brush bottom and sides of crust with egg wash. Bake until egg wash is dry and shiny, 3 to 5 minutes. Cool crust completely before filling.
Make Pie Filling –
Add 2 cups of strawberries to a small saucepan. Mash strawberries until chunky. Add sugar, corn starch, vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon juice and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and glaze has thickened; 3 to 5 minutes. Cool completely.
Combine remaining 3 cups of strawberries with cooled strawberry glaze. Stir until strawberries are well coated. Spoon strawberry filling into cooled pie crust. Refrigerate pie at least 2 hours before cutting to allow filling to set. Top with whipped cream.
– BY PRATIKSHA TRIVEDI