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No-Bake Fresh Strawberry Pie

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: PJ

No-Bake Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe

When fresh local strawberries come around, the less you do to them, the better! This pie features the bright flavor of fresh berries cradled in a crisp, buttery crust. Perfect berries need little adornment; this pie preserves their sparkling freshness with just enough cooking to make a sliceable filling. If you choose, you don’t even have to heat the oven or roll out your crust; we give several easy crust options for showcasing your beautiful berries.

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9" pie, 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

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Crust

Filling

  • two 1-pound cartons fresh strawberries, about 2 quarts, about 8 cups
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons Pie Filling Enhancer OR 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon, lime, or orange juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. For the crust: Place the 1/2 cup butter in a microwave-safe 9" pie pan; stoneware or glass both work well. Heat in the microwave until the butter melts.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugars, and salt. Dump the dry ingredients atop the melted butter, and stir until no dry spots show.
  3. Using your fingers, press the dough over the bottom and up the sides of the pan, making a crimped edge, if desired.
  4. Microwave the crust for 2 minutes. It should feel hot. Microwave for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute; this should "set" the crust. You may notice some faint bulges around the edge. You also may see the edges start to slide down towards the bottom of the pan a bit; simply push them back up.
  5. Wash and hull all the berries, and cut them into 1/2" to 3/4" pieces. For medium-to-large berries, you'll be cutting each one into about 8 pieces. Set aside 3/4 of the berries. Place the remaining berries (about 1 1/2 cups chopped berries) in a saucepan, and crush a bit using a potato masher or a big spoon.
  6. Combine the crushed berries with the sugar, Pie Filling Enhancer or cornstarch, and water. Cook over medium heat till the mixture starts to thicken. Remove from the heat, and stir in the juice and salt.
  7. Stir the cooked berry mixture into the uncooked berries.
  8. Spread the filling over the prepared crust. Serve the pie warm; or chill for a few hours before serving, to set the filling.
  9. Top with whipped cream, if desired.