There is nothing like Louisiana strawberries, like in this simple fresh strawberry pie.
This time of year is a good one Louisiana. The weather is beautiful, aka the humidity isn’t too bad, and then there are the strawberries. Louisiana strawberries are more than delicious. The perfect fresh and sweet fruit. If I am not eating them fresh from the fridge, then it is in a dessert. This simple fresh strawberry pie is not only easy, but it is so good.
Fresh strawberries are always a family favorite for us. We can barely keep these in stock. As soon as I get a new container of strawberries, the kids have devoured then within the first hour. Seriously. When I do get the chance to do something with them, I take advantage! Strawberries are big in Louisiana around this time of year. There is even a strawberry festival, which is ALL about strawberries.
On our way home the other day, we made a point to stop and grab some fresh and local Louisiana strawberries. Guess what? It was enough for the kids to enjoy and for me to use in this simple fresh strawberry pie.
THE best buttery pie crust.
When I have the time, I prefer to make my desserts homemade. Of course, this does not happen all the time thanks to a chaotic schedule. For this simple fresh strawberry pie, I was able to make my own pie crust. I felt like this was a must since I was using my local strawberries in a homemade strawberry glaze. I adapted this oh so good pie crust recipe from Five Heart Home. It is so good and truly easy to put together.
The key with this recipe is to make sure your butter and water are COLD. Not just a little cold or chilled, but truly cold. I added ice to my water and put it in the freezer before using. The butter was prepped and then placed in the freezer for a good 30 minutes or so before I even used it.
You can use this pie crust after it has sat in the fridge for about 2 hours, but I decided to wait until the next day to use it. The more chilled the better. I didn’t want these buttery spots to melt before they were supposed too. Let me tell you, this is WORTH the effort!
I also think having a large food processor helped. I was able to throw it all in there and not worry about my hands warming everything up too much. If you don’t have a food processor, that is okay. Just make sure to mix the dough components quickly and not to handle it too much.
The amazing strawberry glaze.
I don’t like to toot my own horn, but…… this homemade strawberry glaze is amazing! Y’all. I am being serious. I wanted to drink this glaze it is so good. It was not hard to make either. You basically smashup your strawberries. I had a mortar and pestle which made this process even easier. If you don’t have those two items, you can just you a fork or a food processor. You want them to be broken up enough so that they can cook down into the glaze. Don’t worry. There will be strawberry slices placed at the bottom of this pie.
This strawberry glaze does call for 1 cup of sugar. If you are unable to consume sugar for either a health or diet standpoint, you could substitute. I can not vouch for the flavor going this route though.
- 1 baked 9-inch pie shell ( used this recipe: https://www.fivehearthome.com/fool-proof-flaky-butter-pie-crust/ )
- ~4 cups (quart) fresh strawberries : 2 cups sliced, 2 cups smashed
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3/4 cup water
- *Whipped cream topping
- Make pie crust according to : Buttery Pie Crust
- Mash 2 cups of strawberries and combine them with the sugar in a medium saucepan.
- Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
- In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Gradually stir cornstarch mixture into boiling strawberry mixture.
- Reduce heat and simmer until thick, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Arrange strawberry slices in the baked pie shell.
- Pour strawberry glaze mixture over berries in the pie shell.
- Chill for at least 2 hours.
- Top with whipped cream (optional). Cut and serve!
Bring on the strawberries!
All I have left to say is bring on the strawberries! I could eat this simple fresh strawberry pie all day long. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, late night dessert…I am here for the pie.