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This fresh strawberry pie is the perfect dessert for strawberry season!
Serve up dessert using fresh strawberries! This no-jello fresh strawberry pie is made with fresh strawberries, sweetener, and a homemade crust.
This is a super easy recipe that requires absolutely no oven or mixing bowl, but still has great taste, flavor, and texture.
Strawberry pie is delicious, refreshing stuff. Particularly when it’s made with fresh strawberries and glaze.
Strawberry Pie Glaze
No, you don’t have to use Jello for strawberry pie glaze. In fact, I think it’s better without.
What Kind of Pie Crust Should You Use?
Can I Use Other Berries?
You can! Use any berries you prefer.
What Size Pie Plate Should I Use?
A standard 8 or 9-inch pie pan will work best here. Remember, that the strawberries should be piled up a bit. A small mountain of strawberries is not inappropriate here.
Do I Have To Use Arrowroot Powder?
If you don’t have arrowroot powder, cornstarch will work in a pinch. Pretty much any starch that does a good job of thickening things will work for this.
Can This Recipe Be Made in Advance?
Yes, but I would keep the strawberries (mixed with the sauce) separate from the pie crust until you are ready to serve it to help keep your crust at the proper texture.
How Do You Cut A Strawberry For Pie?
The best way to cut strawberries for fresh strawberry pit is to slice it lengthwise in slices that are approximately a ¼ inch in thickness. An egg slicer or strawberry slicer will make the job fast and easy.
How Do You Thicken Strawberry Pie Filling?
While most recipes call for Jello, this one uses arrowroot powder. So if you want to thicken the sauce a bit more, simply add an extra teaspoon of arrowroot powder. But keep in mind that you want it to be runny enough when it’s warm to move down into the strawberries appropriately.
How Do You Keep My Pie Crust Crispy?
The best way to keep it from getting soggy is to fully bake the crust before filling it. There is no way to totally avoid a bit of sogginess if the pie sits in the fridge for a few days, but if it’s baked well initially, you’ll avoid the worst of it.
How Do You Wash Fresh-Picked Strawberries?
You have three options for washing fresh strawberries.
- Run the strawberries under running water for a minute or so.
- Soak in a tub of vinegar water for several minutes.
- Soak in a tub of salted water for several minutes.
While the first option is the fastest, the second and third are more thorough.
Why Is My Strawberry Pie Runny?
It’s important to add enough starch to this recipe. But keep in mind that there is no gelatin used here. So it will be a bit runny, even with a properly thickened sauce. That’s the nature of using natural ingredients in this recipe. You can add an extra teaspoon of arrowroot powder to make sure the strawberry sauce is properly thickened. Also, ensure that you properly refrigerate your pie. It needs to be in the fridge for at least 1 full hour before slicing it or the sauce won’t thicken properly.
Fresh Strawberry Pie Ingredients
(Print recipe from recipe card below)
Fresh strawberries – If you don’t want to pile the strawberries as high, you can use 2 lbs. of fresh berries instead for a flatter pie.
Water – Use good quality drinking water.
Sucanat or coconut sugar – I used brown xylitol because of my blood sugar. But any brown, granular sweetener you are comfortable using will work well here.
Arrowroot powder – organic corn starch will work too.
Note: For a little extra zing, you can add about 1 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the sauce. But you may want to add a little extra sweetener if you do.
How To Make Fresh Strawberry Pie
Make The Crust
Prepare your pie crust and bake for 10 minutes at 350 F. Let cool completely.
Make the Strawberry Pie Glaze
In a blender, combine ½ cup strawberries, water, and the sweetener.
Blend until smooth.
Transfer strawberry sauce to a pot and whisk in the arrowroot powder over medium heat. Do not let this come to a hard boil. A soft to medium simmer is best. Stir frequently for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Allow it to cool to a lukewarm temperature.
Assemble The Pie – Combine The Strawberry Pie Filling
Pour the remainder of the sliced strawberries into the cooled pie crust.
Pour the glaze over the strawberries, distributing it as evenly as possible.
Chill The Pie
Set the pie in the fridge to cool for at least 1 hour.
Serve The Pie
Slice and serve with a fork. It’s also great with whipped cream!
Do You Need To Refrigerate Fresh Strawberry Pie?
Yes! While it’s great served at room temperature, it’s equally good cold. And once it’s been made, it should definitely be stored in the refrigerator.
How To Store Fresh Strawberry Pie
It’s best to store this pie in the pie pan you baked it in. Simply wrap it in plastic wrap, and store it in the fridge. Foil will work too, as long as it’s wrapped tightly.
How Long Does Fresh Strawberry Pie Last?
This pie will last in the fridge for approximately 4 days. However, the longer it’s in the fridge, the softer the crust will get. So this is best enjoyed as soon as possible.
Can You Freeze Fresh Strawberry Pie?
In this particular case, it’s not recommended.
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- 2 lb. fresh strawberries (cleaned and sliced)
- ½ cup water
- ⅓ cup Sucanat or coconut sugar
- 3 tsp. arrowroot powder (organic cornstarch will work too in a pinch)
- Prepare your pie crust and bake for 10 minutes at 350 F. Let cool completely.
- In a blender, combine 1/2 cup strawberries, water, and the sweetener.
- Blend until smooth.
- Transfer the strawberry sauce to a pot and whisk in the arrowroot powder over medium heat. Stir frequently for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Allow it to cool to lukewarm temperature.
- Pour the remainder of the sliced strawberries into the cooled pie crust.
- Pour the glaze over the strawberries, distributing as evenly as possible.
- Set the pie in the fridge to cool for at least 2 hours.
- Slice and serve.
Article from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 6/22/14.