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This Simple Strawberry Pie, made with a fresh berry glaze, will be the first dessert to disappear at your next summer picnic or gathering!

With a buttery pastry crust filled with glazed berries, the flavorful strawberries are the star of the show!  This Fresh Strawberry Pie is pure berry deliciousness as it’s made without Jello.

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Simple Strawberry Pie

I’ve made those fresh strawberry pies with a jello glaze in a pinch, but the artificial flavor and color detracts from the deliciousness of ripe summer berries. This fresh strawberry pie is the second I’ve tested this summer and the obvious winner.

This simple strawberry pie should be made at the peak of strawberry season, when the berries are sweet, ripe and juicy. With no other ingredients to disguise the strawberry flavor, you definitely want the best of the best berries.

Fresh Strawberry Pie in a white pie plate next to a few fresh strawberries

How to Pick the Best Strawberries

You’ve all probably encountered  hard, flavorless strawberries a time or two. Here are some tips for selecting the best strawberries.

First, you should smell the sweet aroma of strawberries when you near the display at the supermarket or farmers’ market. That is your number one cue that the berries are fresh and ripe. If you detect no strawberry scent, your berries will have no flavor.

Next, inspect them for good coloration and absence of bruises. Your strawberries should be red and the stem ends should not be pale or white, indicating they were picked before fully ripe.

Also inspect the strawberry seeds. If they’re brown, the berries are old. The red berry skin should have a bit of a sheen which indicates freshess.

If your strawberries are in a clear plastic box, flip it over to see if there are any bruised or mushy spots or even mold. These sorts of berries are already deteriorating.

Tips for Making a Fresh Strawberry Pie

A buttery homemade pie crust is the perfect vessel for this simple strawberry pie. But if making a pastry crust is out of your comfort zone, feel free to use a store bought crust. Just bake and cool either option before filling.

Now that you know how to select the best strawberries, make sure you purchase perfectly ripe, luscious and fragrant berries for this pie. If you have access to local berries, that’s your best bet.

Warning: This pie is best eaten on the day it is made and within 5 hours of chilling. To streamline the process, you can make and bake your crust the day before you make the pie. The strawberry puree can also be made ahead of time. Just cover the surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

With all the large pieces of strawberries filling the pie, it’s tough to cut perfect slices. Having some sweetened whipped cream to dollop on each slice will detract from any slicing imperfections!

Simple Strawberry Pie slice on a white dessert plate

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Simple strawberry pie in a white pie plate topped with dollops of whipped cream

Simple Strawberry Pie

A pie recipe to showcase the best of the best summer berries! Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Pie, Dessert
  • Method: Boiling, Mixing
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • One baked pie crust
  • 4 pints (about 3 pounds) fresh strawberries, gently rinsed and dried, hulled
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1½ teaspoons Sure-Jell for low-sugar recipes (the pink box)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Add 6 ounces of your strawberries to your food processor, process the berries till smooth, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  2. Whisk the sugar, cornstarch, Sure-Jell, and salt in a medium saucepan. Stir in the berry puree. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly with a heatproof spatula, and bring to a full boil. Boil, scraping the bottom and sides of the pan with a heat proof spatula, for a full 2 minutes to thicken. Remove to a large bowl and stir in lemon juice. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Pick out 2 pounds of the best looking berries from those remaining. Cut the larger strawberries in half or quarters. Add the berries to the bowl with the glaze and gently toss until the berries are coated. Pile into the pie shell,  arranging the berries cut side down for a nice presentation. Refrigerate pie until chilled, about 2 hours.
  4. Top with sweetened whipped cream if desired.

Notes

Total time does not include cooling or chilling times.
Best served within 5 hours of chilling. 

 

 

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33 comments on “Simple Strawberry Pie”

  1. Simply stunning! Who would have thought that such a beautiful dessert so simple to make?

  2. I’ll bet this was amazing Liz! I had hoped to try a fresh strawberry pie this year but waited too long. I’ll stop back next spring for this recipe:@)

  3. Simple and a perfect dessert too. Wow at those strawberries. This pie really highlights them in such a wonderful way.

  4. This pie brings me right back to the states. Australians don’t do pie very often and I’m a pie lover from way back. I had my first glazed strawberry pie when I moved to Knoxville to go to college and I’ve been in love with this ever since. Strawberry season has just started in the north of Australia and I’m going to make this for myself. A treat for feeling better. 🙂

  5. If this doesn’t scream summer….This looks amazing, Liz!

  6. This pie screams summer! Love it!

  7. Like you, I love strawberries! I can see lots of strawberry posts in your blog, Liz. Love them all! xoxo

  8. The filling preparation sounds interesting and delicious, and not all gloppy. So pretty.

  9. Liz, your pie is to die for! I simply love it!!

  10. WOW that looks good Liz!! Is it bad that I am craving pie for breakfast now?

  11. That is a slice of berry deliciousness!

  12. Wow Liz, you can’t call this a simple pie it’s gorgeous!

  13. I seen your gorge pie on instagram and was just wondering, did you save me a piece or did Bill tackle the pie?!? LOL Just gorgeous Liz. Wishing you a super Sunday!

  14. Gorgeous Liz!

  15. This reminds me of a strawberry pie my mom made for us growing up. So, so good!

  16. Lizzy absolutely beautiful strawberry pie !!!

  17. Pretty divine picnic fare Ms. Liz! A slice of your strawberry pie with a sip of Gallo would actually make any inside or outside meal heavenly =)

  18. This is stunning, Liz! It’s amazing how simple it is!!

  19. I love that there are so many strawberries! Yummy!

  20. I make something similar…strawberries are great in pies!

  21. Pie is my absolute weakness. This one looks gorgeous! We’re huge strawberry fiends over here.

  22. This looks outstanding! I can’t believe I have never had strawberry pie before. I need to make this ASAP!

  23. This is seriously one stunning pie! We have so many strawberries in the fridge right now, I think I found the perfect way to use them up!
    -Jamie

  24. The perfect time of season indeed for a gorgeous open strawberry pie, wow looks amazing.

  25. Ooh absolutely drool worthy dessert yet again Liz!I love strawberries and this seems like the perfect summer dessert for me!

  26. This is one gorgeous pie. My father used to cart home pies from a place in Chicago and this was one of them. Most of them he would freeze, but this being fresh was eaten straight away. We were grateful for that!

  27. Strawberry Pie is my Dad’s favorite dessert, and simple is always best here. My recipe is almost exactly the same. The only “tweak” I sometimes make is I’ll use graham cracker crust once in awhile. I think my dad prefers traditional crust, but he also can’t complain when I’m making him a homemade pie 😉

  28. What a beautiful pie! I adore strawberries yet have never attempted to make a pie w them. I’ll be making this ASAP while the strawberries are still super sweet!

  29. Oh my gosh! This looks absolutely amazing, Liz!

  30. Lizzy,
    Gorgeous pie! My hubby would love this any time.
    Annamaria

  31. This is berry, berrytastic! Wonderful recipe! I am so happy to cook along with you for this #SundaySupper picnic.

  32. This is the best strawberry pie, so sweet and delicious!

  33. This is my absolute favorite strawberry pie recipe! We make it every year and it’s the best summer dessert!

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