Simple Summer Strawberry Pie
Have a cookout on your calendar this summer? Even those with little baking experience can impress their family and friends by showing up with this simple summer strawberry pie. Depending on your skill level, they may not believe you when you say you made it... so maybe document the process.
This strawberry pie has little to no prep and lets the strawberries be the star. Using fresh berries is the key to this recipe. If you love dessert but are not a fan of super sweet or all the additives of canned filling, then this pie is definitely for you.
Also, to save time the recipe calls for a pre-made pie crust. If you have a crust recipe you love, great! But if you are a newbie baker or don't have time to make a crust from scratch, don't worry your pie will still impress! You will wow everyone at the party by creating a lattice or grabbing a star cookie cutter. People will think you took hours in the kitchen, but you took roughly 15 minutes to prep and let the oven do its magic for 40 minutes. The saying " As easy as pie" definitely applies here.
1 pound Strawberries ( 32 oz container)
1 cup Granulated sugar
1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons Butter cubed
2 Pie crusts (Most come in a box of 2)
1 Egg Yolk
Sugar for Dusting
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Set out the pie crust package to get to room temperature. (If the dough is too cold, it will break and tear). And grease the pie pan.
Cut the strawberries into about dime-size pieces; a little bigger or smaller doesn't hurt; I like my pie strawberry chunky. Add the strawberries to a large bowl. Add the flour, sugar, and salt. Mix until the strawberries are coated evenly in all the dry ingredients.
Place 1 of the pie crust into the bottom of the greased pie pan. It should go up the sides of the pan almost to the top. Add the strawberry mixture, and place cubes of the cold butter, on top of the strawberry mixture.
Use the second pie crust to create your design. Cut strips for a lattice or use a cookie cutter for stars and carefully place the design on top of the pie. Any parts that touch the edge of the bottom crust pinch and press to make sure they are connected to give you a firm crust.
Brush the pie crust dough with egg yolk and lightly sprinkle with sugar.
Bake for 35-40 minutes. Check the pie after the first 15 minutes. If the crust is browning too quickly, cover lightly with a tent of aluminum foil and continue baking. The pie crust should be golden brown, and the filling bubbling when ready.
Serve plain or with vanilla ice cream.
For a dairy-free version: Check your pre-made pie crust ingredients list, but most name-brand and generic pie crusts are already dairy-free! Use plant-based butter instead of regular butter for the same great taste without dairy!