Strawberry Pie

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Now that strawberries are in season again, it’s time for strawberry pie!  I love this recipe from my friends, because it reminds me of strawberry pie from Polly’s Pies.

Strawberry Pie
Adapted from a recipe from friends, pie shell adapted from Betty Crocker

Strawberry Filling
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons tapioca starch OR cornstarch
2 tablespoons agave nectar OR light corn syrup
1 cup water
3 tablespoons strawberry-flavored gelatin
1 quart (a little over 2 lbs) fresh strawberries, hulled

Pie Shell
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon butter OR shortening
1 cup gluten-free flour OR all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-3 tablespoons cold water

Make pie shell:

  1. Preheat oven to 475ºF.
  2. Mix flour and salt in a bowl.  Cut butter OR shortening into the mixture until pieces are the size of small peas.
  3. Sprinkle in water while tossing with fork to moisten the flour.
  4. Gather the pastry into a ball and place on well-floured surface.  You can try rolling it out, but the dough will be fairly crumbly.  I usually flatten it somewhat with my palms and then press it into the pie tin.
  5. Prick bottom and sides with fork.  Bake for 10 min.  Cool while you make the filling.

 

Make filling:

  1. Combine sugar, tapioca starch OR cornstarch, agave nectar OR corn syrup, and water in a saucepan.  Bring mixture to a boil.
  2. Cook mixture, stirring constantly, until clear and thickened.
  3. Add gelatin, stirring until dissolved.  Cool mixture.
  4. Arrange strawberries in the baked pie shell.  Pour gelatin mix over strawberries.  Chill until firm.
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Papaya Bowl

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In case you are still trying to lose your holiday weight gain (like me) or need to serve dessert to health-conscious friends, this is a great compromise between healthiness and sweetness.  All the colors from the papaya and berries also make it a pretty dish.

Papaya Bowl

Yield: 2 servings

1 ripe papaya
Mix of berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, sliced strawberries…)

  1. Slice the papaya in half and scoop out the seeds.  If you want to be fancy, you can slice off the tip of the papaya (where the stem used to be).
  2. Fill the indentation in each half with a mix of your favorite berries.

 

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie

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Hot weather calls for cold desserts, preferably ice cream desserts! This strawberry cheesecake ice cream pie recipe is adapted from Smitten Kitchen – see this page for much more enticing photos than mine:
Original Smitten Kitchen recipe


Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie

Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen, crust adapted from Betty Crocker

Crust
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon butter
1 cup gluten-free flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 to 3 tablespoons cold water

Cheesecake filling
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whipped cream topping
1 cup heavy or whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Strawberry sauce
1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved
2 tablespoons sugar
Juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon tapioca starch
2 tablespoons water

Do at least one day before you intend to eat the pie:
Crust:

1. Preheat oven to 475ºF.
2. Mix gluten-free flour and salt in a bowl.  Cut butter into the mixture until pieces are the size of small peas.
3. Sprinkle in water while tossing with fork to moisten the flour.
4. Gather the pastry into a ball and place on well-floured surface.  You can try rolling it out, but the dough will be fairly crumbly.  I usually flatten it somewhat with my palms and then press it into the pie tin.
5. Prick bottom and sides with fork.  Bake for 10 min.  Cool while you make the filling.

Cheesecake filling:
1.
Beat cream cheese until soft and fluffy, then slowly beat in condensed milk until smooth.
2. Beat in lemon zest and vanilla. (If you don’t have a zester or grater, carefully slicing off small pieces of the lemon peel with a fruit knife also works.)
3. Pour filling into cooled crust, cover, and freeze until firm (about 6 to 8 hours).  Leaving it in the freezer for a couple days longer is also fine.


Do the day you plan to eat the pie:
Strawberry topping:
1. Combine strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, tapioca starch, and water in a medium, heavy saucepan. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
2. Cook over medium-low heat to a simmer, stirring. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, then remove from heat and chill sauce completely. Keep in fridge until needed.

Whipped cream topping:
1. Whip cream with sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form.
2. Spread the whipped cream over the frozen filling and return to the freezer until firm (10 min to an hour, depending on how firm you want it).

When serving, cut slices of pie and spoon strawberry sauce over them.