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Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh Strawberry Pie is a summer treat I dream about all year long. Any fresh berry pie is a thing of beauty, but this strawberry ginger combo gives this pie a bit of spark!

Fresh Strawberry Pie with Ginger

I look forward to berry season more than anything else. More than fall pumpkins. More than Christmas cookies. Cooking with freshly picked berries is the highlight of my annual cooking experience.

As a little girl, I remember peeping over the top of the long potluck table at a church picnic, eagerly assessing all my sweet options. There were apple pies, coconut cupcakes, brownies, and other homemade offerings. Yet the creme de la creme of the dessert table was a Fresh Strawberry Pie, piled high with glistening crimson orbs.

Making Fresh Strawberry Pie

Once you’ve experienced GOOD fresh berry pie, you can easily sniff out those that don’t make the cut.

So what is the secret to a fantastic fresh strawberry pie, you ask?

It’s all about the goo, or lack there of.

Gluten Free Fresh Strawberry Pie

You know that thick fake-red syrupy stuff, that for some odd reason is found in the produce department? …The plastic pouch of  strawberry flavored  goo meant for adding to shortcakes and pie?

Let’s let it rot in the grocery store, if that’s even possible. A great fresh strawberry pie recipe is not gooey. The glaze simply glues the berries together, enabling one to cut the pie without it completely falling apart. It adds a glossy finish to the berries and a little extra sweetness, but doesn’t fill up the entire pie with thick gel.

If you happen to see a fresh berry pie with all the gaps filled in with gel, run.

How to Make Fresh Strawberry Pie

In order to creative this perfect, non-filling, just-sweet-enough adhesive glaze, I like to combine strawberry jam with a little powdered gelatine and a little cornstarch. That’s it. Once it’s heated and cooled, the berries will hold together in an natural, unadulterated fashion.

It’s a sight to behold.

Easy Gluten Free Fresh Strawberry Pie

Today I added crystallized ginger to my pie. The strawberry ginger combination is a surprising delight, with just a touch of sweet heat. It goes perfectly with a traditional pie crust or a crumb crust.

Homemade Fresh Strawberry Pie

Classic Pie Perfection:

Key Lime Pie ~ The Pioneer Woman

Lazy Mary’s Lemon Tart ~ Food 52

Grandma’s Chocolate Pie ~ Homesick Texan

Fresh Strawberry Pie
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Fresh Strawberry Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Any fresh berry pie is a thing of beauty, but this strawberry ginger combo gives this pie a bit of spark!
Servings: 8 slices

Ingredients

For the Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Crust:

For the Fresh Strawberry Pie Filling:

  • 3 pounds fresh strawberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped crystallized ginger + extra for the top
  • 3/4 cup good strawberry jam
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered unsweetened gelatin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Pinch salt
  • Fresh whipped cream for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the almonds in a food processor. Pulse until finely ground. Add the snickerdoodle cookies and pulse until ground to crumbs.
  • Pour the melted butter over the crumbs and pulse to combine. Dump the mixture into a greased pie pan. Gently press the crumb mixture up the sides and evenly over the bottom of the pan. Bake for approximately 10 minutes, then cool in the fridge.
  • Meanwhile, hull the berries and slice them in half. Slice the XL berries into thirds. Place them in a large bowl. Add the chopped ginger to the berries and toss.
  • Place the strawberry jam, gelatin, cornstarch and salt in a small microwave-safe bowl. Mix until well combined. Place in the microwave and cook for 1 1/2 to 3 minutes until boiling. Watch carefully. Once boiling, remove from the microwave and pour over the berries. Mix well.
  • Fill the pie crust with the fresh berry mixture. Gently shake to settle. Place in the fridge for 3 hours to set. Serve cold with lots of fresh whipped cream!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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33 comments on “Fresh Strawberry Pie”

  1. Nothing better than fresh strawberries!

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  6. I am loving the idea of a fresh strawberry pie. I can’t believe I haven’t tried anything like this before.

  7. I just started cooking with coconut oil – for dairy free version, it would work perfectly in that crust. It’s solid at room temp, but can be heated up a tiny bit and will melt and be perfect with the GF snickerdoodles.

    Great recipe! I love berries too! I could eat only berries for all of June and July.

  8. Beautiful pie!! The strawberries are just stunning!

  9. Just gorgeous – this is my kind of pie!

  10. colourful delicious looking pie

  11. What a gorgeous, scrumptious summer pie! This looks incredible, Sommer, and just perfect for all the big, plump strawberries in season. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Oh Sommer this is brilliant! I bet the ginger and strawberries is absolutely heavenly!

  13. Just delicioius, we love strawberries and ginger together! Cheers :)

  14. YUM! I bet the ginger adds a nice zing!

  15. I’ve never been a fan of traditional strawberry pies because of the goo, your version sounds sooo much better.

  16. I’ve only eaten one kind of Udi’s products and it was excellent, considering it had no gluten in it. I bet their Snickerdoodles are wonderful. The pie looks great. I’ll be picking strawberries next weekend at a local Strawberry Festival. Now I just have to find the snickerdoodles for the crust. Thanks for sharing this wonderful pie.

  17. We just finished a gluten free week at school and I was quite surprised at how well all of the recipes turned out. This pie sounds like a winner to me – and I’ve definitely ALWAYS run away from that red goo =)

  18. What a gorgeous Sommery – I mean Summery – pie! Love strawberry and ginger together – a fabulous combo. I’m with you on the gloopy goo counter – why buy a yucky industrial pie when you can whip this gorgeous treat up in double-quick time!

  19. Your comment about letting it rot cracked me up. I do wonder how long it would actually take!

  20. Lovely! I love that it isn’t “gooey.” I need to add this to the Strawberry Desserts list!

  21. What a great looking pie!! I love how you made the crust!! Yum!!

  22. What a stunning strawberry pie Sommer! I always look forward to strawberry season. Can’t wait for them to reach our local farmer’s markets.

  23. Gah! Wish I could have it now.

  24. Strawberry Pie is hands down our favorite summer pie. I sweeten a bit of mascarpone to layer between the crust and the berries but once I made that revision I sort of quit with the modifications. But ginger…I bet that is lovely…just a nice gentle spicy kick. This is GORGEOUS!!

  25. Strawberry + ginger – love it, Sommer! And these cookies for the crust…you are my hero! I was just contemplating a graham cracker crust and wondered if any stores carry GF graham crackers. I’ll be looking for these now!

  26. Strawberry pie, is there anything better? I think not!

  27. so pretty Sommer! Have a great long weekend

  28. Nice pie Sommer! Actually it is beautiful. I miss pie if you can believe that :) Have a lovely long weekend.

  29. Looks so good!! I will be trying this recipe — strawberries just might be a fave in this household. As well as those Udi’s Snickerdoodle Cookies. :)

    And thank you for the shout out and for linking to me.

    Blessings,
    Rachel

  30. That crust makes my life! Love it!

  31. Now this is what I call a good morning!