Fresh and Easy Strawberry Pie


Our easy strawberry pie recipe has a natural and fresh flavor.

Both tangy and sweet. And texture. Fresh strawberries are available most of the year, so it's perfect any time. This recipe has been in our family for decades, one of my mother’s specialties. People always rave about it.

The secret is in the sauce filling. It is truly smooth and delicious – not gelatinous like so many strawberry pies are. And it only takes minutes to make. It's one of our easy recipes for seniors, especially.

Plus, when you use fresh strawberries, you’re getting a healthy dessert with loads of nutrients. When you use a non-sugar sweetener (such as natural stevia), you’re adding to the healthiness.

And you can often find strawberries in stores at certain times throughout the winter months (including around Valentine’s Day - see our Valentines Desserts page). So this is not just a recipe for spring and summer. You can certainly make this easy strawberry pie recipe with frozen strawberries too, but fresh is obviously the best.

There are two versions here. The second one is really all-natural, and you can even make it in a gluten-free pie crust (as shown below).

Easy Strawberry Pie

Mom's Recipe

Ingredients

(Sometimes I make more of the sauce if I have a deep dish crust and am piling on more strawberries. For me, more is better here)...

1 pre-baked pie shell
1+ quart fresh strawberries

4 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tblspn corn starch
1 Tblspn water
1+ teaspoon gelatin
½ cup sugar, or other sweetener

Bake the pie crust according to instructions, and cool.
Cut strawberries in halves or fourths (depending on size).
Mix ¼ of the berries, and the sugar in a sauce pan.
Dissolve the corn starch in lemon juice, and add in.
Cook on medium heat until it thickens.
Mix the gelatin in the water, and add in.
Arrange the rest of the strawberries in the crust.
Pour the above heated mixture over the pie. Let it cool and set before serving. Great with whipped cream or ice cream!
It’s best to refrigerate the pie until serving, and also any leftovers.

This is a really easy healthy recipe, so don’t miss out. You’re sure to get loads of compliments.


All-Natural Strawberry Pie

The image shown is actually the all-natural pie. The recipe is almost the same as above. With some differences.

Ingredients:

Pie Shell -- (Pre-baked). For the pie shown, I used a gluten-free crust, and it turned out delicious. Otherwise, the best natural crust I've found so far is organic whole wheat pastry flour, by "Wholly Wholesome." Very nice texture and great flavor!

1+ quart fresh strawberries

4 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tblspn arrowroot (or cornstarch)
1 Tblspn water
1+ teaspoon natural gelatin
½ cup pure maple syrup or honey, or stevia

I used a combo of pure maple syrup and honey in my pie, because of the flavor. I wasn't sure if it would be too runny because of no sugar. But it wasn't at all. It made a nice, thick sauce.

Pre-bake the crust, then cool.
Cut the strawberries in half (for small sized), or fourths for large.
Mix ¼ of the berries and sweetener in a sauce pan.
Dissolve the arrowroot in lemon juice, then add it in.
Cook the mixture on Medium until it thickens.
Mix in the gelatin with the water. Add to mixture.
Put the rest of the strawberries in the crust.
Pour the warm sauce mixture over the pie. Refrigerate to cool and set it before serving.


Be sure to also see:

Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries -- The easy way. Or the traditional way. We also have some fun decorating ideas.

Fresh Strawberry Desserts -- See all our ideas using fresh strawberries (and recipes contributed by readers too). In the off-season, you'll see how you can use frozen fruit. Many of these are delicious for Valentine's Day, but can certainly be used any time of year.


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