Dianne Ebke of Plymouth, Nebraska was baking an apple pie for dinner at her in-laws, when she ran short of apples at the last minute. “I substituted strawberries for the rest of the apples and didn’t tell anyone,“ she recalls. “But that pie was such a hit, I’ve been making it ever since!“
Bound to impress, this dessert features velvety cream cheese, fresh red strawberries and a drizzle of fudge atop a crunchy chocolate almond crust. It’s too gorgeous to resist!—Priscilla Yee, Concord, California
There's plenty of sweet berry flavor in this refreshing dessert. Made with sugar-free gelatin and a graham cracker crust, the summery pie is easy to fix and attractive enough to serve to guests. I sometimes substitute fresh peaches and peach gelatin. —D. Smith, Feasterville-Trevose, Pennsylvania.
These pies were a spring special at a restaurant where I used to work. Whoever was the cook that day had to bake them first thing in the morning and again in the afternoon, as soon as strawberries were ready. —Caroline Park, Pritchard, British Columbia
For my mother's 70th birthday and Mother's Day, I made two of these strawberry pies instead of a cake. Since it was mid-May in Texas, the berries were absolutely perfect. It was a memorable occasion for the whole family.
—Sue A. Jurack
The second question people ask when I serve them this pie is, "What's your recipe?" It comes right after their first question: "May I have another slice?" I like sewing and quilting, gardening…and canning the surplus! —Lauretha Rowe, Scranton, Kansas
Shannon Chabes of Portage, Indiana wanted a lighter version of her grandma's classic summer pie. Our Test Kitchen came up with this one that offers all the flavor of the original but a fourth less fat and 152 fewer calories per slice. How sweet is that?
"WE STILL GO OUT to the strawberry farms to pick our own berries for this pie, and a delicious one it is!
"This pie was a family favorite while I was growing up, and it has become the same with my own family, which is nearly all grown.
"Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits, and when they're in season, you can bet this is a treat we have often!"
"A coconut crust and pretty fluffy filling make this dessert special," notes field editor Kathryn Anderson of Wallkill, New York. "When he strawberries ripen here in our Hudson Valley, Many churches feature them at festivals."