Sky-High Strawberry Pie Recipe
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Sky-High Strawberry Pie Recipe

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This pie is my specialty. It's fairly simple to make but so dramatic to serve. The ultimate taste of spring, this luscious pie has such a big, fresh berry taste I've had many request to bring it to gatherings. —Janet Mooberry, Peoria, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min. + chilling
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 3 quarts fresh strawberries, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Red food coloring, optional
  • 1 deep-dish pastry shell (10 inches), baked
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons instant vanilla pudding mix


  1. In a large bowl, mash enough berries to equal 3 cups. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in mashed berries and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Remove from the heat; add food coloring if desired. Pour into a large bowl. Chill for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is just slightly warm. Fold in the remaining berries. Pile into pastry shell. Chill for 2-3 hours.
  3. In a small bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Sprinkle dry pudding mix over cream and whip until stiff. Pipe around edge of pie or dollop on individual slices. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Sky-High Strawberry Pie in Taste of Home April/May 1994, p31

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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mom2lauren User ID: 7407229 226446
Reviewed May. 17, 2015

"The filling is so tasty. I try to stay away from artificial ingredients so I omitted the food colouring so my filling was not quite as bright red as the photo. The pie sets up well too. I used a 9"pie plate and my filling was no where near as high as the photo but still tastes amazing."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 8807
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2014

"I admit that this was my first time to prepare this pie and I couldn't pile the filling into the baked pie shell! I used a 9" pie shell I'd baked from scratch. I also scaled back on the sugar and cornstarch: 3 Tbsp. cornstarch and 3/4 cup sugar, but kept the water at 2/3 cup.

I wound up with 2 cups of strawberries and instead of placing the filling in a bowl, I cooled it in the saucepan 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. I then added 4 drops of red food coloring and a 3-oz. package of strawberry gelatin. After cooling, I poured the filling into the baked pie shell and chilled the pie almost 2 hours! I did use 1 cup whipped topping and the 4-1/2 tsp. instant pudding (VANILLA) which I blended together with mixing spoon and allowed to chill before topping the pie! I then spread the whipped topping mixture over the set pie filling.
I definitely would say that this recipe is a 5*rated
recipe- I WILL definitely try again with MORE berries to really make the filling high!

chand002 User ID: 3610678 5280
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2013


kawfytawk User ID: 524372 6157
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2011

"I may have done something wrong but it did not set up right for me, very runny...suggestions welcome :O) HOWEVER, I have made this whipped cream for other desserts and always get a standing O...LOVE IT! and Love how easy it is to "whip" up!"

Sarah4444 User ID: 1516331 3410
Reviewed May. 6, 2011

"I made this for a gathering about 5 years ago and I STILL have some of the other guests commenting on how good it was! One of my family's faves. A definite keeper. This is why God created strawberries!!!"

NiseyNisey User ID: 4945535 6289
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2010

"This pie is a family favorite and I've been making it for years. It has such a bright, fresh strawberry taste."

divinity9405 User ID: 4447328 6206
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2009

"I got this recipe years ago, when i got my first taste of home (around 1998) I love it! Its been a family favorite, and what got us hooked onto taste of home! It really is the best strawberry pie i have ever had!"

cabashon User ID: 3146564 8159
Reviewed May. 28, 2008

"This pie is absolutely one of my favorites. I have used it several times! My friends and family beg for it!"

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