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Best Ever Fresh Strawberry Pie

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour + chilling Cook: 10 min. + chilling

Makes

8 servings

Next time you get a pint or two of perfectly ripe strawberries, make my favorite pie. It combines fresh berries and a lemony cream cheese layer. If you’re in a hurry, use a pre-made pie shell. —Janet Leach, Granger, Washington
Best Ever Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons 2% milk
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 6 cups fresh strawberries, hulled (about 2 pounds)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon butter

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add vinegar and milk, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into a disk; wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Trim crust to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425°.
  3. Line crust with a double thickness of foil. Fill with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice. Bake on a lower oven rack 20-25 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove foil and weights; bake 3-6 minutes longer or until bottom is golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. In a bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, lemon zest and extract until blended. Spread carefully onto bottom of crust. Refrigerate while preparing topping.
  5. Place strawberries in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, salt and water until blended; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer or until thickened and clear. Remove from heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Stir in butter. Pour over strawberries, tossing gently to coat. Arrange over filling. Refrigerate 4 hours or until set.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 564 calories, 27g fat (10g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 359mg sodium, 75g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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