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Sky-High Strawberry Pie

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min. + chilling


10 servings

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 requests to bring it to gatherings. —Janet Mooberry, Peoria, Illinois
Sky-High Strawberry Pie Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 quarts fresh strawberries, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Red food coloring, optional
  • 1 deep-dish pie crust (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 pie crust. 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.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 350 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 82mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • _nlfPA
    Jun 1, 2019

    With strawberry season just a matter of days away. My family will be anxiously awaiting until I make it. It never lasts long at our house!

  • debgrin
    Apr 23, 2019

    So tasty! I baked the pie shell, made the strawberry filling , and whipped cream the night before. The day of I put it all together. So delicious! Will make it again!

  • spikexyz
    Feb 19, 2018

    This looks like a superb pie but even with strawberries on sale at $2,50/pint, it would cost around $18-19 to make this pie. A little steep for me.

  • mom2lauren
    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
    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*ratedrecipe- I WILL definitely try again with MORE berries to really make the filling high!delowenstein

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    Jul 3, 2013


  • kawfytawk
    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
    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
    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
    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!