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Strawberry Cream Pie

I found this recipe in a very old cookbook and made it for a family picnic. The pie was gone in no time. It's a perfect summertime treat.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, optional
  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, optional
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup crushed strawberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, halved
  • Whipped cream, optional

Directions

  • Cover bottom of pie shell with nuts if desired; set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, flour and salt; gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat and stir a small amount into egg; return all to the saucepan. Cook and stir until almost bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 1-2 minutes more (do not boil). Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and almond extract if desired. Cool to room temperature. Whip cream; fold into filling. Pour into pie shell. Chill for at least 2 hours.
  • About 2 hours before serving, prepare glaze. Combine crushed strawberries and water in a large saucepan; cook for 2 minutes. Combine sugar and cornstarch; gradually stir into the berries. Cook until thick and clear, stirring constantly. Strain. Cool for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, arrange berry halves over filling; pour glaze evenly over berries. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Garnish with whipped cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 336 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 292mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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