Strawberry Pie

Fresh strawberries mounded high in a rich, buttery crust. A little (or big) slice of DELICIOUS.

Every summer, since Ellia turned one, we have had a big birthday bash to celebrate our kids! First it was just for Ellia, then for Ellia & Greta, and for the past two years it’s been for all three girls. We’ve had seven different themes, ranging from polka dots to zoo animals to butterflies to bumblebees to princesses to a backyard picnic and, most recently, a  Red, White & Blue Garden Party. If we decide to do it again this year, it will be our eighth year in a row…..and…..we will have a brand new baby!

Of course, it wouldn’t be the first year we had a new baby…..after all, ALL of our kids have summer birthdays! But there is something particularly daunting about trying to plan a birthday bash with four kids….one of whom is a newborn!! I’ve gone back and forth in my mind, weighing the pros and cons of each decision. The pros, of course, are that we get to see everyone we love in one place, our kids get the fun of a special birthday party, and I get the fun of planning another party! (I really do find it fun…)

The cons? Well….the stress of planning a party! Even though I love to do it, the truth is, it’s stressful! Not to mention the time it takes to get ready for it, the cost, and the amount of new STUFF that comes into our house….! I am really torn. On the one hand, I can’t imagine thinking it’s a good idea. And on the other hand, I can’t imagine not having a summer birthday bash! That means Nora only got two parties, instead of the 7 that Ellia got? I’ll never hear the end of it! Aggghhhh!!!

Am I overthinking it?? Maybe I need to focus on something simpler…like all the delicious food I get to eat when we have a party! I am lucky to have awesome friends and family who bring things to help out….like appetizers and salads and, of course, DESSERTS! This Strawberry Pie is my mom’s signature dessert. She has been making it since we were kids, and it’s probably the most requested dessert at any family function!

Looking at it, you can see why!! It’s packed to the brim with fresh, whole strawberries and a thick, gooey glaze. But what really makes the pie is the crust. I can’t believe I’m saying that, because I’m usually not a crust person…..but there’s something about the crust on this pie that’s to die for! It’s so rich and buttery….almost like shortbread….and without it, the pie just wouldn’t be the same!

So I guess what I’m saying is maybe there will be a party, after all. We need to celebrate our kids’ 8th, 6th, and 3rd birthdays….and at that point, there may still be some people who haven’t even met the baby! Why not celebrate with the people we love?? And……with the pie we love???

5.0 from 2 reviews
Strawberry Pie
 
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Ingredients
Crust
  • ½ c. (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 c. flour
Filling
  • 2 c. water
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 (6 oz.) package strawberry jell-o
  • 3 quarts strawberries, cleaned and de-stemmed
  • *If you are using a shallow or smaller pie plate, you will need fewer strawberries and less glaze.
Instructions
Crust
  1. Mix butter, sugar, and flour and press into a greased deep pie plate. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
Filling
  1. Bring water, sugar, and cornstarch to a boil, stirring, until thick and clear.
  2. Add strawberry jell-o; mix well and cool.
  3. Fold in strawberries.
  4. Pour into pie shell.
  5. Store in refrigerator until set; serve with whipped cream.

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Comments

    • Cathy Trochelman says

      Thanks, Jess! It is definitely best with fresh, hand picked strawberries! I need to make strawberry picking happen this summer!!

  1. Betty Daniels says

    If you do have a party, do you want me to bring the pie? I’ll even make one for you if you decide not to have a party.
    Great pictures as always. I LOVE THIS PIE!!!!!!!

  2. Meaghan Voigt says

    If you don’t have the party, will Betty make ME a pie, too? Seriously, I love you, your family, your parties and all of the food….but, your mom’s pie is TO. DIE. FOR. I dream about that pie.

    • Cathy Trochelman says

      Thanks, Chris? It’s that point in the year where you start to wonder if summer will EVER come…..(or is that just me?)

  3. says

    I just bought strawberries over the weekend and made triple berry jam. Love it when strawberry season approaches! All your strawberry recipes looks amazing!

    • Cathy Trochelman says

      Triple Berry Jam sounds delicious, Brooke! Thanks so much for your sweet comment….I am a strawberry lover and can’t wait till they are in season!

    • Cathy Trochelman says

      I LOVE your thinking, Julie! You’re so right!! When Nora was a newborn we went super simple and had a lovely princess party without going overboard. I totally need to keep it low key!

    • Cathy Trochelman says

      Thanks, Tanya! My mom always piles them HIGH….and I wanted mine to be the same. Before I knew it I was at 3 quarts and wasn’t looking back!

    • Cathy Trochelman says

      Thanks, Jenny! ME TOO!! I’m really hoping to pick our own this year….they are so much better fresh from the vine!

  4. Lucinda says

    This is very similar to a strawberry pie recipe that I have been making for years! The glaze is so much better than that store bought stuff! My recipe however only calls for 1 cup of sugar and i’ve even cut it down to 3/4′s and it’s still plenty sweet!

  5. says

    Cathy, congratulations with the new baby coming this summer! I love your idea of throwing a party every year with different themes. Now, you’ve motivated me to start thinking about that… it’s never too late, right?! Loving this pie action, too! :)

  6. Rickie says

    Strawberries are plentiful here in sw florida….made the pie today, it looks amazing and can’t wait to serve it this evening for desert with the family!

  7. Louise says

    I would to make it, but I want to know if you put 2 cups of sugar in your filling. This is not too sweet with the jell-o.

    Thanks you for your answer.

    • Cathy Trochelman says

      Hi Louise,
      I did use 2 c. of sugar and did not find it excessively sweet, but you could definitely use less! Because I used such a deep pie plate, I ended up using 3 quarts of strawberries and doubling the amount of filling I would normally use. With fewer strawberries, you need less filling, which automatically would be less sugar. BUT….feel free to cut back on the sugar either way if you would like to. Hope this helps!
      Cathy

  8. elaine says

    wow. you could use blueberries or raspberries or blackberries in that pie if you wanted to. Just change the fruit and change the flavor of the jello. You could even pour in a layer of custard first then add the glazed fruit on top of it.

  9. Jessica says

    I’m so excited to make this! How far in advance do you usually make it? I don’t want the crust to get soggy but it’s nice to be prepped early if possible.

  10. Nancy says

    Hi Cathy,

    I just put the pie in the fridge to set. How many hours do you typically wait before cutting into it? (can you tell how excited I am to have a slice??? lol) :)

    Thanks!

  11. Hilary says

    I tried this for mother’s day and it was delicious! Everyone loved it. I was afraid it would be too sweet or artificial tasting due to the strawberry jello, but it was fantastic. And so beautiful, too! A real showstopper. I added some grated lemon zest to the crust and it was a nice touch too. Thanks for a great recipe that will definitely be part of my permanent collection!

  12. Kimberly Patterson says

    I am new to pinterest. I was just browsing when I saw your pie I will be trying this weekend.

  13. Lakey says

    I just made this pie, next time I will scoop the berry filling mixture into my pie pan, I had filling over flowing EVERYWHERE!! Lucky I had done it over a towel and had lots of helping fingers to scoop it up (and eat it).

  14. Susan Pollard says

    I love this recipe SO much! The crust also a major hit. I made the strawberry in the spring and last week wanted to make it again but the strawberries were awful in the store so I substituted for raspberries. Wow… It was amazing. ThankYOU for sharing. I love to bake and cook and I must say this is my most perfect pie recipe ever!
    Pleas continue to share :-)

  15. [email protected] says

    Love this pie! Made it today and can’t wait to make it for my friends. Next time I will use a bit less sugar as I did find it a touch too seet. The presentation is amazing!

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