Monday, April 21, 2014

Strawberry Cream Pie



What did you bring to Easter dinner?  I made ham, my favorite rolls, deviled eggs, 
and Strawberry Cream Pie. 

I developed this recipe several years ago thanks to my dad. He LOVES strawberries. And he has a summer birthday, so he always asks for strawberry shortcake for his birthday cake.  One summer he tasted a blueberry cream pie I had made using a recipe from a Eugene, OR, Junior League cookbook as my base. My dad suggested that he would like it even more with strawberries.  So, a couple of weeks later I made him a Strawberry Cream Pie for his birthday. 

I love this recipe because it uses such basic ingredients. I will post a recipe for 1 pie. I doubled it to make 2 for Easter Dinner, so my pictures will show larger amounts. (Full recipe is at the end of the post, after the tutorial).


First you need to prepare your pie crusts. Store-bought pie crust works fine for this recipe, but I decided to homemake mine. I used a new recipe from Yesterfood.blogspot.com that uses half butter and half coconut oil. It was GREAT. You can find it here.

Here are the ingredients for the filling. It is truly "as easy as pie," since you just beat everything but the strawberries together, then fold them in.

Here are the topping ingredients. The blueberry cream pie that inspired this one called for chopped nuts on top. I like nuts, but I didn't really like the idea of a nut topping from the start for this pie.  I did the cereal topping the first time I made the pie, and we loved it!
First step: mix together all filling ingredients except strawberries.

Second step: fold in sliced strawberries.

Pour carefully into the pie shell and bake in 400° oven 25 minutes.

While pie is baking, prepare topping by crushing 1 heaping cup of cereal into one heaping half cup. I like to do this using the bottom of a glass in a bowl or measuring cup.

Mix crushed cereal with 2 tablespoons of softened butter and 3 tablespoons of flour.

Spread topping on the pie and return to the oven for 10 more minutes.

It won't look a lot different after baking, but the topping will be crisped up and a bit darker. (My photos didn't capture this well, so you'll have to trust me).




Strawberry Cream Pie
Filling:
1 9-inch unbaked pie crust
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten

Topping: 
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons softened butter
1/2 cup (heaping) crushed Honey Bunches of Oats cereal (1 heaping cup before crushing)

Instructions: 
1. Preaheat oven to 400°.  Set aside pie crust
2. Beat well with electric mixer: sour cream, flour, sugar, vanilla, salt, and egg.
3. Fold in strawberry slices.
4. Pour into pie crust and bake for 25 minutes.
5. Prepare topping while pie is baking: Mix all ingredients using a fork.
6. After pie has baked, spread topping on pie. Return to oven to bake for 10 more minutes.
7. Cool pie on counter at least 1 hour. Refrigerate uncovered until ready to eat. May be made 1 day in advance.






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12 comments:

  1. This looks sooo good! When I get recovered enough to do some baking, this is at the top of the list.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. I wish I was closer--I'd make one and bring it right over!

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  2. Your pies look delicious, and that cereal topping is genius! A Strawberry Cream Pie sounds perfect for this time of year. I am so happy you tried my Coconut Oil Pie Crust and that you liked it- it's my favorite! :)

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  3. Kelly, I meant to invite you to share this (and any other recipes, crafts, ramblings, etc.) at my linky party, Treasure Box Tuesday- going on now! ♥

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    1. Thank you, Joy--for your kind comment and for the invite! Linky is new to me. Hopefully it will be easy to share? I am looking forward to it!

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    2. I joined! Easy peasy! Thanks again. I am enjoying hopping around to all the participating blogs!

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    3. You did perfectly, and I'm so glad you joined the party! We love to share as many of the link ups as we can...pinned! ♥

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  4. This sounds delicious I will have to try it.. This is Emily from Fred Meyer

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  5. This sounds delicious I will have to try it.. This is Emily from Fred Meyer

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  6. Cream and strawberries in a pie - gotta be good - thanks for sharing!

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  7. Um, this looks really good. I actually have everything to make this except sour cream. Do you think greek yogurt would work? Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Greek yogurt should work great. I think my mother-in-law made it that way once. Enjoy!

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