Creamy Luscious Strawberry Cream Pie

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Strawberry Cream Pie! My most favorite way to eat strawberries and yet, can you believe it, I haven't made one in years?

I don't have a clue where I originally found this recipe but it was found a long, long time ago - in the olden days when I would transfer every new recipe I tried and liked to a recipe card and never thought to write down where I found it.

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At one point, the card mysteriously disappeared, but fortunately I had shared it with a friend who was kind enough to write out the ingredients for me. And this is the way I found it in my files this morning! No instructions because of course, I KNEW how to put them together and I told her not to bother with the instructions. Ha! Not any more do I remember the instructions. But, custards are custards and I used the technique from on of my other custard recipes and it worked just great.

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This is just NOT the way to keep a treasured recipe! I do a much better job of it now and intend sometime this month to share a few of my cool organizing tips so you will be able to find all your favorite recipes quickly and easily.

A couple notes about the recipe. Basically it is a luscious, creamy, sweet cream and milk custard topped with sliced fresh strawberries and a freshly made strawberry glaze. The custard is so yummy and sometimes when I would make the children Cream Puffs, I would add a bit more sugar - up to 3/4 cup - and use it for the filling.

I have never found another Strawberry Cream Pie recipe like it. And an on-line search only revealed recipes using cream cheese or vanilla pudding mix and sour cream. I did find a banana strawberry cream pie on the BHG site that is made with a sweet custard. Links are included at the end of the post for all these versions.

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Strawberry Cream Pie

You will need one 8" or 9" baked pie shell

ingredients: for the filling

1/2 cup sugar

3 Tablespoons cornstarch

3 Tablespoons all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups whole milk

1 egg, slightly beaten

1/2 cup whipping cream

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


ingredients: for topping

2 1/2 to 3 pint baskets fresh ripe strawberries

1 cup water

3/4 cup sugar

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

few drops red food coloring if desired

 

To make the custard:

1. Mix together in a sauce pan, the sugar, cornstarch, flour, salt. Add the milk and whisk the milk and the sugar mixture together thoroughly.

2. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue boiling and stirring for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

3. Add a few tablespoon of the hot milk mixture (one at a time) to the beaten egg, whisking vigorously. Then return the egg/milk mixture to the saucepan, beating constantly. Return to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, for two minutes.

4. Remove from heat, pour into a heat proof bowl, cover the surface with plastic film and allow to cool. (I place my bowl in cold water but only do this if you are using a metal bowl). Once the custard is room temperature, place in the fridge until cold.

5. Whip the whipping cream until stiff. Loosen the custard by stirring and then fold in the whipped cream. Return to the fridge until ready to use.

NOTE: The custard is quite firm. What I do is break it down with a spoon, stir in the whipped cream and then finish mixing with a whisk.

 

To make the topping:

1. Place one pint berries and 1 cup water into a saucepan. Mash the berries slightly. (I use a potato masher)

2. Bring to boil and cook the berry/water mixture for about two minutes. Run the hot mixture through a sieve to remove seeds and pulp but be careful of your fingers - don't burn!

NOTE: Try not to press too much pulp through the sieve and into the juice. Pulp particles will prevent your glaze from becoming clear, but it won't hurt the taste at all.

3. Mix the sugar and cornstarch together and then add to the berry juice and whisk til smooth.

4. Cook mixture over medium heat until it boils. Continue cooking and whisking for about 2 minutes. Mixture should become almost clear and thicken.

5. Remove from heat and stir in food coloring if you are using it. Set aside to cool slightly. Mixture should still be warm but not hot.

 

Assemble pie:

1. Place the chilled custard filling in the cooled pie crust.

2. Slice the remaining berries in half and arrange, cut side down on the top of the custard. Try to cover as much of the custard surface as possible! The more berries the better I always say!

3. Carefully spoon the warm, glaze over the berries and custard making certain to completely cover both.

4. Place the pie in the fridge several hours.

Enjoy!

 

Here are the links I promised! I prefer the sweet cream custard, but if you enjoy sour cream or cream cheese here are a few options.

Strawberry Cream Pie  Made with cream cheese

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie Made with cream cheese and sour cream

Strawberry Cream Pie (with pudding mix and sour cream)

Strawberry Banana Cream Pie from BHG. This one reminds me of my most favorite Banana Strawberry Sundae at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor. Can't get them anymore so maybe I will try the pie!

Strawberry season is late this year, but it is well worth waiting to make my Strawberry Cream Pie until berries are ripe and luscious. Early "strawberries" in the super market designed to have a long shelf life are NOT the best choice for this dessert. Once local berries are ripe, make this yummy pie and let me know what you think!

This my friend, is the best

This my friend, is the best pie I've ever made. I'm usually just a strawberry and jello pie person, but decided to step it up without going the cheesecake route. So amazing. I added the pulp back on top of the custard then added the glaze. Added a little jello mix because I made two pies and just now ate it. So amazing

Oh my! I have got to try the

Oh my! I have got to try the cream cheese version with blueberries. YUM

Mmm, this pie has my number!

Mmm, this pie has my number! I recently made a pie with the last of my frozen berries from last season, and I too found that most recipes call for cream cheese and the like. Many also asked for Jell-O, which I love, but generally try to keep outta my pies! I love the idea of custard, NOM-NOM! I'll be bookmarking this for strawberry season. xoxo

This looks delicious!! I

This looks delicious!! I love strawberries, but I've never had a pie like this, going to save the recipe. Fresh berries are the best, I used to grow them but gave up fighting with the chipmunks for each harvest.

Looks totally delicious!

Looks totally delicious!

Looks like a delicious pie.

Looks like a delicious pie. I've had some strawberry pies that were only the strawberries and "gel" but didn't really care for the taste. Sometimes it's fun trying different recipes until you hit on the right one for you and your family.

I have to admit that I am horrible about keeping my recipes organized. Just like everything else in my house lol. My favorite recipes that I use over and over are clipped to the side of the refrigerator.

Oh my heavenliness.... will

Oh my heavenliness.... will have to try this! And how beautiful are those recipes?! I have an old tin recipe box full of recipes I've never had time to read. Summer is a great time to get these out and relive some family memories! Cheers, Pam!

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