Delight your senses with the essence of summer embodied in Big Boy’s Fresh Strawberry Pie. This recipe is a celebration of plump, juicy strawberries nestled in a flaky crust and adorned with a cloud of whipped cream. Whether for a special occasion or just to savor the season’s bounty, this pie is a delightful indulgence.
For the Pie Crust:
- 1 pre-made pie crust (or your favorite homemade crust)
For the Strawberry Filling:
- 4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Red food coloring (optional, for a more vibrant color)
For the Whipped Cream Topping:
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Prepare the Pie Crust: If using a pre-made pie crust, follow the package instructions for blind baking or bake the crust until it’s golden brown. If using a homemade crust, prepare and bake it according to your recipe.
Prepare the Strawberry Filling:
- In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Gradually add the water while whisking to create a smooth mixture.
- Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and becomes clear.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and a few drops of red food coloring, if using, until the color is vibrant.
- Gently fold the halved strawberries into the cooked filling mixture until they are well coated.
Assemble the Pie: 5. Pour the strawberry filling into the pre-baked pie crust, spreading it evenly.
Chill: 6. Place the pie in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2-3 hours, or until the filling is set, and the pie is cooled.
Prepare the Whipped Cream Topping: 7. In a mixing bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.
Serve: 8. Just before serving, spread the whipped cream over the top of the strawberry filling. You can pipe the whipped cream for a decorative touch.
Slice and Enjoy: 9. Slice into the Big Boy’s Fresh Strawberry Pie and relish the burst of summer flavors in every delicious bite.
This pie is not just a dessert; it’s a celebration of the season’s bounty and a testament to the joy that fresh strawberries bring. Indulge and savor the sweetness of summer encapsulated in each luscious slice!