|Summer’s delicious bounty!|
Although we have fresh Strawberries year-round in Oxnard, the summer varieties are far sweeter & we can never get enough of them! The contrast between the tartness of the Cream Cheese and the sweetness of the berries makes this pie destined to become one of your favorites. I created this recipe many years ago and I’ve always used Strawberries, but I think it would be equally delicious with Peaches or Blueberries.
Fresh Strawberry and Cream Cheese Pie
Clean and hull 3 Pints fresh Strawberries.
Reserve 20 – 25 of the most perfect ones.
Chop the rest into small pieces. Set aside 1/2 cup of chopped Strawberries.)
Bake and cool a single pie crust according to recipe (or package) directions. I have to admit to using a frozen Marie Callender’s crust – I know, a collective gasp just resounded across the blogosphere! My favorite homemade crust comes from the Baked Boys.
Cream Cheese Filling
While the crust is cooling, whip together:
4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/3 cup Sugar
Spread Cream Cheese mixture into the bottom of the baked, cooled pie crust.
Scatter reserved chopped Strawberries over Cream Cheese layer.
Then, arrange whole Strawberries over the top.
In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, cook:
Remaining chopped Strawberries
2/3 cup Sugar
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch dissolved in 1/3 cup Water.
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
Continue to cook, stirring often until sauce thickens and clears (5 – 8 minutes)
Remove from heat and smash Strawberries with a potato masher.
It’s up to you how rustic you want your pie to be. If you’re making it for company, or a special occasion, you may want to pass the sauce through a sieve.
Allow sauce to cool completely, then pour over prepared pie, using a spatula to encourage it to slide down between the Strawberries.
Refrigerate for at least one hour.
|Ready for the topping|
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