Sunday, July 3, 2011

Glazed Strawberry Pie with Shortbread Crust

My aunt made a pie like this on my recent trip to the southland (when you live in North Bay, Ohio is the southland) and I thought it would be even better with a shortbread crust. Sort of a tart meets pie meets shortcake kind of thing. Of course, you could just use a pre-baked or pre-made pie shell and be done a whole lot faster. The great thing about this recipe is that you don't cook the berries, giving that juicy fresh berry taste bursting in every bite. So, a big thanks to my aunt for the filling recipe. And be sure to savour every bite because a pie like this only comes around once a year.

INGREDIENTS
Shortbread crust
- 6¾ - 7 oz oz all purpose flour (conversion chart)
- 3 oz icing sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 5½ oz cold Earth Balance margarine

METHOD
1. Sift flour, icing sugar, and salt into a bowl, then cut in margarine and work into a crumbly dough. Add more flour if too wet, or a few drops of oil if too dry.
2. Press mixture into a 9" pie pan. Cover the pie plate in plastic, and refrigerate for 30 mins.
3. Preheat oven to 375. When crust has cooled, prick the bottom and sides many times with a fork. Bake for 15- 20 mins, until a light golden brown all over. Remove and let cool. Make the filling.

INGREDIENTS
Filling
- 6 cups fresh whole strawberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 cup water

METHOD
1. Mash enough of the berries to measure 1 cup. Place remaining berries in a large bowl.
2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar and cornstarch, then gradually whisk in water and then crushed berries.
3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute.
4. Cool for 10 mins, then pour over berries and gently turn to coat. Transfer to cooled pie crust and chill at least 3 hours or until set.

22 comments:

Jill said...

This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it!!

The Charity Shop Fairy said...

Mmmm, I love fresh fruit tarts! I made one last year with peaches, strawberries, bananas, kiwis and mushed up apricot glaze. I would add a layer of pastry cream/custard cream (not sure what you call it over there!) under the fruit though, for maximum gallic opulence!

Alessandra said...

Nice and bright, and the pastry looks good too :-)

Quorlia said...

Now for me that sort of pie needs a sort of custard or cream base between the strawberries and the shortbread.

Lynn said...

Ooh, you could add some dabs of whipped topping and a handful of blueberries for Independence Day!

umbrellalady said...

That beautiful pie just looks like summer and sounds like I will have to make it.

kidlitblog said...

Oooh--thank you! I'm going to make it right now for our fireworks picnic tonight!

nothanksimavegan said...

This looks incredible, I love fruit based puddings, and I've been looking for a shortbread recipe for ages :)

Teddy Rose said...

Your making my mouth water!

jomasterson11 said...

...
every dad should learn how to make this!

yummy and vegan!
perfect!

Amanda said...

I'm making this tonight!

Carnavales en las tablas said...

Now for me that sort of pie needs a sort of custard or cream base between the strawberries and the shortbread.

clasificados gratis

shannonmarie said...

The strawberries in that pie look so perfect ... perfectly delicious!

Vegan Dad said...

That cream idea sounds wonderful.

Kirsten said...

Holy cow! Now THAT is a pie.

Teddy Rose said...

I had to have it, so I made it. It disappeared really fast! Thanks so much for the recipe! I topped it with vegan coconut milk whipped cream.

Sam said...

There is only one word for this: WANT!

Anne said...

Just made this for a potluck dinner this weekend. Everybody loved it!!!!

Diz said...

I've just made a version of this with tiny plums (intolerant of strawberries) and a layer of custard under the fruit. Delicious!

Britt Britt said...

Vegandad, your crust was perfect. I made this for a group dinner and NO ONE ever suspected it was vegan...so delicious. Thanks for a good one.

Kyra said...

This looks delightful! Gotta give it a try!

Don't Get Mad Get Vegan! said...

As a kid, I always requested a strawberry pie for my birthday in lieu of cake. It was the local family restaurant that supplied it and it was gelatin-laden, I'm sure. As an adult and vegan I just sort of gave up strawberry pie, but seeing this has inspired me to enjoying one of my most favorite desserts of all time, and cruelty-free! Thank you so much for posting!