Simply Strawberry Pie! A fresh, made-from-scratch strawberry pie that is low in sugar! The natural flavor and sweetness of the strawberries really shine in this delicious dessert!

Who else is eating their weight in fresh berries right now?!

Around here we can’t get enough! It’s typical for our family to polish off a two-pound container of strawberries or blueberries in one sitting! There’s nothing better than sitting outside, eating berries {i.e. nature’s candy}, and enjoying the summer breeze!

Our second favorite way to eat berries {besides an natural} is baked into a pie! This delicious & simple fresh Strawberry Pie is one of our favorites! It’s made completely from scratch and is low in sugar, so the natural sweetness and flavor of the strawberries really shine!

Simply Strawberry Pie! A fresh, made-from-scratch strawberry pie that is low in sugar! The natural flavor and sweetness of the strawberries really shine in this delicious dessert!

I love making homemade pie. Not only is the entire process therapeutic {mixing, rolling, shaping, etc.}, but the flavor of a freshly made-from-scratch pie just can’t be beat. When I make varieties filled with fresh fruit, like this Strawberry Pie, I always opt for an all-butter pie crust. The rich, slightly sweet, salty, buttery flavor of the crust compliments the fruit so well you won’t be able to resist sneaking a piece {or two}!

Simply Strawberry Pie: Method

It may look like this pie has a million steps to follow, but trust me when I say that they’re all super straightforward! It is actually a fairly simple recipe to make! I shared some of my “pie-making must haves” in this Apple Crumble Pie recipe post…so check that out for some extra guidance {and add it to your list of delicious recipes to make this year}! If you do not have a food processor, you can cut the butter into the dry mixture by hand or with a fork/pastry cutter!

If you want to make this recipe even simpler, you could use a store-bought pie crust and just make the filling. However,making your own crust tastes SO much better and is absolutely worth the few extra minutes of work! Trust me!

Simply Strawberry Pie! A fresh, made-from-scratch strawberry pie that is low in sugar! The natural flavor and sweetness of the strawberries really shine in this delicious dessert!

Simply Strawberry Pie: Substitutions 

As always I recommend making the recipe exactly as written {do I sound like a broken record saying this every time I post a recipe}?! LOL! But here are a few potential substitutions!

Strawberries: Ok it might sound silly to say you can substitute the strawberries in a recipe called “Simply Strawberry Pie!” But really, you can use any type of berry in this recipe with amazing results. I recommend using fresh berries, but if you only have frozen on hand make sure to thaw them first! Also, you may need to adjust the amount of sugar depending on the sweetness of your berries!

All-purpose flour: I have substituted gluten-free all-purpose flour in this recipe with decent results! I still prefer regular flour, but if you cannot eat gluten it is definitely a delicious option!

Granulated sugar: Really, any granulated sugar will work here {coconut, raw, turbinado, etc.}! I usually use organic sugar, but feel free to use your favorite variety! I do not bake with sugar substitutes {splenda, stevia, etc.} so I cannot guarantee success if those are used. However if you’d like to experiment please only use sweeteners that are made to be a 1:1 replacement for regular sugar.

Butter: if you follow a vegan diet or can’t eat dairy you can use a vegan butter substitute like Earth’s Balance!

Those are the only ingredients I’d “give permission” to tamper with! I always use instant tapioca as a thickener in my fruit pies {NOTE: this recipe calls for instant tapioca, NOT tapioca pudding}!!! The taste and texture truly can’t be beat, so I do not recommend making substitutions for it!

Simply Strawberry Pie! A fresh, made-from-scratch strawberry pie that is low in sugar! The natural flavor and sweetness of the strawberries really shine in this delicious dessert!

Simply Strawberry Pie

Total Time: 5 hours

Yield: 1 - 10" Pie (Serves 10)

Ingredients

Instructions

    For the crust:
  1. Put dry crust ingredients in the pan of a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, pulse to combine.
  2. Add butter and ¼ cup ice cold water and pulse until the dough just holds together when pinched.  If necessary, add more water 1 TBS at a time.  Do not process more than 30 seconds.
  3. Turn the dough onto your work surface and gather into a ball.   Divide the dough in half, flattening each half into a disk, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least one hour, and up to one day, before using.
  4. Place ½ of the dough on floured surface and roll into a 12” circle (you may need to let it rest for a few minutes to soften enough to roll it).
  5. Transfer to glass pie plate and store covered in fridge until ready to use. Repeat with the rest of the dough and form into your desired top shape (lattice, cookie cutter shapes, etc.). Put all of the dough in the refrigerator as you move on to making the filling.
  6. For the strawberry filling:
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  8. In a small bowl mix together sugar, tapioca and salt, set aside.
  9. In a large bowl mix together strawberries, lemon juice and vanilla.  Add the sugar mixture to the strawberries and gently stir to combine. 
  10. Putting it together:
  11. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust. Then place your prepared top crust and on the top of the strawberry filling.
  12. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and cream and lightly brush the entire pie crust with the egg wash.
  13. Cover your crust with a pie crust shield or aluminum foil (or both).
  14. Bake on the lower rack in your preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  15. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake the pie for an additional 35 - 45 minutes or until the crust is a deep golden brown and the juices are bubbling and thick. (You may want to place a baking sheet on the rack underneath your pie to catch any juicy strawberry drippings that might escape during baking)!
  16. Place the baked pie on a wire rack to cool for at least 3 hours.  Serve at room temperature!
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Simply Strawberry Pie! A fresh, made-from-scratch strawberry pie that is low in sugar! The natural flavor and sweetness of the strawberries really shine in this delicious dessert!

#Eat Seasonal June

This Simply Strawberry Pie is brought to you as part of one of my favorite times of the month…our Eat Seasonal recipe group! Every month an amazing group of bloggers join together to encourage all of our wonderful readers to eat seasonally!

My sweet friend Becky over at The Vintage Mixer posts seasonal produce guides every month to showcase the beautiful fruits and vegetables that are fresh and available to cook and bake with! Check out her June Seasonal Produce Guide to learn what’s in season {hello strawberries}!

So here it is…a treasure trove of beautiful recipes that are perfect to make in June from some seriously talented bloggers! Click on the links below for some spring cooking inspiration! Join in the fun by tagging your photos with #eatseasonal!

Chunky Citrus Guacamole by Foodie Crush

Cherry Rolls by Kitchen Confidante

Pimento Cheese Spread with Pickled Green Garlic, Radishes, and Rhubarb by Food for My Family

French Green Lentil and Quinoa Salad by Letty’s Kitchen

Simply Strawberry Pie by Joy Food Sunshine

Greek Three Bean Salad by Flavor the Moments

Strawberry Lime Chopped Salad by Vintage Mixer

Cherry-Rhubarb Pie Bars by Floating Kitchen

Roasted Strawberry Yogurt Pops by Completely Delicious

Rhubarb & Orange Frangipane Galette by Simple Bites

Minty Sweet Pea Hummus by She Likes Food

What are you looking forward to cooking or baking in the month of June?!

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