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Strawberry Pie – Southern style with no added artificial colours or flavours.

Strawberry Pie. Southern style with no artificial colours or flavours. Why interfere with the sweet natural flavour of summer ripe strawberries?

Strawberry Pie, Southern style with no artificial colours or flavours

Strawberry Pie, Southern style with no artificial colours or flavours.

I’ve been wanting to try making a Strawberry Pie like this for quite a while now but I always seem to miss out on the local strawberry season. The ripe season for strawberries comes to Newfoundland in early July rather than June in the rest of Atlantic Canada and other parts of the country.

Last week I saw my cousin Eileen post on Facebook photos from her annual pilgrimage to Anna Mae’s Bakery and Restaurant.

It’s near St. Jacobs Ontario, and they are famous for their seasonal strawberry pie. I determined I was not going to miss out this year.

Our strawberries are still not in season quite yet. That’s no doubt the consequence of one of the coldest Springs I can remember in these parts.

Fresh strawberries close up photo.

Fresh ripe perfect strawberries.

Some have arrived on our supermarket shelves from nearby Nova Scotia though, so I seized the opportunity while I could.

I have sampled quite a few versions of this pie over the years, especially in my extensive travels throughout the southern states. It’s quite common to see in small diners or restaurants and even larger chains like Shoney’s.

Many of them have been cloyingly sweet, ruining the flavour of the fresh strawberries. Every one of them seemed to use artificially flavoured and coloured strawberry gelatine powder in the recipe.

I believe this goes way back to a recipe that I seem to recall being printed on inserts or on the back of Jello packages back in the 70’s. Who knows how much earlier it appeared there. 

Strawberry Pie, Southern style with no artificial colours or flavours

Strawberry Pie, Southern style with no artificial colours or flavours

Strawberry Pie in a more natural state.

I always prefer the real thing to anything artificial so I set out to make a version that didn’t use flavoured gelatine powder at all. Most of the recipes online are practically copies of each other. 

I wanted to offer the version as something different, especially for folks who are sensitive or allergic to some of these chemicals.

Usually a  gelatine syrup is made out of sugar and strawberry Jello powder as most of the online recipes instruct. I chopped fresh berries and cooked them down enough to release their natural juices.

Then I added unflavoured gelatine to that, as well as the corn starch that is also used in practically every other recipe. Once cooled it was mixed with fresh sliced strawberries as usual to make the filling.

My finished pie was not overly sweet at all and all of the fresh strawberry flavour was present in abundance. Our family and neighbours thought it was delish! Success! 

Make one for your next summer BBQ or get together. I’ll be enjoying it next on Canada Day tomorrow.

It makes a terrific choice for the 4th of July as well. Just thrown on a few blueberries to garnish the cream in honour of the red white and blue.

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Strawberry Pie, Southern style with no artificial colours or flavours
Yield: 10 Servings

Strawberry Pie

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Strawberry Pie - Southern style with no artificial colours or flavours. Why interfere with the sweet natural flavour of summer ripe strawberries?

Ingredients

For the pastry (makes 2 pie shells)

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4  cup very cold butter
  • 1/4 cup very cold shortening, (you can use additional butter if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup ice water

For the strawberry filling

  • 2 tsp unflavoured geletine powder, (stirred into 1/4 cup cold water)
  • 6 cups sliced strawberries, (Divided in 2 halves)
  • 3/4 cup sugar, ( use up to 1 1/4 cups if you prefer it sweeter)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp  corn starch, ( dissolved in 1/4 cup water)

For the Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 rounded tablespoons icing sugar, (powdered sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

To prepare the pastry

  1. Using a food processor or a pastry blender cut cold butter & shortening into flour and salt until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Small pieces of butter should still be visible.
  2. Pour cold water over the mixture and work in by tossing with a fork until dough begins to form. Use your hands as little as possible and work the dough as little as possible.
  3. Divide dough into 2 balls, flatten into 2 rounds, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to rest for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can freeze the second round for another time.
  4. You can make your dough the previous day but make sure you take it out of the fridge for 10 -20 minutes to warm slightly before rolling out.
  5. Roll the dough into a 12 inch round and place in the bottom of a 9 or 10 inch pie plate.
  6. Trim and flute the edges as desired.
  7. Poke a few holes in the bottom of the pastry shell, rest in the refrigerator for an additional 20 minutes before baking at 400 degrees F for 12 – 15 minutes or until golden brown. ( Alternatively you can blind bake the pie shell using baking weights if you prefer.)
  8. Cool completely before adding the filling.

To prepare the filling

  1. Add the gelatine to the 1/4 cup cold water and set aside for a few minutes until needed.
  2. Add 3 cups of the sliced strawberries, the sugar and 1/4 cup water to a small saucepan and simmer for only a few minutes until the strawberries have release most of their juice.
  3. Dissolve the corn starch in the 1/4 cup of water and stir into the simmering strawberries.
  4. Stir constantly for 2 to three minutes while the strawberry mixture thickens.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the gelatine mixture until it is fully dissolved.
  6. Allow to cool to almost room temperature before stirring in the 3 cups of fresh sliced berries.
  7. Pour into the baked pie shell and refrigerate for several hours or overnight until set.

To Prepare the Vanilla Whipped Cream

  1. Simply beat all of the ingredients together with an electric mixer until firm peaks form.
  2. Use the cream to garnish the pie or add a dollop of it to the top of the pie when serving.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Amount Per Serving Calories 326Saturated Fat 10gCholesterol 51mgSodium 188mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 2gSugar 20gProtein 3g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.


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Gary Allen

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

I love your site except, to much bull shit to get through to the items I want. Do you not have control of any of this site?

Charmaine

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

Can we substitute gelatine for any vegetarian options...

James Gordy

Sunday 28th of June 2020

Made it it came out very soupy

Lisa MacPherson

Thursday 28th of June 2018

so there are three separate 1/4 cups of water in the recipe one for the geletine, one for the cornstarch and one for the cooking strawberries, is this correct because the recipe only says the one 1/4 cup water

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 2nd of July 2018

Yes, 1/4 cup of water is mentioned and used 3 times.

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