How to Use This Handy Tool and an Ordinary Straw to Make a Strawberry Pie in 15 Minutes



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Includes Suggestions for Whipped Cream Toppings

Even if you’ve never made a pie before, you can make a strawberry pie in 15 minutes. There are four easy steps.

Step #1: Mix the Dough.

Prep time: 2 minutes

Use a just-add-water pie crust mix.  Mix in a stand-type mixer just until the dough ball comes together.

Step #2: Form and Bake the Crust.

Prep time: 4 minutes

Roll the dough on a lightly floured counter to a scant 1/4-inch thickness.  (You can measure the thickness by sticking a toothpick into the dough.)

Lay the pie pan on the dough and cut a circle with a knife one-inch margin all around.

Place the dough circle in the pan and press it to fit the pan. Fold the extruding dough “out and under” to form a protruding ridge around the pie around the exterior, trimming as needed. Form the edge of the crust as shown.

Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork and cover the bottom with pie weights or beans to keep bubbles from forming.  Bake for at 400 degrees for about ten minutes or until it just starts to turn gold.

Step #3: Hull and Slice the Berries.

Prep time: 6 minutes

While the pie shell is baking, prepared the strawberries. 

Use a stiff plastic straw to hull your berries.  McDonald’s straws are perfect.  Push the straw through the bottom of the strawberry and out the top to remove the hull and stem.

Use a strawberry slicer to slice your berries. 

Step #4: Spoon on the Glaze.

Prep time: 2 minutes

Spoon the glaze over the berries and place your pie in the refrigerator to chill.  You’re done. Serve with whipped cream.

Get What You Need

Topping Your Pie with Whipped Cream

Use one cup of extra heavy (try to find 40% fat) whipping cream. Whip with a couple tablespoons sugar or to taste and a flavor. It doesn’t have to be vanilla.  Consider one of the flavors below. Add a couple tablespoons of meringue powder to stabilize the cream and retard melting. The whipped cream should hold up all day if refrigerated. 

Fruits that Go Well with Strawberries

Banana, Blackberry, Currant, Elderberry, Guava, Kiwi, Kumquat, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Nectarine, Orange, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Peach, Pineapple, Plum, Raspberry, Rhubarb

 Flavors to Consider

Almond, Caramel, Coconut, Cream Cheese, Creme Fraiche, Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Honey, Maple, Marzipan, Mascarpone, Pecan, Pistachio, Walnut, White Chocolate

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