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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Double Strawberry Pie

Picnik collage

it's the end of summer, you can tell by the slight bite of cool in the air in the mornings and evenings now. you can tell by how dark it gets sooner {which, btw, bums me out more than the chill}. you can tell by how i automatically reach for my knee high socks instead of my usual flops. and you can most definitely tell by the produce section at the market: oh, hello apples, i've missed you. why yes, i love you butternut squash, even if nuria doesn't. i'm thinking about baked goods and slow cooked stews, tucking into my couch with my fleece blanket and picking up my crochet hook again.

so with this end of summer, nuria and i made a double strawberry pie... using end of the season strawberries, fruits that she and i hawked for a good while, making sure they weren't too overly ripe yet. we wanted berries that still held onto summer with both hands, plump and firm. but even with our combined efforts, i still had to run out the day of baking to find better berries and the pickings were slim. the end of summer is here and the strawberries are going with it. {tears}

but what a way to celebrate Summer's End. i used the overly ripe berries to make the jam layer, adding a bit of candied orange peel to cut thru the sweetness. the cream cheese and chocolate layer balanced out the fresh berries, and the crust. oh the crust. nuria slaved over the crust, and it came out flaky and so perfect. it's a shame strawberries are now out of season, but blackberries and figs are in... and well, this pie really does make the transition of seasons so much easier...

Picnik collage

Double Strawberry Pie

Pastry dough:
for 9", for 11" measurements in parenthesis

8 TBL cold, unsalted butter (9 TBL)
184 grams AP flour (267 grams)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking powder, optional. if not using, double salt
2.5 - 3.5 TBL ice cold water (3.5 - 4.5 TBL)
1.5 tsp cider vinegar

Cut butter into 3/4" cubes, freeze. place flour, salt, and optional baking powder in a reclosable bag and freeze for 30 minutes (i didn't do this.)

place the four mixture in food processor with the metal blade and process for a few seconds. add the butter to the flour and process for about 20 seconds or until the mixture resembles coarse meal, process until mixture looks like peas. add the lowest amount of water and the vinegar & pulse 6 times. pinch a small amount of the mixture together btwn fingers. if it does not hold together, add half the remaining water and pulse 3 times. repeat if necessary. the mixture will be in particles and will not hold together without being pinched. Refrigerate for an hour.


5 cups strawberries, rinsed, hulled and dried
1/2 cup water
2 TBL raw sugar
3 TBL cornstarch
a pinch of salt
1 tsp lemon juice
2 TBL candied orange peel

Cream cheese Layer (marscapone cheese would work too)

3 oz white chocolate
4 oz cream cheese
2 TBL sour cream

Remove dough from fridge. Roll out into pie pan (i used an 11" removable bottom pie pan). cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour or max of 24 hours.

Pre heat oven to 425F at least 20 minutes before baking. Line pastry shell with parchment and fill with rice or dried beans. bake for 20 minutes. Lift out the rice or beans with the parchment. With a fork, prick the bottom and sides and bake for 5-10 minutes more or until crust is pale gold.

Cool crust.

in a heavy saucepan, place 1 cup of strawberries and crush them lightly with fork. add water, sugar, cornstarch, salt, diced orange peel and lemon juice. Bring mixture to boil and simmer, stirring constantly. cool.

in a double boiler over hot water, melt the white chocolate, stirring constantly until smooth. cool. in a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until light, pour in the cooled white chocolate all at once and beat for a minute. add the sour cream and beat until blended.

Scrape the cream cheese mixture into the baked pie shell and top with the cooled strawberry mixture. arrange the remaining strawberries on top, point up.

Parenthood returned this week. as much as i lament over the end of summer, this show coming back on mollifies me.


  1. I want this right now. SUGAR CRAVINGS.

  2. This looks sooooo good!! Great way to end the summer by making something with berries!
    Would you mind checking out my blog? :D

  3. Gah... I want a slice. But you're in Baltimore (right?). Gorgeous photos!

  4. Wow, these photos are amazing. This looks so delicious!! We just had a dessert cookoff at work, and I ate about a million calories of sweet treats, but nothing looks like it could compare to this. It's amazing how you are both a talented photographer and cook :)

  5. @Jen, a slice would really hit the sugar craving spot...

    @ajcabuang04, thank you. good luck on your competition.

    @moowiesqrd, yes i am in MD. at least you have the beautiful weather of San Diego! :)

    @Catherine, thank you so much. your dessert cookoff at work sounds great! we don't have that here at my job. next time, you should make this, it really is easier than it looks. thanks for visiting!

  6. Gah... I want a slice. But you're in Baltimore (right?). Gorgeous photos!

  7. This looks sooooo good!! Great way to end the summer by making something with berries!
    Would you mind checking out my blog? :D