Thursday, June 14, 2012

Icebox Strawberry Pie

Posted by - Denise at Eat Laugh Love 

A few weeks ago while strawberries were still in season in the St. Louis area, we went a bit crazy and picked quite a few pounds. Quite a few, about 45 pounds to be exact. They were just so sweet and tasty, I couldn’t stop. Unlike grocery store berries, which I refuse to buy, homegrown berries are diminutive, fragrant, and much juicer. My fingers and nails had a red hue for a day or two, but that was okay. We froze most of them, and I successfully made and canned delicious, sugar-free strawberry jam. My last jam making experience was a disaster when I attempted it with no pectin, significantly overcooked it, and crystallized the sugar, which resulted in strawberry CONCRETE. Chalk it as an experiment gone awry.

I also made an amazing icebox strawberry pie based on a recipe I saw on the Cooks Country website. It was described as “diner style,” and it sure it. When I was a kid, we went to the local Elby’s Big Boy restaurant for dessert, and they served a pie similar to this. It was my absolute fave, and I always got it. This is even better. It’s so fresh berry-ish. No surprise since it uses three pounds of strawberries, and part of the intense flavor comes from cooking two pounds to thick jam that is mixed with gelatin and more (fresh) berries. The original recipe calls for a pasty crust but I threw together a quick cinnamon graham cracker crust. This easy pie is a snap to make and perfect when you don’t want to be slaving over a hot oven on a hot summer day – the beauty of an icebox pie. I also skipped the whipped cream topping. I wanted the berries to shine. And they do.
The recipe cautions you need to be precise cooking down the berries to measure exactly two cups and no more, otherwise the filling will not set up or slice neatly.

Icebox Strawberry Pie
Serves 8

2 pounds strawberries, fresh or frozen
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1 cup sugar
 Pinch salt
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced thin
1 9-inch pie shell, baked and cooled, either pastry or graham cracker crust

Cook berries in large saucepan over medium-low heat until berries begin to release juice, about 3 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring frequently, until thick and jamlike, about 25 minutes. Measure the mixture to no more than two cups. If it’s more than two cups, continue cooking longer.

Combine lemon juice, water, and gelatin in small bowl. Let stand until gelatin is softened and mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir gelatin mixture, sugar, and salt into cooked berry mixture and return to simmer, about 2 minutes. Transfer to bowl and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

Fold fresh berries into filling. Spread evenly in pie shell and refrigerate until set, about 4 hours. Filled pie can be refrigerated for 24 hours.

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19 comments:

Kim - Liv Life said...

What an wonderful summer treat this icebox pie would be!! I have a certain 13 year old girl who would devour nearly the whole thing!!

simple baking said...

Perfect summery dessert!

mireia badia said...

I love this kind of dessert!!! Yum, yum, yum!

Spice up the Curry said...

lovely recipe. nice

Yamile said...

This pie looks so perfect and gorgeous!!

glutenfreehappytummy.com said...

oh my gosh, that looks so delicious! i love fresh strawberries at this time of year!

LoLy said...

WOW, looks like from HEAVEN :D
happy to find your blog, looks so yummy :)

Angie's Recipes said...

My kind of dessert! Looks so delectable!

Giancarlo said...

Un felice fine settimana a Te...ciao

Jay said...

wow..yummmmy..yumm
Tasty Appetite

Kalyan said...

the pie just looks too enticing...mouthwatering!

Günther said...

delicius dessert and nice "name" ice box :-))

Marcellina said...

Oooooh that is at heap of strawberries! What a delicous pie, it would be!

kitty said...

Soooo yummy looking! I remember this recipe from Cook's, but haven't tried it.

Lynn Proctor said...

gotta try this! hi--i am a new follower!

Fiocchi di neve e foglie di tè said...

A fantastic summer pie! I love it!
I get the recipe;)

LoLy said...

I am your HAPPY new follower, and maaaaaan, I LOVE your blog :D, it looks soo yummy
xx

Pilar. Cook and Spoon said...

Delicious cake! It's a pity that I can't find strawberries because the season is over. But I'll keep your recipe for next year.

Mama Jodi said...

Oh this looks fabulous. I love it!