Strawberry Super Pie

Let’s take a day to celebrate our favorite super heroes. Ben’s is Superman. Mine is a pie. Strawberry Super Pie to be specific.

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I shared this recipe a year ago, but the single photo snapped with my iPhone did no measure of justice to the luscious combination of vanilla whipped cream cheese, fresh strawberry topping, and buttery/amazing/take-me-now pecan shortbread cookie crust that is Strawberry Super Pie. Today’s photos don’t adequately convey the “I might pass out this tastes so incredible” sensation of eating Strawberry Super Pie either, but we are closer.

Strawberry Super Pie is a treasured family recipe and one of my Grammy’s specialties. It is so delectable that my family was not content to call it merely “Strawberry Pie,” “Fresh Strawberry Cream Pie,” or even “Really, Really Outrageously Good Strawberry Pie with the Insane Whipped Cream Cheese Layer and Flavor Bomb Pecan Shortbread Cookie Crust.” This is Strawberry Super Pie.

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Since we are discussing super heroes today, it’s a lovely opportunity for me to reveal a few lesser-known details about Ben. A highly intelligent and frequently mature adult, Ben:

  • Dreams that he’s saving the planet on a tri-weekly basis.
  • Speaks wistfully of his life’s greatest Halloween costume, Superman. He turned 19 the year he wore it.
  • Used a Superman comforter all four years of college.
  • Searched the internet exhaustively for the same comforter in a Queen size for our current bed. (He never found one, hallelujah.)
  • Ate 2/3 of Strawberry Super Pie in 48-hours.

Guess who handled the remaining 1/3? No need to thank me. I know; I’m a hero.

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{Side Note: Ben is currently miffed because I insisted that we spend time outside at the zoo last weekend instead of going to see Man of Steel. Somehow, I think his “miffed” status will increase now that I’ve told you that he spent ages 18-22 sleeping on Superman bedding}

Let’s discuss the essential components that make Strawberry Super Pie the superlative of the strawberry pie world. Each is special and amazing and deserves our separate attention. Once united, these bright, creamy layers will save the world.

First, berries. Berries are super-duper important for a super-duper Strawberry Super Pie. To ensure the strawberry flavor in Strawberry Super Pie is intensely fresh and berrilicious, it’s important to use the best fresh strawberries you can. The ones I found at the Madison Farmers Market over the weekend were so juicy and sweet, they exploded in my mouth in like little pockets of ripe red candy. Hello, super berries!

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The buttery, nutty pecan shortbread cookie crust takes 90 seconds stir together (and even less time that to devour.) This pecan shortbread cookie crust is so melt-in-your-mouth marvelous, Ben once requested that I bake a second one separate from the pie so that he could add more.

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Whipped vanilla cream cheese filling is real-deal , from-scratch whipped cream, that we fold together with sweetened vanilla whipped cream cheese. Double the whip for double the smooth, luscious, and light-as-air filling that is the prefect side kick to our juicy fresh berries.

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Finally, we complete our smasterpiece with a bright, fresh strawberry topping. Very berry, creamy-dreamy, pecan-cookie crusted Strawberry Super Pie, you are my hero.

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Whether your favorite super hero is Superman, Quailman, or the guy who let you go ahead of him in the grocery line, you must treat yourself to Strawberry Super Pie. With layers of fresh strawberries, fluffy vanilla whipped cream cheese, and pecan shortbread cookie crust piled on our plates, villains may do their worst. We’ll be ready.

Or we can always just bribe them with pie. Whatever gets me to my second slice sooner.

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Strawberry Super Pie

A strawberry pie to save the world. Fresh strawberry pie topping layered over vanilla whipped cream cheese and a pecan shortbread cookie crust, Strawberry Super Pie is so extraordinary, we had to add “Super” to the name. This is the best fresh strawberry pie you will ever taste.


Though this recipe is not difficult, each layer must be sufficiently chilled before the pie can be assembled. For ease of preparation, I like to make the crust, cream filling, and strawberry topping the day before I serve, refrigerate them separately overnight, then assemble and chill the pie the next morning. The extra planning is more than worth it!


Yield: 1, 10-inch pie, Serves 6

Prep Time: 4 hours

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 25 minutes

Ingredients:

Pecan Shortbread Crust



  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon powdered (confectioner’s) sugar

  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

  • 3/4 cup (1 and 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted


Fresh Strawberry Topping



  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, divided and hulled (do not slice prior)

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • Several drops red food coloring (about 5-7, depending on your berries)


Whipped Cream Cheese Filling



  • 1 and 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature (I used reduced fat Neufchatel. Just don’t use fat free.)

  • 3/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup powdered (confectioner’s) sugar


Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a deep 10-inch pie dish and set aside.

  2. Make the crust: In a medium bowl, stir together flour, powdered sugar, and pecans. Pour in melted butter and mix by hand until combined. Press into the prepared dish. Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool completely to room temperature, so as not to melt the cream filling. 

  3. Fresh Strawberry Topping: Mash enough strawberries to make 1 cup (I found it helps to slice them into fairly small pieces first. The mash will be a little chunky, but the berries should be fairly well broken down. Do not puree.) Place mashed berries in a small saucepan with the water. In a small, separate bowl, mix sugar and cornstarch, then add all at once to berries. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 1-2 minutes, until the mixture thickens. Add the food coloring a few drops at a time, until you reach a nice strawberry hue (mashing the berries dulls their color, and the food coloring makes for a more appealing finished product). Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely. (Again, you will melt the cream layer if you rush it).

  4. Cut tops off of remaining strawberries. The top of each berry will be flat and the rest of the berry should be left whole, allowing the berry to “stand” on its top with the tip up. Set aside.

  5. Make the Whipped Cream Cheese Filling: Whip the heavy cream in a large mixing bowl until stiff peaks form. Transfer to a smaller bowl and set aside. Place the cream cheese in the now empty larger bowl (no need to wash it), and beat gently until smooth. Add the powdered sugared a few tablespoons at a time and incorporating after each, then add vanilla. Continue to beat until completely smooth. Carefully fold in whipped cream. Spread in the cooled pecan shortbread crust and refrigerate for a half hour.

  6. When crushed berry topping is cool and the crust and cream filling have chilled, arrange the reserved berries with the cut-sides down and tips pointing upward on top of the cream layer. The berries will look like they are “standing” on the cream filling. Start at the outside and place berries side by side in a circle, moving inward, until the cream surface is covered (some cream will show through.)

  7. Carefully spoon the cooled fresh strawberry topping over pie, using a small spoon to dribble it between each berry. The cream layer should be completely covered, but do not overfill, as extra topping will simply slop over the side. Save any leftover topping for toast, waffles, ice cream, or go at it with a spoon.

  8. Chill at least two hours or overnight. Slice, serve, and save the world!


Pie will keep in the refrigerator covered in plastic wrap for five days, though the crust will soften somewhat.


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About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...

48 comments

  1. Such a perfect way to celebrate strawberry season!

  2. This is simply amazing!

  3. Ha! This pie has super powers indeed. I need to action this bad boy ASAP!

  4. Yeeeowzer! That looks like a dangerous dessert, the kind that you get one to many seconds. Sounds delicious!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • It is soooooooo deadly, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Be careful not to stand near the dish wish a fork if you care to exercise any measure of self control :)

  5. Hello gorgeous! This pie looks super duper amazingly good.

  6. Maegan @ The BakerMama Reply

    This pie looks super amazing! I just bought a huge container of strawberries and I think I just found a great use for them! I’m really excited about the pecan shortbread crust! Great recipe!

  7. I just drooled a little bit.

  8. I love strawberry desserts but this crust is also out of this world!

  9. I love strawberry pie and can’t wait to try this!

  10. What a pie! Strawberries, strawberries, strawberries!!! Then toss in the pecan shortbread crust….how divine!

  11. I just made a fresh strawberry pie (also sans gelatin, what whaaaat) and made a crust very similar to this – I can’t get enough of that pecan cookie-ish situation. Like, seriously. Marry me now, pecan crust.

  12. This looks delicious! It reminds me of a “strawberry salad” dish that my husband loves, which has pretzels on the bottom, a cream cheese layer, and strawberries & jello on top. I actually think this looks even better, and I will definitely be making it for him. Thanks!

    • Trisha, I’ve tried that same “strawberry salad” before, and I LOVED it. The salty-sweet gets me everytime. I might just have to hunt down a recipe myself. Thanks for the reminder and for your kind comment!

  13. Looks fantastic Erin! Wish I could try a slice with you! Happy summer my dear! xoxo

  14. Oh good lordy, look at that HUGE pile of strawberries on top of your slices! I think I would just die with a plate of this in front of me. Amazing recipe using my favorite berries! Thanks for sharing, Erin!

    • Thank YOU Georgia. And the more berries, the merrier! Strawberry is a good favorite to have, though I might have to fight you for the last slice. Share it? ;-)

  15. I love strawberry ANYTHING so this recipe is right up my alley. I love that you made a shortbread crust, extra delicious.

  16. this is such a unique crust recipe. strawberry toppings look deliciouss

  17. Great syling, great writing, and beautiful looking pie. All that adds up to a great post!! Of course the fact that it has summer written all over it only puts it over the top, thanks for sharing!

  18. I just made your pie last night and we had it after dinner today….absolutely delicious! My husband was a big fan (also a lawyer :)) and is on his way to the fridge for another piece! The only thing that didn’t work too well was the crust. I think I messed something up and it came out really thick. I ended up using a store-bought crust, but the rest of your recipe turned out amazing. Thanks so much, can’t wait to make it again!

    • Hi Poonam! I am so excited that you liked the pie!! As far as having bunches of crust, the recipe does make an amount suitable for a fairly deep pie dish. If you were using a smaller one, I could see it winding up fairly thick. We are crust lovers (especially since this one tastes like a giant pecan shortbread cookie, lol) but you can definely only put the amount of crust “batter” into the dish that you prefer. Thank you so much for sharing your review, and I’m glad you all loved it (and reading through this now makes me want to bake it again myself.) Have a great day!

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  22. This looks wonderful – thank you! The print button doesn’t work for me, sadly, but I was able to copy it to a Word document instead, so I hope that was all right..

    • Oh no Jane! I’m so sorry the ‘print’ button didn’t work for you, and it’s absolutely ok that you copied it into word. I’m so excited you are trying this pie–it’s to die for!

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  26. Christina Henry Reply

    I stumbled across your recipe and feel compelled to give credit where it’s due.  This may be a treasured family recipe, but I’m pretty sure that your grandmother got it from “Dying For Chocolate,” by Diane Mott Davidson, published in 1992.  Except for the food coloring, it is ingredient for ingredient and step by step identical- even to the name Strawberry Super Pie.  Sorry-

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