Fresh Strawberry Pie

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I’ve had this pie recipe drafted to share for a few months, but am just now sharing it. While the peak of strawberry season has passed us, you can still find ripe and delicious strawberries for an affordable price this time of year.

As you should know, I’m quite the pie aficionado. I love it in all forms and in all seasons, but fruit pies are definitely my favorite. When it comes to fruit pies, I like them to taste as fresh as possible. Why use fresh fruit if you’re just going to make it taste canned? This recipe really hits the mark when it comes to tasting fresh, mostly because only half of the berries are cooked.
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Strawberries Summer Recipe Pie Julia Malinowski

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Fresh Strawberry Pie

Serves 6-8 (or 1 if you’re me)

2 pounds fresh strawberries
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 unbaked pie crust
Optional: vanilla ice cream or whipped cream to top

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Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Dice 1 pound berries or process in food processor until they reach a similarly chopped texture (my favorite shortcut).
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Scoop berries into a saucepan and cook over medium heat. Add sugar to the pan along with the lemon juice and stir to combine. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with 3 tablespoons water. Pour into the strawberry mixture and stir vigorously. Cook on low heat for 8-10 minutes or until mixture thickens, making sure to stir frequently to prevent lumps. Check to make sure your sauce isn’t cloudy before you remove it from the heat, so you know that the cornstarch has fully cooked.
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While the sauce cools, place pie crust into 9″ or 10″ pie plate. Crimp the edges and then lightly prick the bottom and sides with fork about 30 times. Place a piece of foil inside the pie crust, lightly pressing around inside bottom edges of crust. Fill with dried beans (or pie weights if you have them) and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and remove beans and foil. Return it to the oven and bake for 5 minutes until edges are golden brown. Note, you can reuse these beans. I store mine with my baking supplies in a little baggie marked pie beans.
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While the crust cooks, cut the remaining strawberries into halves and mix into your cooled sauce.
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Let your crust cool for a few minutes and then pour the strawberry mixture into your baked pie shell. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours, or until the pie is set. Serve topped with whipped cream or with ice cream on the side.
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The final product seconds before I attacked it with a fork. Plating a slice is for suckers.

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What’s your favorite summer time pie? I’m also a big fan of blackberry or boysenberry pies, but these varieties of berries are hard to find in this area. Someone in Seattle send me a care package of berries!
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XOXO,
Jules

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! After returning from vacation, it’s been a bit of a struggle to get back into my regular routine, but I’m more or less back on track now. If I sleep in ridiculously late tomorrow, I should be back to full power. In other news, I’m attending my friend’s son’s 1st birthday party on Saturday, and I still can’t quite believe I’m at the point in my life where I can say things like that! What are you up to this weekend? Here are a few fun links to entertain you until you rush off into the sunset.

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1. Here are five compelling books to read this spring, including one so steamy that it supposedly makes 50 Shades look like the Bible. (Cup of Jo)

2. Guys, I want to visit Charleston soooo bad. This travel guide is only intensifying my desire to book a flight out there ASAP. The food alone seems like it would be worth the plane ticket! (The Stripe)

3. Ladies with layered hair, say hello to the simplest styling trick ever. It’ll work on any hair texture, too. (The Beauty Department)

4. Key lime pie in ice cream form? Be still, my heart! I desperately need a KitchenAid stand mixer just so I can make this recipe. (A Beautiful Mess)

5. When it comes to packing, I am definitely not a minimalist, but the “snowball method” sounds intriguing. Are you a checked bag or a carry-on only kind of girl? (Refinery29)

Have a fabulous weekend!

♥ Mil

8 Tasty Pi Day Recipes

Jules and I love a good pie. We’ll take any excuse to indulge in a slice, and what better excuse is there than Pi Day? (For us, Pi Day is less about math and more about pie. Ok, all about pie.) Everyone’s familiar with the usual suspects: apple, berry, pumpkin, coconut cream, chocolate. And don’t get me wrong, they’re all pretty awesome. But this year we’re breaking with tradition and delving into some delicious alternatives. From unexpected pie fillings to the mouthwatering magnificence of the pie milkshake (garnished with more pie, obvi), here are a few nontraditional ways for you to enjoy pie this Pi Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m dying to try the mini lemon meringue…and that blackberry pie milkshake, holy yum! The pretzel peanut butter chocolate pie looks incredible too, and it’s only 7 ingredients (and vegan). Which one would you pick?

♥ Mil

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, one and all! How was your Thanksgiving? Are you still in a lingering food coma, or were you up at the crack of dawn to shop the sales like a champ? Either way, I hope your Turkey Day was awesome and relaxing and filled with deliciousness. Enjoy a few of our fave links from the week, ideally while shopping online and eating leftover mashed potatoes out of a martini glass.

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1. It’s dark and cold as hell, and we could all use a pick-me-up. Check out these brilliant tips for shaking off the winter gloom! (Coco’s Tea Party)

2. Just in case you didn’t get your fill yesterday, this recipe for pumpkin pie with chocolate crust will definitely satisfy your pie needs. (Style Me Pretty Living)

3. A thankfulness cheat sheet is key to busting out an eloquent/hilarious speech when quizzed by your relatives at Thanksgiving dinner. (Mrs. Lilien)

4. This guide to having the best weekend getaway ever have me itching to take a spontaneous trip. (Camille Styles)

5. If you haven’t seen this amazing SNL sketch yet, throw on a flowing Adele wig and and some winged eyeliner and go watch it right now. I’ll wait. (Huffington Post)

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

♥ Mil

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