Fresh Strawberry Pie | Springtime FAWG Dinner Party

Fresh Strawberry Pie!

About this time last year, we planted over 75 pots of ranunculus. This year, we’re happy to report that about half of them made it back.  

Pink Ranunculus
Orange Ranunculus
RGB Ranunculus Garden

If it weren’t for regularly scheduled dinner parties, we would never see our loved ones. You see, we’re gearing up to tear down our home, gut it all out and re-build it again. (And I, Mrs. RGBistro, am working around a packed office schedule.) To prepare for the remodel kickoff has taken months and months of planning… so much so, that when we were due for our quarterly “Food and Wine Group” (FAWG) dinner party with a few of our friends, we swore it had just been days since the last one…

With only a few hours to spare between our afternoon remodel meetings and the first course to a spring-themed dinner, Mr. RGBistro graciously offered to make a “fresh strawberry pie” dessert so I could continue research on cabinet door styles and finishes.  

Because strawberries are right in the peak of their season, and they’re from the patch down the road, these should have been great all by themselves. But gussied up in a flaky butter pie and some whipped cream, they were perfect for the party.

We’re thankful for our regularly scheduled dinners. Now… back to our hole to finish what we’ve started.

Hope to resurface soon!


What’s your favorite fruit pie?


Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh strawberry pie with whipped cream and vanilla in a flaky butter pie crust.


~ Serves 6 ~


~ Ingredients ~

  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
  • ½ cup granulated sugar plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ teaspoons unflavored powdered gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 baked flaky pie crust
  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


~ Preparation ~

Preparation Time: 1-2 hours

  1. Slice about 3 cups of the strawberries ¼ inch thick and place them in a medium bowl. Crush the sliced berries with a potato masher or a fork; you should have about 1 ½ cups crushed berries. Place them in a small saucepan. Add the ½ cup sugar and the cornstarch, lemon juice, and salt, and stir to combine.
  2. Soften 1 ½ teaspoons of the gelatin in the cold water, and set it aside.
  3. Place the saucepan over low heat and bring the berry mixture to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is transparent and of medium thickness, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the softened gelatin, and stir until the gelatin has dissolved. Set aside to cool.
  4. Cut 1 cup of the remaining berries into quarters, and gently fold them into the cooled cooked mixture. Pour the filling into the baked pie shell, and chill in the refrigerator until set, at least 1 hour, and up to overnight before serving.
  5. Chill the whisk attachment and the bowl of an electric mixer in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  6. Attach the bowl and whisk to the mixer, and add the heavy cream and the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Whip until soft peaks form.
  7. Soften the remaining 1 teaspoon gelatin in the warm water, and set aside until cool but not set. With the mixer running, add the softened gelatin to the whipped cream and whip until stiff peaks form. Add the vanilla. Working quickly, use a spatula to top the pie with the whipped cream, spreading it evenly and smoothly. Return the pie to the refrigerator and chill until set, at least 45 minutes.
  8. Slice or halve the remaining strawberries, and arrange them decoratively on top of the pie. The pie will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition content per serving: 374 calories, 45g carbs, 2g protein, 21g fat, 3.5g fiber

Cost per serving: $1.96 – $2.04

 Source: Emeril Lagasse via  


The Season's First Fruit Pie

Update (4/27/11): This recipe has been tested by friends of the RGB. Click here to see their adaptations!

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  1. says

    The remodel sounds so exciting! Will you be documenting any part of the process on here? I’d love to see the before, during and after :)

    Gorgeous pie…strawberries have that way of beautifying anything they touch. If I absolutely had to pick just one fruit pie, I’d have to go with peach. Love me some peach pie.

  2. says

    It’s the same with me and my loved ones – if not for scheduled dinners we would never see each other! Food does a great job of bringing people together, doesn’t it? :) This strawberry pie looks AMAZING! I wish I could have a slice right now.

  3. says

    Wooo… that pie looks scrumptious. You are so lucky to have Mr. RGB to help bake up pies for you. I hope you have a happy remodel. I’ll be looking forward to some photos of the new digs.

  4. says

    Would you believe my favorite is a fresh strawberry pie? I’m not kidding! Mine is a bit different; the berries are put into the shell whole and then covered with a similar cooked mixture for them to set in place. I’ve been making the same recipe for 30 years and the only revision I’ve ever made and we love is to spread a layer of sweetened mascarpone cheese on top of the crust before adding the berries to keep the crust from getting soggy. Now craving it bad; yours looks FABULOUS!

    Good luck on the remodel…and keep your eye on the prize cause the process can be brutal. :)

  5. says

    Sweeeet! Mr. RGBistro bakes, too! That is one luscious pie and since I really don’t have a favorite, I’ll go with it :) Good luck on the remodel – during ours, we set up a little kitchenette in our LR and I became quite adept at making meals using a toaster oven and microwave.

  6. says

    Gotta love strawberries this time of year and how nice of Mr. RGBistro to bake a luscious pie with them! I need to get you all over here so that your Mr. can remind my Mr. of how much fun it is to cook and bake! ;) He has retired from that job as of late.

  7. says

    The flowers…the fresh berries…the lovely pie…this post is like a burst of spring goodness. I think apple is my favorite, but I would take any kind :-) Thank you for sharing another beautifully rendered post, Kim. You know how to get my week off to a great start. I hope your week bursts forth with flavor and love. Hugs from Austin!

  8. says

    Such a beautiful pie!! Love fresh strawberries! As for a favorite fruit pie…that’s a hard one…but I’ve never have turned a fried peach pie down! :)

  9. says

    I can see why you married Mr. RGB…. it was for the pie!!! Seriously, that is one gorgeous pie and far better than the glaze laden ones!!
    Can’t wait to see the new kitchen take shape – if you feel the need for a “real” kitchen let me know – you can come hang out in mine!!

    Beautiful ranuncula’s too – wish I had a green thumb!