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Spring Strawberry Pie

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Mary Catherine Muir
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 1 wedge and 1 tablespoon whipped topping)
The classic strawberry pie is updated with a splash of balsamic vinegar.

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Cooking spray
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 6 cups small strawberries
  • Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped hazelnuts or almonds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping, thawed

Nutrition Information

  • calories 229
  • caloriesfromfat 35 %
  • fat 8.8 g
  • satfat 4.1 g
  • monofat 2.8 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 2.3 g
  • carbohydrate 37 g
  • fiber 3.5 g
  • cholesterol 14 mg
  • iron 1.4 mg
  • sodium 176 mg
  • calcium 34 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl, tossing with a fork until moist. Press into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes; cool on a wire rack.

  3. To prepare the filling, combine strawberry slices and vinegar in a medium nonstick skillet. Place the berry mixture over medium-high heat; cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1/4 cup sugar. Combine the water and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add to pan, and bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in juice. Cool completely. Arrange whole strawberries, stem sides down, in crust. Pour cooled strawberry mixture over whole strawberries. Cover loosely, and chill 4 hours.

  4. To prepare the topping, combine 3 tablespoons cracker crumbs, nuts, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, and 1 1/2 teaspoons melted butter in a small bowl. Place crumb mixture in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook 2 minutes or until golden brown; cool. Sprinkle crumb mixture over pie. Top each serving with whipped topping.