Photo: Kelsey Hansen; Prop Styling: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland; Food Styling: Pam Lolley
Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
4 Hours 20 Mins
Yield
Serves 8 (serving size: 1 slice)

Fact: There is no better celebration of just-ripe summer strawberries than this classic berry pie; that’s why we called it perfect. The just-sweet-enough strawberry filling retains an admirable level of juiciness, thickening just enough to allow for a clean slice, thanks to a combination of cornstarch and tapioca. This duo of thickening agents stabilizes the pie filling without erring into goopy territory, as can often happen with all-purpose flour in cooked, fruit fillings. While lemon is the traditional citrus of choice for summer berry pies, we found lime to be an exceptional complement to the sugary-bright strawberries.   

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°F. Unroll 1 piecrust, and fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Stir together strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, tapioca, lime zest, lime juice, and vanilla in a large bowl. Spoon mixture into prepared pie plate; top evenly with butter cubes.

Step 2

Roll out remaining piecrust onto a lightly floured surface. Cut into 1 1/4-inch-wide strips; place on top of pie in a lattice pattern. Whisk together egg and water in a small bowl; brush lattice and edges of pie with egg mixture. Sprinkle evenly with demerara sugar. Place pie on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.

Step 3

Bake in preheated oven until edges are golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F; cover edges of pie with aluminum foil. Bake until pie is bubbling and crust is golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and cool completely, about 3 hours.

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