Monday, April 9, 2012

Strawberry Glacé Pie -- Oh My!

We've been having trouble getting strawberries and spinach this spring.  The green grocer keeps telling us that Avery is hogging them.  Well, they don't mention her by name, but they say that California isn't sending them.  What else can I think?

So when I saw fabulous, huge, red strawberries at the store, I became greedy and nabbed two quarts of them, determined to bake something with strawberries.  I happened to be looking through my mom's ancient (well, vintage anyway) Farm Journal's Complete Pie Cookbook, famous in my family because it was there that I found a Popcorn Ice Cream Pie.  Can you imagine how that sounded to me as a twelve-year-old?  I had to make it, much to everyone's amusement.  I think I also made a tuna fish pie from a recipe in that cookbook.  When they called it "complete," they meant it!

I really had a tart in mind for my precious strawberries, but discovered an interesting strawberry pie recipe that used mashed strawberries in a glaze.  That sounded great.  I switched it up a little bit and made it into more of a tart using graham crackers for a crust.  It's worth noting that this could be a no-bake tart or pie.  I baked
Mash the strawberries!
the crust, but if you don't want to heat up the kitchen, you can make the graham cracker crust a day ahead of time and refrigerate before filling.

I have to confess that the pie doesn't look gorgeous when cut.  But it tastes fantastic!  This is going to be a regular on the menu around here.  Don't believe how good it was?  I'm ashamed to report that two of us managed to snarf half the pie in one day.
becomes this.

Highly recommended for children.  They'll beg you to make this recipe.  I didn't even think it needed the whipped cream . . .

Strawberry Glacé Pie

1 9-inch springform pan or pie plate
1 potato masher

1 packet (9 full crackers) honey graham crackers
3 tablespoons vegetable oil + extra
3 tablespoons maple syrup

1 1/2 to 2 quarts fresh strawberries
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon butter

3 ounces Neufchâtel cheese
1 tablespoon milk (fat-free or 2% is fine)

1 cup heavy (whipping) cream
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

If baking base, preheat oven to 350.

Lightly oil pan. Remove Neufchâtel cheese from fridge to bring to room temperature.

Crush graham crackers.  Place in food processor with 3 tablespoons oil and maple syrup.  Pulse until fine.  Press into pan. 

If *not* baking crust, place in refrigerator overnight.  If baking, bake in oven for 10 minutes, then cool.

Wash and hull strawberries.  In a small bowl, mash enough strawberries with a potato masher to fill one cup.

Mix the cornstarch and sugar in a pot and add the water.  When combined, stir in the mashed strawberries. Over medium heat, bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat to a simmer, continue to stir, and cook for two minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the butter.  Cool.

Combine the softened Neufchâtel cheese with the milk.  Spread on the bottom of the cooled crust.

Place whole strawberries around the edge of the pan.  Slice additional strawberries and lay the slices in the middle overlapping them slightly.  (Share leftover slices with dog.)

Pour the cooled cooked mixture over the strawberries, taking care to cover all the strawberries.  Refrigerate until set (at least two hours or overnight).

Beat heavy cream, adding powdered sugar when the cream begins to take shape.

Serve with whipped cream and garnish with remaining strawberries.

Before glacé is added.
Mmm! Enjoy!


  1. I adore strawberry pie-my mom makes the world's best strawberry pie...I may have to request one once strawberry season hits WNY!

  2. Katreader, would your mom share her recipe? I'd love to see it. If she'll share, you could send it to me at Krista at KristaDavis dot com!

    ~ Krista

  3. Whew, Krista, I thought you were really accusing me. Whew! I'm not hogging them. Though I do buy them weekly. Lucky Californians. And you had me going. I thought you might be adding spinach to the pie. Whew - again! This looks gorgeous! Must try. Yum, yum!


    1. Avery, admit it -- you're eating all the strawberries and spinach! ; )

      Hmm, strawberry and spinach pie? There's an unlikely combination, though they're good together in salad!

      Glad you didn't mind me teasing you! : )

      ~ Krista

      ~ Krista

  4. I love the picture with the lilacs. They're my favorite flower--but then I looked again at the pie...yummmo! Can't wait to try it.

  5. Your mention of the Farm Journal cookbook brought memories back to this former Nebraska farmgirl. I'd read my dad's farming magazines and I am pretty sure my mother had a Farm Journal cookbook of some kind. We had a big strawberry patch and garden. Unfortunately, I did not inherit my parents' genes for farming and gardening. The pie looks delicious. It reminds me of the strawberry glace desserts I'd see in German bakeries years ago, while my husband was stationed there in the army.