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My Greatest Strawberry Crumble Pie Recipe Pleasure the Baker


Slice of strawberry crumble pie with tea.

Okay, there’s one thing I haven’t advised you about Louisiana.  It’s not about the perfect jazz at Preservation Corridor or the sazeracs at The Roosevelt. The key is that Louisiana not solely grows the perfect strawberries I’ve ever had, however Louisiana harvests these berries TWICE a 12 months. It’s a humiliation of riches, truthfully.  That’s in all probability why I’ve stored it to myself.

I’m at the moment making an attempt to develop my very own strawberries within the yard which… shall be extra like a humiliation in gardening moderately than embarrassment of riches. The comfort is I can pop all the way down to the farmer’s marketplace for a flat of sun-kissed, by no means refrigerated, juicy pink strawberries.

Each April for the previous few years I’ve stacked the weekends with strawberry pie baking lessons at The Bakehouse.  Think about this my opened-armed strawberry pie class for you and yours.  I’m sharing my VERY BEST Contemporary Strawberry Pie recipe – a buttery crust stuffed with a candy and juicy (however not runny!) strawberry filling topped with a crisp oat crumble.

That is my best pie and I’ve a sense you’ll like it too!

Ingredients for strawberry pie measured in small bowls.

Listed here are the elements you’ll have to make my excellent Strawberry Pie:

•  one all-butter pie crust spherical

•  the juiciest recent strawberries you may get your palms on

•  brown sugar and granulated sugar

•  prompt tapioca (typically referred to as minute tapioca)

•  kosher salt

•  dried floor ginger and nutmeg

•  lemon juice

•  all-purpose flour, oats, and chilly, unsalted butter for the crumble topping

All butter pie crust rolled into a pie dish.

For this strawberry pie recipe, pie crust comes first.  I’m a fan of this all-butter pie crust my Dad taught me easy methods to make however please use any pie crust recipe you’re snug with. My life’s work is to encourage you to make pie crust from scratch but when a store-bought pie crust is what it is going to take so that you can bake this pie, you’ve got my full help.

If you happen to’re making a pie crust from scratch, we’ll use one pie dough disk for this recipe (thanks, crumble high) however make two crusts anyway.  It’s simply as straightforward to make two pie crusts for those who’re making one and the second pie dough disk might be wrapped in plastic wrap and saved in a zipper lock bag within the freezer for a month.  If you happen to’re counting – that’s one other pie in your future.

Ought to I blind bake the pie crust?

Brief reply: You’ll be able to however truthfully, you don’t need to.

Lengthy reply: If you happen to choose a really crisp crust you’ll wish to seize the beans or pie weights and pre-bake this crust earlier than including the strawberry filling.   Chill the rolled out and crimped pie crust in its pie pan within the freezer for 20 minutes whereas the oven preheats.  Line the pie crust with parchment paper and fill to absolutely the brim with beans or pie weights. Bake for 12 minutes. Rigorously take away the recent beans (with a want and a prayer), prick the underside of the pie crust with a fork and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Strawberry pie ingredients

Now let’s speak concerning the strawberry pie filling. Discover the freshest, juiciest, most pink strawberries you may get your palms on for this pie. The sweeter the berry, the extra scrumptious the pie!

Relying on the scale of your hulled berries, halve or quarter them and place them in a medium bowl.  Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, prompt tapioca, salt, lemon juice, and some pinch of warming spices like ginger and nutmeg.  You received’t be capable of pinpoint the ginger or nutmeg, they simply add a pleasant depth and trace of spice to the sweetness of this pie.

As you stir the berry combination collectively you’ll discover the sugar all however dissolves and disappears however the prompt tapioca continues to be sandy and opaque white.  To not fear these little granules will soften and disappear because the pie bakes.

Can I exploit cornstarch as a substitute of prompt tapioca?

Brief reply: Sure.

Lengthy reply:  You actually ought to use prompt tapioca for those who can. Immediate tapioca and cornstarch thicken in several methods. Immediate tapioca will truly take up the liquid from the strawberry combination making a semi-solid gel.  Cornstarch will thicken the juices of the strawberry combination as soon as it reaches the boiling level within the oven.  The rub about cornstarch although – it may be damaged down my acid (bear in mind the lemon juice we put in our filling) and might be over boiled.  It’s simply not as dependable a thickener so I choose and suggest fast cooking tapioca.

Right here’s King Arthur Flour’s Pie Thickener Information to search out your best pie thickener and measurements.

Subsequent, let’s make the crumble pie topping – MY FAVORITE.  I like a buttery, brown sugared, oat topping. It provides a pleasant crisp crunch to the delicate cooked berries.

In a bowl toss collectively oats, sugar, flour, salt, and chilly butter chunks.  Use your fingers or a pastry cutter to mix all the elements collectively right into a crumbly combination – nothing too cohesive.

Sliced strawberry pie filling with a handful of crumble topping.

Alright let’s have some enjoyable with this filling.  Pour a handful of the crumble topping into the macerating berries.  Stir the combination till effectively mixed.  Including crumble to the filling will make the flavors cohesive, assist thicken the strawberry filling even additional, and add a little bit of fats (thanks butter!) to the strawberry combination.

Strawberry pie filling inside of unbaked crust with crumble top.

Topple the strawberry filling into the crust set throughout the pie pan.  Fold the sides of the crust below and crimp the sides with both tines of a fork or pinching along with your fingers.

Sprinkle the crumble topping over the strawberry pie.  Unfold to the sides of the dough.  Chill all the pie within the fridge whereas the oven preheats.

Place pie on a rimmed baking sheet coated in parchment paper or foil to catch any juice from hitting the underside of the oven and bake till bubbly across the edges and golden brown.

The toughest half is permitting the pie to chill to only heat earlier than slices are taken out.  Positive you’ll be able to slice this recent strawberry pie whereas it’s nonetheless effervescent scorching, bit you’ll lose a majority of the juices to the underside of the pie plate and what enjoyable is that?

Serve this wonderful pie as dessert with whipped cream. The flavour is springtime in Louisiana!

Different strawberry recipes that may go well with you:

•  If pie crust intimidates you, the double motion press-in crust of those Strawberry Pie Bars will do ya proper.

•  A gluten-free different to all of the strawberry goodness :Almond Flour Whipped Ricotta Contemporary Strawberry Bars.

•  If you happen to’d wish to make this pie however want a GF pie crust possibility: Gluten-Free Pie Crust.

•  Simply some of the fashionable recipes on the positioning: Peanut Butter Cookie Strawberry Cobbler.

•  Strawberry jam as a substitute of recent strawberries make this Almond Flour Strawberry Crumble Bars a breeze!


My Greatest Strawberry Crumble Pie Recipe

Slice of strawberry crumble pie with tea.

An ideal spring and summer time pie made with recent strawberries and a buttery crumble topping!

  • Writer: Pleasure the Baker
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook dinner Time: 45-50 minutes
  • Complete Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1 9-inch pie 1x
  • Class: dessert, pie

For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) chilly unsalted butter, lower into small chunks
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoon chilly buttermilk

For the Strawberry Filling:

  • 6 cups recent strawberries, hulled and sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup flippantly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup prompt tapioca
  • massive pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons recent lemon juice
  • heaping 1/4 teaspoon floor ginger
  • massive pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 massive egg, overwhelmed and granulated sugar for topping the unbaked pie if making double crusted pie

For the Topping:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup old style oats
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • massive pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoons chilly unsalted butter, lower into small chunks


  1. To make the crust, in a medium bowl, whisk collectively flour, sugar, and salt. Add chilly, grated or cubed butter and, utilizing your fingers, work the butter into the flour combination. Rapidly break the butter down into the flour combination, some butter items would be the measurement of oat flakes (some the scale of peas for those who lower your butter into chunks moderately than grating).
  2. Create a effectively within the butter and flour combination and pour in chilly buttermilk. Use a fork to convey to dough collectively. Attempt to moisten all the flour bits. Add extra water if vital. On a flippantly floured work floor, dump out the dough combination. It will likely be moist and shaggy. That’s excellent. If you happen to discover the dough wants extra moisture, add a bit extra. Press and knead the dough right into a disk. Wrap the disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for no less than 1 hour or in a single day.
  3. To roll our the crust, on a flippantly floured floor, roll dough out into a couple of 13-inch spherical. Roll the dough a couple of strokes, then use your fingers to maneuver the rising circle across the floured floor. This ensures that the dough isn’t sticking to the work floor. The circle received’t be excellent, that’s okay.
  4. Attempt to not get any rips within the rolled out dough, however for those who do, they are often patched along with additional dough. If you roll the dough and you’ll see it begin springing again, that signifies that the butter is warming and the crust shouldn’t be rolled out anymore. Gently carry the 13-inch spherical from the floured floor and middle in a deep 9-inch spherical pie dish. Place within the fridge. 
  5. To make the strawberry pie filling, in a medium bowl toss collectively strawberries, sugars, tapioca, salt, lemon juice, floor ginger and nutmeg. Toss till all the tapioca is dispersed all through the strawberries and let relaxation for no less than 10 minutes. The strawberries will start to supply juice and the tapioca will start to melt barely.
  6. To make the oat crumble, in a medium bowl, whisk collectively flour, oats, sugar, and salt. Add the chilly butter chunks and, utilizing your fingers, work the butter into the flour combination. Rapidly break the butter down into the combination till effectively included. Some butter bits would be the measurement of peas, and smaller.
  7. Toss 1/4 cup of oat filling into the strawberry filling and stir to mix. Spoon strawberry filling and its juice into the pie dish.  Unfold the remaining topping over the strawberry filling in an excellent layer. Trim the pie crust to about 1-inch bigger than the pie dish, fold the crust below (tucking it contained in the pie dish a bit) and crimp along with your fingers.
  8. To complete, place a rack within the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 400 levels F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and put aside. Permit the pie to relaxation within the fridge whereas the oven preheats.
  9. Place pie on baking sheet and bake for quarter-hour, then scale back the temperature to 350°F and bake the pie for 30-35 minutes extra, or till the crust is golden and the strawberry filling is effervescent. Take away from the oven and permit to chill utterly earlier than serving – 4 hours or so will assist the pie cool and set.
  10. Retailer pie within the fridge and luxuriate in as quickly as attainable!

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