On Saturday, after my hubby got off work, we went strawberry picking at Rowe's Produce Farm in Ypsilanti. I had never been strawberry picking before & it was really fun! They are in season right now here in Michigan, & they really don't last too long, so we really wanted to get over there when we could. We got a giant hall for us! About 8lbs.
I decided to use some of them to make a pie. I made this pie a few weeks ago & we LOVE it! It's so good. I think the homemade crust & the crumble totally make this pie. I use this recipe from the food network, but with a couple of adjustments.
Strawberry Crumb Pie:
1 stick butter
3 oz low-fat cream cheese
1 1/4 cups flour
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 lbs strawberries, quartered
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 1/2 teaspoons corn starch
Make the crust. Combine butter & cream cheese in a food processor. Add flour & salt & process until it clumps together. Flatten or roll out the crust. Put it between two sheets of plastic wrap, then stick it in the fridge & set the timer for an hour.
Make the crumb topping. Stir together all ingredients in a bowl, then throw that in the fridge too to wait for later. It should be in the fridge at least a half hour.
Once an hour's past, take the crust out of the fridge & flatten it into a greased pie pan. Then put it in the fridge again for another 20 min & pre-heat the oven to 350. Once the 20 min is up, flatten the crust in the pan with foil, and put it in the oven for 20 min.
While the crust bakes, make your filling. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. When you take the crust out of the over, turn up the heat to 375. Remove the foil, then dumb your strawberry mixture into the crust. Add your crumb topping to the top, spreading it out over the pie. Then put the pie in the oven for 1 hour. (Do not cover pie for baking.)
When it's done, let it cool before eating! This pie is sooo good. It does take almost 4 hours to make from start to finish, so make sure you have a lot of time to be home when you do this. It includes a lot of wait time for the crust though, so if you want to use a pre-made crust, you can do that. You just need to make the topping & stick that in the fridge while you make the strawberry mix & bake the crust a little bit before adding the strawberries. It would save a lot of time. But this crust really is good, so you should try it if you have the time!
We still have lots of strawberries left, so I'm planning on also making some jam like this one from Southern Lovely. Just got to get some pectin for it today!
What's your favorite thing to make with strawberries? Got any good smoothie receipts I should try? If I use all of this haul, I have no problem going to get some more later this week. I gotta make full use of these fresh-picked strawberry season!!!
I will be linking this post up to these awesome sites.
& Midwestern Girl DIY's Ready 4 Summer blog party