Fresh Strawberry Pie

This Fresh Strawberry Pie is one of the best ways to show off those sweet summer strawberries. This recipe is made without jello and pairs the strawberries with a pretzel-pecan crust for a slice of pie inspired by strawberry-pretzel salad. If you’ve been following My Baking Addiction for any length of time, you’re probably well …

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This Fresh Strawberry Pie is one of the best ways to show off those sweet summer strawberries. This recipe is made without jello and pairs the strawberries with a pretzel-pecan crust for a slice of pie inspired by strawberry-pretzel salad.

Close up of an assembled and set fresh strawberry pie garnished with mint leaves

If you’ve been following My Baking Addiction for any length of time, you’re probably well aware of the fact that I don’t post many pies around here. Pie crust just isn’t my thing even though I kind of really wish it was.

But if I can skip the typical pie crust and sub in a delicious crust loaded with pretzels, pecans and graham cracker crumbs, I’m all in.

This no-bake Fresh Strawberry Pie is bursting with gorgeous summer strawberries and is sure to quickly become your new go-to summer dessert!

Ingredients for a pretzel and graham cracker pie crust on a kitchen towel

STRAWBERRY PIE WITHOUT JELLO

When I shared my No-Bake Frozen Cheesecake with you, I told you how I paired it with a crust made from graham crackers, pretzels and pecans inspired by Strawberry Pretzel Salad.

Of course that made me wonder how that crust would be on a strawberry pie. And when an idea like that gets in my head, it won’t leave until I make it happen.

Spoon stirring together the ingredients for a pretzel and graham cracker pie crust in a glass mixing bowl

Even though my Strawberry Pretzel Salad uses jello, I wanted to try to make a strawberry pie without any gelatin in it. I know not everyone is able to eat jello and I figured I could work out a way to make a pie that sets well without it.

Instead of using jello to set the pie, my Fresh Strawberry Pie filling uses:

  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

That’s right, there are 2 full pounds of strawberries in this pie! I don’t joke around when it comes to fresh summer strawberries, ok?

Hand using a metal measuring cup to press a pretzel and graham cracker pie crust into a springform pan

HOW TO MAKE THIS FRESH STRAWBERRY PIE

This Fresh Strawberry Pie is completely no bake. Even the crust!

Start by mixing together graham cracker crumbs, coarsely chopped pretzels, chopped pecans, granulated sugar, and melted butter for the crust. Press that into the bottom and part way up the sides of a springform pan.

The first time I made this pie, I put it in a regular pie plate. But getting a clean slice out was really hard, so I gave it a try in the springform pan. Trust me, it’s much easier to cut and serve this way!

Ingredients for fresh strawberry pie filling arranged on a wooden table

I like to pop the crust in the fridge to chill while I make the filling.

To make the filling, puree 1 ½ cups of the fresh strawberries in a blender or food processor. Add the boiling water, cornstarch, and sugar and puree until smooth.

Add this mixture into a saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil it for 3 minutes and don’t stop stirring it! 

Fresh strawberry pie glaze being stirred by a spatula in a saucepan

After it has boiled for 3 minutes, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Let it rest for a few minutes while you prepare the rest of the strawberries.

Stir the strawberries into the glaze and immediately pour this into the crust. Chill the pie for 2 hours before removing the outer ring of the springform pan, cutting and serving with homemade whipped cream.

Spatula stirring together fresh strawberry pie filling in a white mixing bowl

TIPS FOR MAKING THIS PIE

I have made this pie a few times now, so I have a few tips and tricks to share:

  • If you don’t want to use the pretzel crust, use a graham cracker crust instead. I love the sweet-salty combo of the pie filling with the pretzel crust, but it’ll still be delicious with a more traditional graham cracker crust!
  • Press the crust into the pan with the bottom of a measuring cup. Using the flat bottom of measuring cup will help you really get the crust packed in tightly and will help make it more even than if you used your hands.
  • Look for smaller strawberries. Smaller strawberries are often sweeter and will be easier to prep for this pie. If you can only find large strawberries, I would cut them into quarters or even eighths so the pie is easier to cut and serve later.
  • Don’t skip the boiling water. This recipe calls for boiling water for a reason! I tried making it without boiling the water first and it didn’t set as well. I couldn’t tell you the science behind it. All I can say is that I’ve tested it multiple times and this is what works for me.
Fresh strawberry pie with a slice cut out of it

CAN THIS RECIPE BE MADE AHEAD?

Fresh Strawberry Pie really needs to be eaten the same day it is made. Once it sets, you can wait a few hours before slicing it, but it’s best to serve it within several hours. Otherwise, the strawberries start to weep.

The leftovers will still taste good the next day, but the texture won’t be as nice. 

Slice of fresh strawberry pie, topped with a dollop of whipped cream, on a black plate

You will also need to keep this pie chilled until serving it and you cannot freeze it for later.

If you’re looking for a pie that uses your summer berries and can be made the day before, check out this baked strawberry pie.

Consider this recipe to be one of those rare treats you make when strawberries are at their peak. It’ll be worth it!

Overhead view of assembled fresh strawberry pie on a wooden table, surrounded by forks and napkins
Close up of an assembled and set fresh strawberry pie garnished with mint leaves

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Yield: 1 9-inch pie
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

This Fresh Strawberry Pie is one of the best ways to show off those sweet summer strawberries. This recipe is made without jello and pairs the strawberries with a pretzel-pecan crust for a slice of pie inspired by strawberry-pretzel salad.

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pretzels
  • ½ cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Filling:

  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, tops removed, divided use
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Prepare the crust:

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, chopped pretzels, pecans, and sugar. Stir in the melted butter until well combined. Press the mixture into the bottom and ½ inch up the sides of a greased 9-inch springform pan. Set in the refrigerator to chill while preparing the filling.

Prepare the filling:

  1. Place 1 ½ cups of the berries into the bowl of a food processor or blender and puree. Add the sugar, boiling water, and cornstarch and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once the mixture starts to boil, continue to boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. The mixture will be very thick and should become less cloudy and more jam-like as it cooks.
  3. After 3 minutes, remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla extract and allow the glaze to cool while you prepare the rest of the strawberries.
  4. Cut the remaining strawberries depending on their size - cut very large berries into eighths, and smaller berries into quarters or halves. (See note) 
  5. Stir the cut strawberries into the glaze and pour into the prepared crust. If desired, arrange the strawberries cut-side down.
  6. Chill the pie for 2 hours, until the glaze has set. 
  7. Keep the pie chilled until ready to serve. Pie is best served the same day it is made. Serve with fresh whipped cream.

Notes

You can leave berries whole or in larger pieces, but the pie will be harder to cut and eat.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 350Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 31mgSodium 91mgCarbohydrates 48gFiber 3gSugar 34gProtein 3g

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

Forget buying bottles of ranch at the store when making it at home is so easy. This Homemade Ranch Dressing is quick to make and delicious on everything. If you happened to catch my last post for Homemade Ranch Seasoning, you might be wondering what to do with that seasoning. And trust me, you’re not …

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Forget buying bottles of ranch at the store when making it at home is so easy. This Homemade Ranch Dressing is quick to make and delicious on everything.

Ranch dressing being poured over the top of a cobb salad

If you happened to catch my last post for Homemade Ranch Seasoning, you might be wondering what to do with that seasoning.

And trust me, you’re not alone as I have already received numerous comments asking how to make Homemade Ranch Dressing with the Homemade Ranch Seasoning.

You knew I wasn’t going to leave you hanging, so today I’m sharing a seriously delicious recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing that you’ll make over and over again!

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Homemade Ranch Seasoning

Homemade Ranch Seasoning is easy to make and convenient to keep on hand. Use it for dips and dressings or in any recipe that calls for a packet of ranch seasoning. My girl is obsessed with all things ranch. And while she’s loved Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing as a dip for fresh veggies for years, …

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Homemade Ranch Seasoning is easy to make and convenient to keep on hand. Use it for dips and dressings or in any recipe that calls for a packet of ranch seasoning.

Spoonful of ranch seasoning mix balanced on the side of a bowl of seasoning

My girl is obsessed with all things ranch. And while she’s loved Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing as a dip for fresh veggies for years, she’s recently wanted to try all the ranch things after I showed her Dawn Farmer’s TikTok (@dawnnfarmer).

If you aren’t familiar with Dawn, she is a young girl that lives in the U.K. and is known for trying American snacks. After trying ranch dressing for the first time, she too became obsessed with it and people starting sending her every available ranch product from American grocery stores.

Now Elle and I like to browse our local grocery stores for ranch flavored items and we’ve been having so much fun taste testing new to us products like ranch popcorn seasoning, Ranch Corn Nuts and Ranch Pringles and Ranch Veggies Straws. So naturally I thought, let’s try to make our own Homemade Ranch Seasoning.

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Cherry Crisp

Cherry Crisp is simple, quick, and delicious. Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate weeknight dessert. Last week I was tidying up our pantry and realized that I haven’t used my ice cream maker in quite some time. So I pulled it forward on the shelf, gave it a good …

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Cherry Crisp is simple, quick, and delicious. Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate weeknight dessert.

Last week I was tidying up our pantry and realized that I haven’t used my ice cream maker in quite some time. So I pulled it forward on the shelf, gave it a good wipe down and decided that I need to teach my girl how to make some homemade ice cream.

I scanned the fridge and pantry to see if we had everything on hand to whip up a simple vanilla ice cream base, but it was a no-go because I had used the rest of the cream for a delish Alfredo sauce last week.

So I totally switched gears and decided I was in the mood for a crisp – cherry crisp to be exact.

And I just so happened to have all of those ingredients on hand – complete with a pint of vanilla bean ice cream in the freezer.

No worries though, we’ll get to the homemade vanilla ice cream as soon as I pick up some more heavy cream on our next grocery trip.

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Fresh Basil Pesto

This Fresh Basil Pesto is as bright and delicious as it gets. Try it on pasta, in a sandwich, or simply with a loaf of crusty bread.  ‘Tis the season for planting our little garden around here. I usually kill everything – except mint, that stuff grows out of concrete! – but I still try for …

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This Fresh Basil Pesto is as bright and delicious as it gets. Try it on pasta, in a sandwich, or simply with a loaf of crusty bread. 

Small bowl of basil pesto surrounded by slices of baguette

‘Tis the season for planting our little garden around here. I usually kill everything – except mint, that stuff grows out of concrete! – but I still try for a small garden every year.

This year we have some tomatoes, cilantro, and basil. I always plant basil, even though the bugs usually get to it and the leaves end up full of holes. Not very pretty, but perfect for using for pesto.

Elle had never tried pesto before, but since she loves pasta I grabbed a fresh basil plant at Meijer (while we wait for ours in the garden to grow) and whipped up a batch of this homemade Fresh Basil Pesto for an easy pasta dinner.

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Berry Crisp

This Berry Crisp is packed with an assortment of sweet berries and topped with a buttery oat crumble. A bit of orange zest in the filling puts this delicious summery crisp right over the top. This post is sponsored by Challenge Butter. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make My Baking Addiction …

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This Berry Crisp is packed with an assortment of sweet berries and topped with a buttery oat crumble. A bit of orange zest in the filling puts this delicious summery crisp right over the top.

Close up of berry crisp topped with vanilla ice cream on a gray plate

This post is sponsored by Challenge Butter. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make My Baking Addiction possible.

It is finally starting to feel like spring here in Ohio. I’m pretty sure the last snowfall of the season is behind us – even though it was just last week. Elle did get a calamity day out of it because the snow was so heavy it knocked out power in various parts of the city.

Everything is finally starting to green up and heck, we even have a bunny nest in our backyard. And if a cute, fluffy mama bunny doesn’t scream spring, I don’t know what does.

Another great thing about spring is that my local grocery store is brimming with sweet, fresh berries that actually taste good. Every week we load up on strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and Elle’s personal favorite – blackberries. All of which are absolutely perfect for this simple Berry Crisp.

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Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Forget boxed mixes or pre-packaged pudding cups. Making Homemade Vanilla Pudding is as easy as can be and the results are beyond delicious!  When I was a kid and even into my college years, I was a huge fan of pudding cups with a little dollop of Cool Whip or spray of Reddi-Wip. It was …

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Forget boxed mixes or pre-packaged pudding cups. Making Homemade Vanilla Pudding is as easy as can be and the results are beyond delicious! 

Vanilla pudding in a small white bowl, topped with whipped cream and fresh raspberries

When I was a kid and even into my college years, I was a huge fan of pudding cups with a little dollop of Cool Whip or spray of Reddi-Wip. It was the perfect after school snack or simple dessert to keep on hand in a college dorm fridge.

Then I just stopped eating the little snack packs and didn’t purchase them again for like 15 years.

However, one day a package of vanilla and chocolate swirl pudding cups caught Elle’s eye at the grocery store and ended up in our cart – with a can of Reddi-Wip of course. And now my sweet girl loves pudding just like her Mama.

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How to Bake Potatoes

Got a craving for a baked potato with all the fixings? Learn how to bake potatoes at home and you’ll never need to head to a restaurant for a perfectly fluffy potato again! Who else loves a fluffy restaurant baked potato? There’s just something about ordering a steak at a restaurant with a baked potato …

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Got a craving for a baked potato with all the fixings? Learn how to bake potatoes at home and you’ll never need to head to a restaurant for a perfectly fluffy potato again!

Two loaded baked potatoes on a white plate

Who else loves a fluffy restaurant baked potato?

There’s just something about ordering a steak at a restaurant with a baked potato on the side, all loaded up with butter, sour cream, cheese, and chives. It’s fluffy and creamy and salty and so good.

Don’t get me wrong. I love potatoes every which way. Twice-baked potatoes, jo jo potato wedges, scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes

But there’s just something about a baked potato with salty, crispy skin. 

You can even use baked potatoes in recipes like baked potato soup!

So let’s learn how to bake potatoes so we can enjoy a restaurant-style side dish right at home.

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New Year

It feels a bit surreal to write a new year. I recognize that a new year doesn’t mean much more than a shifting page on the calendar except with it also comes a collective consciousness of hope, prayers of peace and intentions for growth. And that, I believe, is where the shift happens. There is… Read more »

It feels a bit surreal to write a new year. I recognize that a new year doesn’t mean much more than a shifting page on the calendar except with it also comes a collective consciousness of hope, prayers of peace and intentions for growth. And that, I believe, is where the shift happens.

There is great power in hope. In a deep belief that better days are ahead of us. There is massive strength in intention. With it brings a listening ear, seeing eyes and an open heart for where to live out of that intention.

We also know that after a year like 2020 whatever we think we can control and aspire to is ultimately outside of us and yet, here we are. We not only survived but I’m sure in many areas, ways that most likely surprised us, we thrived.

2020 was a year of great discomfort. Because we felt the lack of control so fundamentally and daily, I’m sure many of you, like myself, felt the body tightening anxiety and apathetic ache of depression at times. Every day revealed death, suffering and an end to normalcy. The privileged and comfortable lenses that hid my eyes from injustice fell away and the world will never look the same. And still beauty exists. We may have had to look harder or see it in simplicity; like a perfectly made cup of coffee, a profound sentence that shifts us to the core, or a sweet cherry tomato grown in your own garden. But it’s there.

In that great discomfort and dis-ease I found a truer version of me. And I’m certain many of you could say the same.

As the calendar has steadily, albeit slowly, marched towards a new year, a new beginning, I’ve thought often of myself standing at the cusp of 2020. I imagine myself like Ebenezer Scrooge, getting visited by a ghost from the future. This ghosts paints a dire picture of the coming year. The death, loss, heartbreak, isolation, financial stress, division… okay, I’ll stop.

I would have punched that ghost in the face and ran for cover.

I can’t help but think that had I known all that were to happen in 2020 I’m not sure I would believe it to be survivable and yet here we are.

We survived and I truly believe that in many ways were stronger than ever. I’m taking that truth with me into the new year and all the years to come. Whatever comes we can survive it. Even when it feels un-survive-able. Hour by hour. Day by day. And in a few moments of grace you’ll forget you’re simply surviving and you’ll notice goodness, beauty, love and these are the things that keep pushing us forward.

So I am leaving 2021 plans without resolutions. Without specific goals. Instead I want to focus on the values and intentions I want to bring to each and every day. How I see the world and what I can bring to it; these are the things I can control.

One of my resounding values that I hold dear is to find the beauty in each and every day. I hope that perhaps together we can find and bring beauty to a world that so desperately needs it.

Happy New Year.

 

Holiday Stovetop Potpourri (with Printable Gift Tags!)

Simmer a batch of this Holiday Stovetop Potpourri to make your house smell like Christmas! Or package it up and gift it to a friend to let them know you’re thinking of them. I don’t know what it is about this time of year that makes me want to clean and organize all the things. …

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Simmer a batch of this Holiday Stovetop Potpourri to make your house smell like Christmas! Or package it up and gift it to a friend to let them know you’re thinking of them.

Stovetop potpourri in a glass jar with a gift tag tied to it

I don’t know what it is about this time of year that makes me want to clean and organize all the things.

Maybe it’s because I find myself spending way too much time on the cleaning side of TikTok, or maybe it’s because I pulled a jar of cinnamon sticks from my cabinet two weeks ago that expired in 2015.

Not exactly sure, but here we are.

Once I pulled the 5-year-old cinnamon sticks from my cabinet, I decided to just pull out every single jar, check the expiration dates, decant some of them and organize them a bit.

Along with 3 jars of cinnamon sticks I also some found some cloves, star anise and ginger that needed to used, so I whipped up a batch of stovetop potpourri the next day.

Let me tell you, I can’t get enough of the festive scent that it puts in the air.

Move over Bath & Body Works Hot Cocoa & Cream candle, there’s a new fave scent in town!

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