7/10/2014

Homemade Gluten-Free Strawberry Pie

I'm a pie person... not a cake person, a pie person.  Yes, I'm a firm believer that a good pie can beat all other desserts.  But a fresh strawberry (gluten-free!!!) pie? mmmm, you've got me.  I made this pie last week because we had tons of strawberries just waiting to be devoured in the form of a pie and because summer truly doesn't feel like summer until you've made a strawberry pie, am I right or am I right?  My sister was here when I wanted to make this pie and since she is gluten intolerant I was on the hunt for a killer (not literally, I promise) gluten-free pie crust.  All of the recipes called for weird particularly special flours, and since all I had was gluten-free all-purpose flour, I continued searching for "the recipe".  Eventually I came across a very simple to-the-point recipe that used the gluten-free all-purpose flour that I had, win win!  Aaaand it was a Martha Stewart recipe, win win again!  We (my family and I) were so thrilled with the crust.  It defiantly had a little bit of a grainier texture to it but I personally loved that about it.  The crust was perfectly flaky and all around a keeper.  Even though I'm not gluten-free... I'm still going to make this crust again, it was that good!  


One thing that I must worn you about is that the crust is a little more fragile than most.  So just be  more gentle with it and if it tears, who cares!  Just patch it up and move on.  This pie doesn't have to be perfect... embrace the messy and work with what you have.  TIP:  If the dough is so brittle that you can't even work with it at all, try putting it in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

Do you know what really made me happy about this pie?  The filling held together perfectly and the bottom of the crust wasn't soggy!  Yes, to me this was worth getting excited about... 

P.S. Taking a day trip up to Michigan (4 hour drive) to celebrate my sister's birthday today!    

Gluten-Free Strawberry Pie            pie crust recipe via Martha Stewart

  • FOR THE CRUST
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold butter, cut into small pieces 
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons ice water

  • FOR THE FILLING
  • 4 cup strawberries (cut into small chunks)
  • 2 tablespoon real maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoon corn starch mixed with just enough water to make it a thick liquid
  • whipped cream


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  In a food processor (I just used a bowl and a pastry dough blender), pulse flour and salt until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles fine meal, with no large pieces of butter remaining.  Add egg and 2 tablespoons ice water, then pulse until well combined and dough holds together when squeezed, 1 minutes. If necessary, add up to 2 tablespoons more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time.  Next, roll dough out to fit a 9-inch pie pan.  (You will need extra flour for dusting your work surface.)  Carefully transfer dough to pie pan and poke holes all over bottom and sides of the crust.  Place a piece of parchment paper in the pie pan and add dry beans to weigh the dough in place and to keep it from shrinking.  Bake for 15-20 minutes then let cool completely.

Place strawberries, maple syrup, sugar, nutmeg, and corn starch and water mixture in a large bowl and stir until combined.  Pour mixture in cooled pie shell.  Spread whipped cream on top and refrigerate (this is optional but highly recommended).    

Serve and enjoy.

8 comments:

  1. This looks absolutely scrumptious!! I'll definitely have to make this sometime soon!!
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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  2. yes, pie people unite.
    strawberry pie is definitely a favorite- next to pumpkin and coconut cream, okay who am i kidding? i don't think i've ever tasted a pie that i haven't liked. :P

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  3. That looks superbly tasty! x

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  4. Yummy! I am going to have to try this one!

    Fondly,

    Jessica
    The eldest sister & singer

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  5. This looks so yummy! I *love* pies. And I'm gluten free. :) Fruit pies and summer time just seem to go together don't they?

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  6. This looks AMAZING. I will have to make this! And, as always, love your beautiful photography. <3

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  7. Ahhh can't even watch those pictures! I am gluten free and I love to cook at home but now I am in London on holidays for two months, that means no cooking :( This would be the first thing I will do when I get back home! :)

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