Fourth of July is right away the corner and I have some wonderful desserts to share with you! Many of you have parties and barbecues this weekend so I wanted to share a few desserts in case you haven’t decided on one to make. And I also wanted to get you in the festive spirit :).
The first dessert I have for you is Rustic Strawberry Pie. I say "Rustic" because this strawberry pie is different than the usual. The main difference is that the dough is baked in the bottom of a pie pan so it comes out shorter and flatter. Then the crust is topped with fresh strawberries and nothing else. No jam, no whipped cream, no cream, no custard – just strawberries. Doing this really highlights the fresh and natural taste of the strawberries. Strawberries are in season now, so they have the perfect sweet taste. There is no need to add anything else – the strawberries taste great on their own.
I used a different pie dough than I normally use recipe for this pie. Instead of my go-to recipe, I used a recipe I got from Baking Illustrated. The only difference in this recipe is that it includes shortening in addition to the butter. This combination of shortening and butter produces a crust that is both flaky and tender. The flakiness comes from the butter and the tenderness comes from the shortening. An all butter crust (which is what I normally make) is almost exactly the same in texture just slightly less tender, but just as good!
With this pie having only 2 main components, pie crust and strawberries, both have to be very good. As long as the pie crust is buttery and flaky, you’re good to go! And just make sure that you have sweet and ripe strawberries. If your strawberries aren’t ripe then they will taste bitter and not sweet and not compliment the pie crust.
I added a scoop of ice cream with each piece to add a creamy texture. And who doesn’t like ice cream with pie?! You can always add a dollop of whipped cream as well. Or just eat it plain. It's good either way! Enjoy :)!