Fresh Strawberry Pie

Here it is, the third and final recipe made with the 8 quarts of strawberries we picked while staying with my parents in Wisconsin in June.

kids berry picking

1 quart was turned into Strawberry Honey Sorbet. 1 quart was turned into No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream. Almost 2 quarts became this incredible deep dish strawberry pie. The remaining half of the strawberries were gobbled up by mostly my kids.

My mom really wanted to make pie with the strawberries. I’m not the biggest pie fan. I have a thing against warm fruit. But I’m getting better, I’ll at least give it a go on occasion. But, of course, I had to try the stunning pie I watched her make with her grandsons!

pie filling

These strawberries were quite different than those I get from the Farmers Market here in California. They’re different from the Florida Strawberries you can find in the winter months (depending on where you live). These berries were small, dark, and slightly tart. They also let off a lot of juice. My mom likes her pies to be a little on the “runny” side compared to the average pie eater and we ended up having to take the boy’s {clean} Tylenol syringe to syphon off some juice.

berry picking

The recipe for the pie dough was handed down from my grandmother and it’s my mom’s all time favorite crust. Unlike myself, my mom opts to make her dough over buying one from the freezer section. After watching her make the crust in a matter of minutes, I really don’t see why I couldn’t do that from now on, too.

pie dough

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Ingredients for the crust:

  • 2 C flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 C vegetable oil
  • 1/4 C milk

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 7 C sliced strawberries
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 – 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter, cubed


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Make dough: Whisk flour and salt in a large bowl. Create a well in the center. In a measuring cup, combine the milk and oil. Pour into the flour and mix until combined. Form into two balls. Roll one of the pieces of dough between two sheets of wax paper into a large circle. Place in the bottom of a pie pan, patch up any tears.
  3. Make the filling: Combine ingredients in a large bowl. Adjust sugar to taste depending on the sweetness level of your strawberries. Spoon the filling into the pie pan, leaving excess juice behind. Dot with butter.
  4. Roll the remaining pie dough between two sheets of wax paper. Option to cut out stars for topping the pie, or simply lay the top crust on top with a couple of slits in the center.
  5. Bake 40 minutes, covered with foil. Bake another 30-33 minutes, uncovered, until golden and bubbly.

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We had a lot of fun with photography while the boys were playing in the backyard, going “old school” and putting the pie in the literal window to cool. Trust me, had the kids been inside, that pie would’ve been placed on top of the counter out of reach.

cell phone photos

And seriously, my all-time favorite photo of this pie is the one taken on my iPhone through the Instagram app. Check it out here! And if you don’t already, give me a little follow to keep up with our crazy life in between blog posts.

15 thoughts on “Fresh Strawberry Pie

  1. Great job! Just one “note”. Pie crust recipe says to measure oil and milk together and pour into a “well” in the flour- no idea why it should matter, but when it is in Busia’s handwriting, I follow directions. 😊

  2. How fun to be able to go out and pick your strawberries. Love that you use vegetable oil in your crust. So much better than shortening. Can’t wait to make this pie!

  3. I’m so loving your grandma’s crust recipe – I don’t think I’ve come across one using vegetable oil in it and I can’t wait to try this out. Such a delicious pie – it’s been ages since I went strawberry picking – those strawberries are so much more tastier than store bought ones for sure!

  4. Something rather lovely about baking as a family. I love that you’re baking with your Mother, who is using her Mother’s pastry recipe. The strawberry pie sounds and looks delicious. I know what you mean about the difference in strawberries, some can be quite tart. Can make quite a difference to the flavour or even consistancy.

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