Summer Strawberry Pie with Shortbread Crust

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Dessert, grain-free, Paleo, potluck | 19 comments

Summer Strawberry Pie with Shortbread Crust

I remember the first time I had strawberry pie.

strawberry pie

I thought it was disgusting.

In my defense, it probably was. It was made with strawberry Jello, and I’m guessing a whole lot of white sugar. The pie crust was store bought, which to me, tasted like chemicals. Store bought pie crusts were a thing of mystery to me, since the only pie crusts made in my mom’s house were made from scratch with a lot of swearing. (I learned from a young age that the more difficult a pie crust was to handle, the better the end result)

Fast forward 20 something years, and the pie crusts made in my house are made with an assortment of grain-free flours, and I’m actually seeking out gelatin. But not the day-glo stuff we’ve come to associate with hospitals and school cafeterias, but the good stuff. It turns out that gelatin is pretty damn good for us when it comes from good sources. I could go on, but I’d be amazed if you were still reading this, considering there’s a recipe for strawberry pie right around the corner. I know that Grass Fed Girl and Balanced Bites have all sorts of nerdy nutrition fun about how good it is for you… Some good reads for you while the pie is cooling!

Having a flat of strawberries from the Farmers Market inspired me to give this bad memory of a pie a paleo makeover. The simple shortbread crust is barely sweet, and holds up remarkably well to the sweet berries that are held together by strawberry puree and gelatin.

And [spoiler alert] it’s even better with whipped cream, dairy or coconut, whichever you prefer.



Summer Strawberry Pie with Shortbread Crust

For the Crust:

2 tablespoons butter, melted (coconut oil for a dairy-free version)
2 tablespoons honey
1 large egg, well beaten
1 ½ C almond flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons arrowroot (plus more for dusting)
1 tablespoon coconut flour
⅛ t salt

For the filling:

2 pounds strawberries, washed and hulled
2 1/4 teaspoons grassfed gelatin
1/2 cup water

  • Make the crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine the melted butter, honey, and beaten egg in a small bowl. 
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, arrowroot, and salt.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir / knead to combine. It should be just a little but sticky, but still kneadable. If it’s too wet, add a teaspoon of arrowroot at a time until it comes together.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until chilled. (If you’re feeling really impatient, you can skip this step, but it helps make rolling out easier)
  6. Roll out a 10 inch circle on a sheet parchment paper, dusting with arrowroot if it’s still sticky. Carefully wrap the dough around the rolling pin to transfer it to a 9 inch pie dish.
  7. Trim the edges so they’re as even as possible, and then crimp the top.
  8. Bake at 350 for 14-18 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Allow to cool. (I put it in the fridge on a rack after it’s cooled at room temp for a bit)
  • Meanwhile, make the filling:
  1. In a blender, puree 1/4 of the strawberries in a blender with 1/2 cup of water. 
  2. Pour into a small saucepan and heat until just steaming.
  3. Sprinkle the gelatin over the top and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes before whisking in.  (If it doesn’t all dissolve completely, just return to the blender and puree again) Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  4. Slice remaining strawberries and place in a large bowl.
  5. Once the gelatin mixture is cooled down, toss with the strawberries and pour into the cooled pie crust.
  6. Return to the fridge to cool and set completely. (Walk away!)
  7. If desired, top with coconut whipped cream (or regular whipped cream if you’re a dairy eater.)

To make coconut whipped cream: Go back in time and put a can of coconut milk in the fridge. The next day (today!), Open it without shaking, and scoop off just the thick cream that has settled at the top. Whip as you would regular cream, adding honey and/or vanilla if you’d like.

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  1. Looks epic!! Thanks for he link!

  2. I made this last night and we had it for brunch today. PERFECTION. My husband LOVED this pie. I can’t believe there are only 2 tbsp of honey in the entire recipe. Another amazing recipe Simone – thank you!

  3. swoon!

  4. Excellent! Came out perfect, Loved it :)) thank you for your awesome recipes!

  5. This turned out perfectly! Thank you again! I am working my way through all of your recipes and haven’t had a fail yet. :)

  6. This was AMAZING!!!!!! I ate the whole thing almost by myself!

  7. This pie looks so good!, trying to eat grass fed gelatin.

  8. Do you think I could use frozen strawberries? I have a ton of them in the freezer that I need to do something with.

  9. I’m also wondering if I could do this with blueberries since a friend just picked 18 lbs. Maybe with a little honey to balance the tartness? I wonder how many I would need to use since I’m not sure 2lbs is the same volume.

    • I think blueberries would work! I’m guessing there might be an issue with the amount of liquid in blueberries vs strawberries. Since you have so many, I would try an abbreviated version to see how it sets, before pouring it into a pie crust. It would be a shame to make a crust if it didn’t work out! Re: frozen strawberries, I think it would be a similar situation with the liquid, they change a bit when frozen, but I bet it will still work and be delicious. Let me know how it turns out!

  10. Awesome!

  11. I let the crust sit in the fridge too long and it fell apart when I tried to roll it out so I scrapped the whole thing before I realized that maybe I could just press it into a tart pan or pie plate? Ever tried that? since it was called a “shortbread” crust, it seemed that might be ok. Any advice on this would be great!

    • I think that would work just fine! I haven’t tried it with this recipe, but I think as long as the thickness is about right it will work. If it’s just a temperature issue, anyway. If it’s an actual recipe issue, the crust might be too dry. I’ve found that a slightly smaller egg can result in that. If that’s the case, you can beat another egg and add a tiny bit until it comes together properly. I hope it worked the first time. though!

      • My hens lay giant eggs so that’s not it– your recipe is fine. I left the crust in there for 5 days and honey is hydroscopic (I think that’s it?) and attracts water so it dried out. I should have just done a galette with it. I’m trying again tomorrow and I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for the reply!

  12. It can take time to make a pie, especially if you are making the crust from scratch, but the end result is always more delicious! Thanks for sharing this perfect summer recipe.

  13. I love this recipe!! I’ve made it several times with strawberries and several times with peaches. I was so excited when strawberry season came again so I could make this for Easter. I doubled the recipe for the crust before realizing I didn’t buy enough strawberries to make two pies. I didn’t have any other fruit in the house, so I decided to dump half a bag of Enjoy Life chocolate chunks on the extra crust and put it back in the warm oven for a few minutes. I then used a spoon to swirl the melted chocolate around the crust to make an even layer. My husband tolerates dairy, so he ate some while the chocolate was still warm with some whipped cream. He said it was delicious. I let it sit on the counter over night and ate some this morning and tasted like Milano cookies. So good!!! I love this crust!!

  14. Unless I’m mistaken, this is the same crust in your recipe book. And I made it for Easter last night… but I have a huge quibble with you: IT’S TOO GOOD. Seriously, my husband, who generally snubs his nose at anything I bake because it’s different/paleo/etc., he ate a huge piece of the berry tart and LOVED it.

  15. Delicious!! Now _THIS_ is strawberry pie. I used the graham crust from He Won’t Know It’s Paleo to make it AIP-compliant. Yum.

    • mmmm awesome! I’m glad it was so easy to make it AIP compliant!


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