On Independence Day or any day, homemade strawberry pie deserves a place at your table! And you don't have to be a veteran baker to create this fantastic 4th of July dessert. Our easy Stars-and-Stripes Strawberry Pie recipe combines just a few simple ingredients (including store-bought piecrust) to create a celebration-worthy pie your guests are sure to love.
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- Preheat oven to 400˚F.
- To make the filling: Wash and de-stem strawberrries, and then slice into halves or fourths until you have 4 cups. Put the sliced strawberries into a saucepan. Sprinkle with the sugar, 4 tablespoons of flour and cinnamon, and then stir until the strawberries are coated with the dry ingredients. Cut the lemon into squeezable fourths. Squeeze the lemon juice from each slice onto the strawberries (watch for seeds or remove lemon seeds before squeezing). Add a ½ cup of water and stir until coated. Turn the burner heat on low and stir frequently until the berry syrup begins to slightly bubble. Do not let it come to a full boil. Remove from heat and set aside.
- To make the bottom crust: Sprinkle a little flour onto your clean work surface. Roll the dough an inch larger than your pie pan (Tip: Turn your pie pan upside down, lay it on top of the dough and trim the edge). Press the pie dough firmly into the bottom of the pan working your way up to the edge. Trim dough again if necessary. Set aside.
- To make the top crust: Sprinkle a little more flour onto your now doughy work surface. Roll out the second piece of dough just as you did the first. For our stars and stripes design: Cut 5 to 6, 1-inch wide strips the length of your pie pan. Partially cover the filling with the stars or stripes so the color of the fruit peeks through. Roll out dough scraps and cut a star for the corner. You can either trim the stripes to allow for the star or just lay the star on top of the strips.
- Using a slotted mixing spoon, scoop the strawberry mixture into the bottom piecrust. Not all the berry syrup is necessary. If you use it all, it might bubble over, so leave a little in the pan. Cut the butter into pieces and scatter on top of the strawberry filling. Gently use a spatula to pry top decorations from your work surface. Lay them on the filling. Brush with milk.
- Reduce oven temperature to 350˚F, and bake for 45 minutes or until crust turns golden brown and the filling bubbles. Let cool completely before serving.
*If frozen, thaw the pie dough according to packaging, but keep your thawed dough in the refrigerator while creating the filling.
Tip: Set the pie on a cookie sheet before baking in case it bubbles over in the oven.
You can make our Blue Sky Blueberry Pie with this same recipe. Just switch the fruit to 4 cups of de-stemmed blueberries and update the top crust decorations.