Sunday, May 9, 2010

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie

Mother's Day! We needed some fresh hints of spring so I decided on strawberry pie. But we were also torn between something chocolate, we were celebrating a bunch of ladies after all!!! So this idea was born! And what a revelation! This pie is fresh and delicious that cures and need for chcolate.  

*See below for an additional crust recipe and a chocolate free variation*

Ingredients for the pie crust: (Although, you can use any pie shell you want)
1 cup of unbleached flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup of cold water

Ingredients for the pie:
2 quarts fresh strawberries- diced
3/4 cup unbleached sugar
3 TBSP cornstarch
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup chocolate chips
2 TBSP Heavy Cream

Ingredients for the homemade whipped cream:
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
3 TBSP powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

For the Olive Oil Pie Crust, simple mix the four, salt, sugar, olive oil into a crumb consistency. Add the water and stir into a ball. Dough will be very sticky. Roll out with lots of flour. Fill pie shell and fold under the edges to create the crust. Grease the bottom of another pie pan and put it in on top of your pie dough. This will hold your shell down in shape while you pre-bake it. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove the top pie pan and bake another 7-8 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.

Slice the strawberries into thin slices. Arrange 1 package of the diced strawberries into the prepared pie crust. Heat the other package of diced berries combined with sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. While that is heating, whisk together cornstarch and water. Stir the cornstarch mixture into boiling strawberry mixture. Reduce heat and simmer mixture until thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. If it does not thicken, make another small batch of the cornstarch paste. When thickened up, pour mixture over the raw berries in pastry shell.

Melt the chocolate chips over simmering water. Stir in cream. Then spread over the strawberry mixture. Chill for several hours before serving. 

In a small bowl, whip cream until it starts to thicken. Add 3 TBSP of powdered sugar and vanilla. Continue to whip on highest speed until soft peaks form. I covered the whole pie with the whipped cream You can serve it with just a spoonful on top if you like it better that way.

This pie was super easy! The most work was the pie shell. You can buy one if you wanted to. I tend to just make things because it's cheaper, but either way it is wonderful....Enjoy!!!!

My tiny helper!
*Recently I discovered a super quick and easy way to make pie crust. This one is an all butter crust made in the food processor!
Ingredients: Makes one crust. Double for a pie with a top crust.
1 1/4 cup of flour- I used whole wheat pastry flour
1 TBSP of sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick of cold butter- sliced into thin pieces
1/3 cup of cold water
Pulse the dry ingredients to combine. Add the butter and turn on until a fine "sand-like" crumb develops. Slowly add in the cold water, a little at a time, with the processor running. When your dough begins to form and ball up, it's ready. You may not use all the water. Remove and roll out onto a floured surface with a floured rolling pin. So easy!
* A chocolate free version is delicious too! Just omit the chocolate ingredients, and add in the zest and juice of one lemon to the simmering strawberries. Very fresh and light. 

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