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Strawberry Icebox Pie

Because only some of the berries are cooked and just a small amount of thickener is used, this pie has a fresh, true strawberry flavor.

  • prep: 30 mins
    total time: 50 mins
  • servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 10 graham crackers (2 1/2 by 5 inches)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 2 quarts strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced (a few whole berries reserved for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, blend graham crackers with 2 tablespoons sugar until finely ground; add butter and pulse until crumbs are moistened. Press mixture into the bottom and up the side of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake until crust is lightly browned, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine 3/4 cup sugar, cranberry juice, 2 cups strawberries, cornstarch, and salt. Using a potato masher, gently mash strawberries. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until very thick, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Stir in remaining strawberries. Pour into cooled pie crust. Refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours (or up to 1 day).

  3. Step 3

    In a large bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar over cream and continue to beat until soft peaks return (do not overbeat). Spread whipped cream over pie, leaving a 1 1/2-inch border around edge. Garnish with whole berries.

Source
Everyday Food, June 2009

Reviews (14)

  • 17 Jun, 2013

    Wonderful pie and easy to make, not one crumb was left! Made this for a graduation treat since strawberries are my son's favorite. His immediate request was "can you make this again?" If you love strawberries you have to try it.

  • 17 Jun, 2013

    Wonderful pie and easy to make, not one crumb was left! Made this for a graduation treat since strawberries are my son's favorite. His immediate request was "can you make this again?" If you love strawberries you have to try it.

  • 28 Dec, 2012

    This is a yummy pie on a hot summer day!

  • 13 Jun, 2012

    Great recipe and will only get better as the summer berries get sweeter! There weren't any nice strawberries at the market, so I used blueberries and about a 1/2 cup of blackberries instead. Also, substituted fresh lemon juice for cranberry.
    Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly and it came out really well! Looking forward to making this again.

  • 9 Apr, 2012

    Love it. Didn't have cranberry juice on hand so I used apple juice with lemon zest. I used the thickened fruit because I tasted strawberry pie with gelatin at a restaurant and just don't care for jello as the "glue."
    Next time I will try more fresh strawberries and less of the cooked berries. Have had that at a cafe and liked it.

  • 9 Apr, 2012

    I edited this recipe based on the previous reviews. It turned out wonderful and was very well received at Easter dinner. I cut down the cornstarch to 2 tablespoons and added 2 tablespoons plain Knox gelatin and 1 tablespoon strawberry flavored gelatin. I also doubled the whipped cream recipe as the half cup was not enough to sufficiently cover the pie as the directions indicated, (to leave a 1 & 1/2 inch border from edge of pie). Everything else I followed true to the recipe. Will make again

  • 13 Aug, 2011

    I will try this recipe again, although definitely with gelatin.

  • 13 Aug, 2011

    I've used a different recipe for strawberry pie which came out beautifully, except that it had a regular pastry crust. Since I was looking for something lighter I decided to try this one. However, based on my experience with the other recipe I should been suspicious about the amount of cornstarch and the lack of gelatin. This one turned out to be a complete mess it fell all apart and tasted quite chalky, even though my mother was too nice to say anything.

  • 23 Jul, 2011

    Has anyone done this w/fresh blueberries?

  • 28 Jun, 2010

    I ts amazing

  • 10 Jun, 2010

    I make a pie like this except I throw in a half a cup of frozen cranberries with the strawberries into the sauce instead of the cranberry juice. It makes a beautifully red sauce with just a hint of tartness. I hadn't ever seen a recipe that used cranberries until this one - - great minds must think alike. :)

  • 31 Mar, 2010

    Amazing! This is the best pie in the world. It is so easy to make this yummy pie. Perfect for summer!

  • 28 Jul, 2009

    This dessert is divine! I love strawberries and this showcases them perfectly. It was quite easy to make and looks beautiful upon completion. This is definitely a new summer staple.

  • 28 Jul, 2009

    This dessert is divine. I love strawberries and this showcases them perfectly. It was quite easy to make and tasted wonderful. This will be a new summer staple! It looks lovely as well!