Thursday, May 26, 2011

Strawberry Sheet Pie


Strawberry season is right around the corner so I thought I would share another dessert that serves 20 good sized pieces or up to 30 smaller ones.  Make the pastry for the crust a day ahead and you will have half the work finished for the day of your party.   You'll only need half of the pastry. .the other half can be wrapped in two separate discs and frozen for double pie or two single pies.
  Dorothy is my friend who owns Sweet Dreams Luxury Inn and graciously shared her no fail pastry recipe with me  a few years ago.  If you look at the beautiful photos of their rooms. ..you can find me relaxing in the Morley Suite. :)

Dorothy's Pastry
  • 5 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pound Lard  (not shortening)   ( I use Tenderflake brand)
  • 1 egg and 1 tablespoon white vinegar and enough COLD water to make 1 cup
  1. Put the dry ingredients in a very large bowl.
  2. Stir it up with a pastry blender to evenly spread the ingredients through the flour.
  3. Cube the lard and cut it into the flour mixture until it is the size of oatmeal.
  4. Drizzle the water/egg/vinegar mixture over all the dry ingredients and stir with a fork until a shaggy dough forms.
  5. Dump it onto a pastry mat and pull together to form a large ball.  Don't over mix.
  6. Divide the pastry into half.  Divide half into two parts so that you will have three pieces all together.
  7. Wrap the three pieces separately in plastic wrap.  Chill.
  8. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  9. For this dessert, take the large piece of pastry and roll it onto a floured pastry mat or well floured counter large enough to come up the sides of a 13 X 18 X 1" cookie sheet .  Roll the pastry up onto your rolling pin and transfer to the cookie sheet.  Trim the edges along the top of the cookie sheet.
  10. Prick the dough with a fork every couple of inches and line the pastry with foil, pressing firmly onto the pastry, covering it all. ..extra does not need to be trimmed.
  11. Bake 10 minutes and then remove the foil and bake until evenly browned.  Do not under bake ..you want the pastry nice and crisp.  Cool for an hour before adding the first layer.
Cream Cheese Layer
  • 2 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese. ..may be light
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding powder
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  1. Beat the softened cream cheese together with the remaining ingredients and carefully spread evenly over the cooled pastry crust.
Strawberry Filling  ( I had enough strawberry filling left to make a small 8 inch pie which is really handy if you want to enjoy pie the next day but know there will be no leftovers)
  • 4 pounds strawberries diced (it makes it easier to cut nice slices if the strawberries are diced to about 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 large package strawberry gelatin
  1. Combine the sugar, and cornstarch in a large pot and stir to blend the cornstarch with the sugar.
  2. Add the water and bring to a boil, stirring the whole time.
  3. Add the package of gelatin and stir.
  4. Add the diced strawberries to the pot and allow to cool for to room temperature.
  5. Spoon the filling over the cream cheese layer and chill.
Beat 2 cups whipping cream, 1/2 cup sugar and several packages of whipping cream stabilizer or several tablespoons of vanilla instant pudding.  Using a pastry bag with a large star  tip. ..decorate and then slice and serve.

29 comments:

  1. Looks great for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  2. This looks so yummy! What is vanilla powder?

    ReplyDelete
  3. I really like this.... probably I'm going to prepare it soon ...thanks a lot, hugs, Flavia

    ReplyDelete
  4. That is one yummy looking pie! I really want to try it - maybe when the local strawberries come into season I'll get some & try it. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This sounds and looks fabulous. But what is tenderflake and instant vanilla powder?

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a great idea, to make a sheet pie! I will have to remember this one.

    ReplyDelete
  7. what a fun treat for the upcoming weekend! thanks for sharing! i love this, shockingly as i seem to love most all things i find on your page. always looking forward!
    -meg
    @ http://clutzycooking.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. I can't wait til the strawberries are in season here. THey are the best tasting for desserts like this one. Fresh!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Questions ..what is tenderflake. .you can use any Lard ..Tenderflake is just a Canadian name brand. And the instant powder was a omission error. .I meant to say instant vanilla pudding powder.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Looks very yummy.Can some one tell me where i can buy strawberry gelatin?

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love anything AND everything with strawberries! And I'll want to save that recipe for stuffed peppers for hubby! Hugs! ♥

    ReplyDelete
  12. gelatin is Jello. ..without using the name brand.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I just posted a link from my blog, Recipes from the Garden, because this looks so amazing. If you can give tips on how to cut the recipe down I would appreciate it very much. A recipe that feeds 30 won't work for my family of 3. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Oh this sounds heavenly. I love strawberry desserts and this is just a little different than a regular strawberry pie. I will definitely be trying it.
    Hugs,
    AMY

    ReplyDelete
  15. Oh wow. This recipe is definitely going in my to-do pile!

    ReplyDelete
  16. so pretty, love how vibrant it is.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh my this looks delicious! I love the sheet pie idea! I'm going to make this.

    I would love see your blog on FB. It would be great exposure.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Gee!! I could just dive right into that sheet!!! didn't know that (jello) was the same as gelation learn something new today again

    ReplyDelete
  19. Looks pretty and delicious..

    ReplyDelete
  20. I had this.. and it was just as good as it looks!

    ReplyDelete
  21. This looks super yummy for strawberry season! I would also be interested in a "smaller" version for my family of three.
    Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I always look for desserts that feed a crowd....will definitely try this one. thanks Lovella

    ReplyDelete
  23. I will post my comments on this pie, after I try it. From looking at the picture, this looks like a work of art!! For those who want smaller recipes, can I encourage you to keep up your math skills. Recall those math classes that taught you division. If you are really stuck, go to onlineconversion.com to help you go from cups to tablespoons or tablespoons to teaspoons.

    ReplyDelete
  24. lovella did you mean to use jello or like knox gelatine flavour one. sorry but I have never made anything with this. HELP!!!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Shirley. . unless you use Jello brand gelatin. .your other brand package of "jello" will be called gelatin. That is what jello is. Maybe in the states it is called something else?

    Jello is a name brand.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Mmm, that looks delish! I love a vinegar pie crust. Only kind I'll eat!

    ReplyDelete
  27. The strawberries in the stores are so good right now so just fouind this dessert to make. YUM! It is not actual gelatine you use but jelly powder. It comes in many flavors. Also in different brands like Jello, Western Family, Coop brand etc. I saw that this was somewhat confusing so hope this helps!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Wow, I bet this would be delicious with sweetened cherries and cherry gelatin.
    What do you think?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes Pat....wow...can't wait for Cherry season. Thanks for that suggestion.

      Delete