Strawberry season just got a bit sweeter to enjoy with this easy prep, show stopping gluten free strawberry pie!
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It’s strawberry picking season!
Strawberry season always makes its debut here in Michigan right around the Summer Solstice, so it always feels like the official start to summer to me! That first week or so of real warm summer temperatures in the beginning of June ripens those beautiful berries making them absolutely burst with sweet strawberry juice!
My strawberry picking crew, and a new fun treat!
We met up with friends on the first day of picking this year, and berries were so plentiful, making for very easy picking. The kids had a ball, the littles had strawberry juice all over their faces, and my older kids were asking for a strawberry treat when we got home! It’s been a while since I’ve made strawberry pie, so I decided that was definitely something we deserved to have on our menu this week! The girl were more than happy to help at the thought of strawberry pie for dessert!
Busy mommas…hear me out!
Dear momma, I know the last thing we have time for right now is a fancy pie crust! So I decided to show you how to make this special, simple little pie with a rustic galette style crust. If you have a favorite pie crust, you can use that, and if you don’t, you can use the one in the recipe card below. Instead of a fussy, fancy edge, you’ll simply be folding the crust edges right over the top of the pie filling – it is so easy!
Notes on the strawberry filling
This strawberry filling is about as simple as it gets. A little starch to soak up and thicken the strawberry juices, and a bit of sugar. I used 1/2 cup of sugar, but truly these strawberries were already like candy, so I think I could have even gotten away with just 1/4 cup. If you are using store bought berries, or your berries are out of season, you may want to stick with the 1/2 cup and even bump it up a little if needed. It is, after all, a pie! Such a special treat!
What if I don’t have the cast iron skillet?
I absolutely adore using my cast iron for pies, but if you don’t have one, you can use a 9 or 10 inch pie plate. I used a 10-inch cast iron for this pie for reference. You may want to watch the baking time a bit using a pie plate as different materials (cast iron versus a glass or metal pie plate) conduct heat differently.
Can I use other summer berries?
Absolutely! Use what is in season. My girls are already dreaming of blueberry season in July and raspberries for August. I think blackberries would be amazing as well. My oldest even made the connection, thinking out loud as we were making this pie, that we could definitely make this pie again with the rest of our summer berry picking! Smart kid 😉
Gluten Free Strawberry Pie
FOR THE PIE CRUST ::
- 2 cups Namaste Gluten Free Flour Blend
- 2 tbsp organic pure cane sugar
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 11 tbsp cold butter cold organic palm shortening works if you are dairy free
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 egg beaten
- Cane Sugar to sprinkle the top of the crust
FOR THE STRAWBERRY PIE FILLING ::
- 3 pints of strawberries about 7-8 cups after cutting (hulled and cut into halves if small berries, or quartered if larger)
- 1/3 cup tapioca starch
- ½ – ¾ cup organic cane sugar
- Pinch of sea salt
Make the crust ::
- Put the flour, sugar, and salt into a food processor and pulse 5 times to mix. Add the butter, and blend until the butter is incorporated making little bits in the flour. Add the water to the drip cup on the lid of the food processor, and press blend until the dough comes together. This takes about a minute.
- Wrap the pie crust dough in plastic wrap and set it in the fridge to chill for 1 hour.
- Get the crust into the skillet ::
- Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Flour a counter surface with the Namaste flour or rice flour and roll out your dough. You’ll want to leave it wider than your 10-inch skillet so you have enough to fold over the top. Gently set the crust into your 10-inch skillet, and softly press it down the sides. Brush the bottom and sides of the crust with the beaten egg. This keeps the crust from getting soggy.
Make the filling and assemble the pie ::
- Put the filling ingredients into a medium mixing bowl, gently mix, and pour the prepared strawberry filling into the crust.
- Fold the edges of the pie over the filling, brush the top of the crust with the beaten egg, and sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake the pie at 400 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Let the pie cool completely before cutting.