Our markets are full of local strawberries and I choose mine by smell as much as taste. I have made this pie for years but recently have switched to a shortbread crust. My Scottish ancestors would scold me for substituting AP flour for the traditional rice flour I use in my cookies. I think the AP makes a sturdier crust. Be sure to let the crust completely cool before piling on the berries and, yes, you will need three baskets of fruit for this fresh-tasting strawberry pie. —Lizthechef
stick of unsalted butter, cut into pieces and at room temperature
organic cane sugar or white sugar
1 1/4 cups
baskets washed strawberries, trimmed and hulled, divided use
Combine the butter and sugar, using a fork. Add the egg yolk and mix well. Add the flour and use your fingers to make a crumbly dough. Pat into a 9 inch pie plate and chill in fridge for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove crust from fridge, prick holes with a fork and line the crust with buttered parchment paper (buttered side down) and pie weights or beans. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove weights and parchment. Bake for five more minutes until lightly browned.
Cool completely (in fridge) before adding strawberries.
Place two boxes of berries in crust, points up.
Mash one box of berries with potato ricer and set aside.
Heat water, sugar and cornstarch in medium-sized sauce pan and cook over medium heat until thick. Add the mashed berries and heat until thickened once again. (This will happen quickly). Stir in lemon zest and juice.
Pour mixture over berries in crust. Chill pie in fridge for about 4 hours before serving.