Summer Strawberry Pie

My first pie!!!!! I know that seems weird with all the cooking I do, but pastry and I are not such good friends. I enjoy baking every now and then but I steer very clear of dough because I just seem to be missing that special touch when it comes to rolling and transferring it. But, it was my sister's birthday and she was by us for Shabbat and she doesn't like to eat cake but how can there be no celebratory dessert for her birthday? So a few rummages through the pantry, fridge and freezer and this pie was born. At the end of the strawberry season I always go to the shuk and buy a crate of strawberries that I wash, clean and freeze in portioned amounts and store so I can have them for months past the strawberry season. I don't know if it was because the pie was for a special occasion or just because of sheer luck but I rolled and transferred and fluted the dough like a pro and felt so proud of myself!!! I served it with some vanilla scented whipped cream for a delicious and summery dessert. Enjoy!

For the dough:
2 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
3 Tbl sugar
2/3 cup shortening, butter or margarine
6 Tbl ICE cold water

2 Tbl milk or soy milk
2 Tbl sugar

In a bowl combine the flour, salt and sugar. Cut in the fat with a pastry cutter or your finger until the mixture has pea sized crumbs. With a fork, gently mix in the cold water. Divide the dough in two with one half being slightly larger then the other. Roll out the smaller piece and place it in a 9 inch pie plate. Fill the pie with the filling below and then roll out the second piece. Cover the top of the pie with the dough and flute or seal the edges. Brush the top of the pie with the milk and sprinkle on the sugar and then make a few slits in the dough. Bake on a lined baking sheet (likely some filling will drip out!) for 30-40 minutes until the crust is all golden brown.

For the filling:
4 cups strawberries, chunked
1- 11/4 cups of sugar (depending on how sweet your berries are)
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Mix the flour, cinnamon, salt and sugar together and gently toss in the strawberries and vanilla until fully coated.


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