Did y’all know that I was born and raised in the Winter Strawberry Capital of the WORLD?! That’s right! Plant City, Florida! And in case you don’t know where that is…here ya go:
This time of the year (January through March) is one of my favorite times in my hometown. When driving through the country, all of the fields are full of the short, dark-green-with-pops-of-red plants that are STRAWBERRIES.
And if you get stuck in a traffic jam, it’s probably because you’re behind a truck carrying flats of strawberries. (The negative is that they go slow. The positive is that your car smells AMAZING!)
And in February and March (this year, February 26 – March 8 specifically) the annual Florida Strawberry Festival is held! Now, this is no little small-town gathering – it’s a huge deal! You can CLICK HERE to visit the Strawberry Festival’s website and see – with headline entertainment like John Legend, Reba McIntyre, and Hunter Hayes, it’s a very busy event, full of fun for the whole family, fantastic music, awesome rides and displays and contests, and all things STRAWBERRY.
So when I realized that this Friday (January 23) was National Pie Day, it dawned on me (and my husband STRONGLY agreed) that I had not made a Strawberry Pie yet this season. In fact, he pointed out, “You haven’t made strawberry ANYTHING yet? What gives?!” (Did I mention that he was born and raised in Plant City, too?! It’s in the blood, folks!)
So, in honor of my hometown, and National Pie Day, may I present: Easy Strawberry Cream Pie!
I snagged this recipe from Nikki over at Chef in Training, and if you have not been to her blog, GO THERE! She has some fantastic recipes, this one being no exception!
- 1 cooked pie crust, Cook according to pie crust directions
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ½ tsp. vanilla or almond extract
- 18-20 strawberries, cut in halves
- 1 Tbsp. shortening or oil
- ½ cup milk chocolate chips
Yes, I make my pie crusts from scratch, and I even wrote a blog post about them! So if you want an EASY from-scratch pie crust recipe (seriously, you won’t believe how easy it is) CLICK HERE for that post!
For all the prep details from Nikki, CLICK HERE!
And here’s how my pie turned out:
The thing I LOVE about this pie is the ratio of the strawberries and the cream, with just the right little pop of chocolate added, as well! Plus, it turns out beautifully, and every time I have taken it to a gathering, it has been gobbled up in a matter of minutes! I think you can see why!
So what about you? Do YOU like strawberries? What is your favorite way to use them? Is your hometown famous for something? I’d love to hear all about it! Oh, and how will YOU celebrate National Pie Day on Friday? You know what I think!
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