Strawberry season is one of my favorite times of the year – all of those lush, sweet berries beckoning to be picked. Then once they have been picked, they need to be eaten, right?
At only 6 calories per large strawberry, I love to eat them au natural. But when I want to share them with friends and family, I use them to create pies, top cakes, and make strawberry bread which are perfect for sharing.
This recipe for Strawberry Pie comes from the Georgia Church Suppers cookbook. The pie has four layers: pie crust, sweetened cream cheese, strawberry goodness, and whipped cream. What’s not to love?
This recipe comes from Whispering Pines Baptist Church in Hephzibah, Georgia. One bite and you might think you hear angels singing.
- 1 unbaked pie crust
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
- Powdered sugar to taste
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1-pint cartons fresh strawberries, divided
- ¾ cup sugar
- Dash black pepper
- 1/3 cup water plus 1 tablespoon divided
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Whipped cream
- With a fork, poke holes in pie crust to release air that would otherwise bubble up and make a lumpy pie crust. Bake pie crust according to package directions; cool.
- With an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until soft. Spread in cooled crust; store in fridge until ready to add strawberries.
- In a saucepan, mash 1 ½ cups berries; add sugar, pepper, and 1/3 cup water. Bring to a boil. Add cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water to sauce; cook until thickened.
- Place remaining berries in pie crust; pour sauce over berries. Allow to chill 2 hours.
- Top with whipped cream and enjoy.
Recipe reprinted with permission from Georgia Church Suppers, copyright 2016.
This Strawberry Pie is just one recipe from among Georgia Church Suppers, the ultimate church cookbook featuring favorite recipes from Baptist churches across the state of Georgia. In addition to the recipes, each church is featured with a full-color profile of the church letting you know what makes it special. If you are traveling or moving to Georgia and would like to attend a church service, Georgia Church Suppers provides you with information to know about select churches throughout the state.
Recipes in Georgia Church Suppers
The chapters and some of the recipes in the corresponding chapters are:
- Appetizers – Buffalo Chicken Dip, Ham Ball, and Cheese Straws
- Soups & Salads – Easy Taco Soup, Brunswick Stew, Frito Corn Salad, and Miss Elizabeth’s Autumn Apple Salad
- Vegetables & Side Dishes – Squash Casserole, Carrot Souffle, and Broccoli and Rice Casserole
- Main Dishes – Easy Turkey Dressing, Chicken & Dumplings, Chicken Bog, and Meatballs Geneva
- Desserts & Other Sweets – Momma’s Sweet Potato Pie, Sizemore Pie, Cold Oven Pound Cake, and Cornflake Candy
Whether you are Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian, etc. you’re bound to enjoy each the delicious recipes that are church potluck worthy.