Sunday, May 03, 2009

Fresh Strawberry and White Chocolate Custard Pie

Fresh Strawberry and Chocolate PieStrawberries are coming on strong here and that means we're eating these gorgeous guys all the time.

It's hard for me to sacrifice fresh berries to a baked recipe when the fresh ones are hard to come by but this recipe from my Pillsbury pie magazine uses the best of both worlds: chocolate and strawberry with a luscious vanilla custard underneath so you can use the fresh berries without remorse.

Because the only thing better than a fresh strawberry is a fresh strawberry covered in white chocolate.

Crust
one refrigerated pie crust, prebaked according to package directions and cooled

Filling
1 2/3 cups milk
1 package (or teaspoon) unflavored gelatin
1 4-ounce box vanilla pudding mix (not instant)
3/4 cup white chocolate baking pieces
1 cup whipping cream

Topping
1 quart fresh strawberries, cleaned
3 tablespoons white chocolate baking pieces
2 teaspoons vegetable oil

In a saucepan mix together the milk and gelatin and let it stand five minutes. Stir in the pudding mix and cook over a medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Add 3/4 cup white chocolate baking pieces and stir until melted. Place plastic wrap over the surface of the pudding (directly on the surface) and refrigerate one hour. This keeps a skin from forming on the pudding as it cools.

Meanwhile, beat whipping cream on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 of whipped cream into cooled pudding mixture. Fold in remaining whipping cream. Spread pudding mixture in cooled baked shell.

Place berries, pointed ends up, over the surface of the pie, pressing them slightly into pudding to anchor them.

Melt the remaining white chocolate pieces and oil over low heat until melted and combined then drizzle over the top of the berries. Chill three hours before serving.

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25 comments:

JanMary said...

I know what you mean about baking with fresh strawberries but that looks so delicious.

I am wondering what I could use as a substitute for the vanilla pudding - not sure we have something like that here.

Thanks for visiting. Enjoying glorious weather (i.e. not rain!) here in N Ireland this weekend.

Serena said...

I know--why on earth would you cook fresh strawberries? This looks wonderful. A fancier alternative to my favorite of strawberries and whipped cream. (I have a weakness for whipped cream.)

One Mom said...

This sounds like a perfect indulgence...I think I could even talk myself into thinking it's "healthy" - you know, because of the fresh fruit and all!

jacjewelry said...

This looks amazing! We just picked some strawberries at a local farm, but those are wayyyy too good to use for baking. Fresh ones from the store though will do. :)

CWDkids said...

This pie looks so yummy! I think I am going to make it for my mother for Mother's Day next week.

Thank you!

Ashley, with CWDkids
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Heather said...

MmmmmM! That looks AWESOME! Will you come here and be my Mommy??? LOL! :o)

Jill in MA said...

I think I just gained 3 pounds reading this post! Mmmmmm.....

angie said...

This looks amazing. I just happen to have a flat of strawberries sitting on my counter now, too. :)

Melissa B. said...

Yummy...and my youngest is a real berry nut, too. Thanks for this, I'll try it soon! And speaking of recipes, please don't forget Sx3 today. We're celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Tex-Mex cookbook giveaway!

Renna said...

That looks positively decadent! To look (and sound!) that fantastic, the recipe looks suprisingly simple. I plan to wow guests with that soon. Thank you for sharing!

Sucharita Sarkar said...

This looks yummy, but I guess indulging in a lot of these would lead to the tooth-in-hand kind of scary pictures shown in your blog a few posts back ;)

Blessed said...

OK this sounds YUMMY! Thanks for the great recipe.

Pam D said...

Can we all just say "Yum-my!"? All together now.. one.. two.. three... ! That is gorgeous; I might just have to make it for myself for Mother's Day!

cndymkr / jean said...

Wow. Now that is a dessert! I'm thinking chocolate pudding and chocolate drizzled on top, but that's just me.

Heart2Heart said...

Michelle,

This looks amazing! I have to try this! We have a Farmer's Market on Thursday so you know where I will be. Sounds like a great desert to have on Mother's Day!

Another awesome blog idea and thanks for your comment! You are my inspiration!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Cynthia said...

That pie is gorgeous! My mother-in-law would really like that. I don't live nearby to make it for her, so maybe I'll send her the link.

CountessLaurie said...

Ahhh sweet heaven, strawberries in white chocolate... This looks sooo delicious. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!!

Jolanthe said...

got around to checking blogs late tonight and I just have to say that is just not right.

there is no way I'm going out at 10:30pm to get the ingredients for this pie.

But I really want to.

Just plain mean. sigh.

Madeline said...

Wow...that looks absolutely mouthwateringly delicious! I love fresh strawberries. They get eaten up so fast, I can't imagine cooking with them.

Lisa @ Work at Home Mom Revolution said...

That looks so good. I was just thinking today that it's time to go pick strawberries. My daughter's having a graduation party next weekend, and this would make a great dessert.

Omah's Helping Hands said...

That looks sooooo delicious! This is one recipe I'm definitely going to try. Thank you for sharing. White chocolate is my favorite.

Melissa said...

Oh my word! That looks so good! I think I will have to try that soon - like as soon as I get back from the grocery store!

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

it looks so pretty!

Beverlydru said...

I keep returning to look at this photo - it's SO beautiful. I bought some white chocolate/Raspberry yogurt in an effort to remove my desire to make this. It didn't work. LOL.

jubilee said...

Oh, good grief! I felt my insulin rising just reading this recipe. I am so trying this!