Old Fashioned Strawberry Pie

I grew up eating “cooked” strawberry pie. I didn’t realize until recently that most people make strawberry pie without cooking the berries! I think there is very little else in this world as delicious as cooked strawberry pie so I encourage anyone who hasn’t tried it to give this recipe a whirl! It’s easy, an old-fashioned classic, and SO GOOD!! My husband, who is not really a dessert eater, could eat this entire pie in one sitting.
A pie is only as a good as its crust, and there are a lot of bad pie crusts out there! Most pies in restaurants and grocery stores are basically horrid because of bad pie crust! For good reason, pie crust can be tricky to master.
I grew up watching my mom make pie crust with ice water and crisco. A lot of work and a lot of love went into her pies, which were and still are, delicious. Then, several years ago, my mom introduced me to the following pie crust recipe, which is SO EASY and uses healthy canola oil. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Start with 2 cups flour

Add 1/2 cup canola oil

1 tsp salt

and 1/4 cup cold milk
(I know that sounds incredibly strange, but stick with me)

combine and mix by hand until dough forms

clean and prepare approximately 5 cups of strawberries

add 1 cup sugar

and 6 Tbls flour for thickener

(or substitute whatever thickener you prefer)

Back to the dough, flour your surface well and roll out your dough, reserve approx. 1/4 of your dough for the top crust

Transfer dough to your pie dish

Flute the edges

And use the remaining dough to make a top crust, I cut my remaining dough into strips and made lattice, but you can also just make a top to fit your pie dish

Bake at 425 degrees for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until crust browns and the berries are hot and bubbling.

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Old Fashioned Strawberry Pie
5 cups fresh strawberries
1 cup sugar
6 Tbls flour
For Crust:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup cold milk
Bake in 425 oven for 50 mins-1 hour or until golden brown/berries hot & bubbling


  1. Thanks for this fun recipe. I’m going to give this one a try this weekend. I grew up in Va Beach where we had a Strawberry Festival every Memorial Day weekend. I miss it for sure! This pie reminds me of my childhood. Thanks again for sharing!

  2. Wow, does that pie look awesome!! I cannot wait to try it out. We just went to the Strawberry Festival and bout a ton of strawberries home. What a perfect way to use them up! Thanks, I know my husband will be happy!

  3. My family loves strawberry pie. We will have to give your pie a try, it looks delish.! Thanks for your pie crust recipe, I’m going to give it a try too.

  4. Sounds and looks soooo delicious! We are so into pie at the moment, apple pie, that is. Your pie looks so delish, and the photos so easy to follow, that I’m going to just HAVE to make this pie (although cook I am not!), but it will have to wait until strawberries are back in season in our part of the world. Love your blog!xx

  5. Your mom’s pies (ALL of her desserts!) are memorable for sure!! I think if I use this recipe I MIGHT have a shot at success.

    And regarding your earlier post (should’ve been born a century ago), I’m right with you. I love to read a good book set in that era before I go to sleep, and then when I turn the lights out I imagine that I’m surrounded by a big farm with rolling hills. I should’ve been born Amish!

  6. thanks for the recipe! I’m definitely going to try that soon! I love the pictures too, I always find it so helpful! =)

  7. This looks and sounds delicious! My sous chef just walked by the computer as I was looking at the finished product picture and said, “OH, STRAWBERRY PIE!! You have to make that”…so it is definitely a go here!

    πŸ˜‰ amy

  8. That looks so good I can’t stand it! I will have to make this if I ever get strawberries again!

  9. I made this recipe for my mom’s birthday and the whole family loved it!! The crust is really good. I’m picky about crust and usually don’t even eat it, but this was good. Thank you!

  10. I was standing in the kitchen looking at the Holiday left over pie crust that was in fridge. I knew I had fresh strawberries that needed to be used. I also knew that I had never had heard of a baked strawberry pie. I looked through my cook books and could not find one baked strawberry pie recipe. Thank you so much for posting this. As I type this post, your baked strawberry pie is in my oven.

    A Mom in N.C.

  11. I noticed in the photo with the lattice that there are lumps of butter on top of the berries, but no mention of it in the recipe. I will add some butter but not much to try it that way. Any thoughts?

  12. @Anonymous- Yes, I sometimes add pats of unsalted butter to the top of any fruit pie before baking, just makes for an extra deliciously rich filling πŸ™‚ I’d suggest maybe 1/2 Tbl total, cut into smaller pieces and spaced throughout the top. Completely optional.

  13. I have this pie recipe in the oven as I type this! If it tastes as good as it looks, it will be a winner for our 4th of July cook out! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Just found your beautiful blog! Not too many recipes out there for baked strawberry pie. This one is in my oven right now. Instead of canola oil I used extra virgin olive oil…which is unrefined and unprocessed. I chose a mild EVOO for this particular recipe, although for a savory dish (e.g., pot pie or shepherd’s pie) I’d make the crust with a robust, peppery extra virgin olive oil. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Hello – I just wanted to let you know that your recipe is so easily written that I put together the exact pie pictured with no issues (and I am not a baker) I also made homemade vanilla whip cream to top it off… Can’t wait for dessert time πŸ™‚ Thank you so much, and Merry Christmas!!!

  16. Hello and Happy New Year! Just an update (I wrote the previous post Dec 24th 2011) My pie was beautiful however after sitting 2 hours it became over watery… the strawberries produced so much strawberry juice that it flooded my pie πŸ™ I am going to try again using a little more flour (or maybe a different thickener) Do you have any suggestions? The flavor was great!

  17. Hi Anonymous, I’m not sure where you are located but it is probably the time of year and the fact that strawberries are out of season right now. You could try again with corn starch as a thickener or use more flour. In general, it is a somewhat runny pie, but I still love it πŸ™‚

  18. I made your recipe about 2 yrs ago. looked all over just now for this site so I could make again,( I did not write it down) this is the BEST pie I have ever eaten in my life, thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful recipe!

  19. OMG! I have never made a pie or crust. I made this for our family Memorial Day treat. It was a hit! (And so was I!) πŸ™‚

  20. This is the best strawberry pie that I’ve ever had! I tried it last summer and my family and I fell in love with it! My extremely picky 20 year old son that does not like any pies or fruit ate almost a whole pie πŸ™‚ On a sale of 1 – 10 this recipe is definitely a 10 !!!

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