Need a fun dessert…fast? Then you need this Easy Strawberry Pie that’s as easy as, well, pie.
We dedicate this easy strawberry pie to all of you. For example, this is for the person who home from work late and remembered you were supposed to bring something sweet to the potluck. And this is for the person who’s having a dinner party and didn’t think far enough in advance about dessert. This is even for the person who’s celebrating a special holiday with a loved one (ahem, Valentine’s Day)?
This pie combines fresh strawberries with a few other simple ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen already. No stress, no muss, no fuss…. Really, it’s just a nice way to end the day with a dessert that looks like you spent longer on it than you probably did. Take a look:
Why strawberries? If you live in Southern California like we do, they’re available freshly grown all year round. And if you live elsewhere in the country, you’re likely to see fresh strawberries in the grocery stores as well. Sometimes these early season berries are a little more sturdy (as opposed to the soft ripe strawberries of the late season). The good news is that these sturdier strawberries are easier to use in layered desserts like this one.
Also, this pie is just about as flexible as you want it to be. For example, want to use a store-bought crust instead of your own? No problem. Want to skip the chocolate layer? Sure thing. Need to use cream instead of half-and-half? We’ll never tell. Want half raspberries and half strawberries? Go for it. All in all, this pie is easy and forgiving – just like you’d hope a pie would be.
Easy-As-Pie Strawberry Pie
Easy Strawberry Pie
An easy strawberry pie for anyone short on time in need of a great dessert.
- 1 9-inch graham cracker pie crust
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp half-and-half
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened (We used Neufchatel)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
Prepare the pie crust (if you are making your own) and let it cool.
In a microwave-safe container, melt the chocolate chips until they are soft. Stir in the half and half, mixing well until no lumps remain. Carefully spread the chocolate mixture on the bottom of the pie crust so that it is evenly distributed. Let the chocolate mixture cool until it begins to set.
In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar and whip together until smooth. Carefully spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the chocolate layer.
Arrange the strawberry slices in concentric circles on top of the cream cheese layer. Chill pie until ready to serve.
Can you eat just one slice? We can’t.
P.S. Looking for more pies? Check out a bunch of our favorite pies at our Pie Round-Up.