Blue Ribbon Strawberry Pie
Enjoy this OC Fair Blue Ribbon winner. It has a perfectly balanced sweet, tart flavor, baked in a tender and flaky crust. The fruit is sweetened just enough, not too much, and brightened with a little lemon juice. Measures 9", serves 6 to 8. We are lucky that California has a very long strawberry season, over which the sweetness and flavor changes due to the weather. You may notice some subtle changes when you order over the long season. When offered in the winter months, the Strawberry Pie is made from my frozen stash of summer berries. I use European style butter for a flavorful pastry crust.
Keeping and storage
Keep the pie in a cool place on the counter if eating within a day or two. Refrigerate if keeping longer. The crust will hold up best if the pie is wrapped in plastic and refrigerated, but be sure to warm to room temp before eating.
Refreshing your pie
It's best to start with a room temperature pie. If it has been in the fridge, then take it out a few hours before eating. You just want to warm the pie, not re-cook it. Turn on the oven to 200 deg. Place the pie on a sheet pan in the middle of the oven. Bake for 5-10 minutes, then rotate the pan. Bake another 5-10 minutes or until warmed through. To check the temperature of the middle, you can place a skewer or toothpick into the center and hold it there for several seconds. Remove and feel the skewer with your finger. If the skewer is warm to your liking, then your pie is ready.