Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie


5 ounces shortbread cookies
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 pounds strawberries, hulled
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 1/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
whipped cream


To make crust, preheat oven to 350F degrees. Pulse cookies in food processor to fine crumbs. Then pulse in sugar and butter until combined. Press crumb mixture evenly onto bottom and sides of 9-inch pie plate. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool.

Prepare filling by selecting 20 large strawberries as close to same size and set aside. Cut remaining berries into 1/4 inch dice and toss with sugar and lemon juice. Let stand, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Drain berries in a sieve set into a large glass measuring cup. Add enough water to measure 2 cups. Transfer liquid to medium saucepan and reserve berries. Sprinkle gelatin over strawberry liquid and let soften 1 minute. Bring to a bare simmer, stirring until gelatin has dissolved. Add diced berries, then transfer to metal bowl set in ice bath and stir frequently until mixture begins to mound (20 to 30 minutes).

Spoon 1/2 cup filling into pie crust and arrange reserved whole berries, stem ends down, on filling. Spoon remaining filling over and between berries. Chill pie until filling is set, at least 4 hours.