One of our New Year’s Resolutions was to throw more dinner parties. So, when we were invited to a dinner party last weekend we felt like we were accomplishing our goals 🙂 Our hosts were going to take care of the main dish, so I offered to make a dessert. One thing to know about me- I will never pass up the opportunity to bake. I often find myself making up fictional holidays just so I can use my Mix Master. I took a quick tour around Pinterest for inspiration, and settled on a Strawberries and Cream Pie. This dessert was so easy and tasted better than I even imagined. The non-sweets eaters of the bunch even cleaned their plates! The time in the refrigerator is key and really helps the pie to set. Enjoy!!
Strawberries and Cream Pie (from Just Putzing Around the Kitchen)
- 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (I pulsed them in my food processor)
- 5 tbsp butter, melted
- 2 8oz blocks of cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 cups heavy cream + 1 tbsp
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 carton strawberries, sliced into thirds or halves
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375.
In a small bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs and melted butter until a crumbly, moist mixture forms.
Gently but firmly press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom/sides of a pie dish.
Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
In a medium bowl, use an electric mixture to beat your cream until it holds firm peaks. Set aside.
In a separate, larger bowl, mix cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar until smooth and creamy.
Fold about 1/3 of the whipped cream into your cream cheese mixture to lighten it, then add the rest. Gently fold until evenly incorporated and smooth.
Spoon filling into your cooled pie crust, and spread it out in an even layer.
Layer sliced strawberries in an overlapping rows around the top of the cream.
Melt chocolate + 1 tbsp cream, and stir until smooth and liquid. Drizzle melted chocolate over the top of the strawberries.
Stick the pie in the fridge for a few hours to allow the creamy filling to firm up.
Slice and serve immediately. Enjoy!