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Big Boy’s Fresh Strawberry Pie

Big Boy’s Fresh Strawberry Pie

A Taste of Big Boy Nostalgia: Homemade Fresh Strawberry Pie

Craving a taste of Big Boy's legendary fresh strawberry pie but can't find a restaurant near you? Worry not! This recipe unlocks the secrets to creating this delightful dessert in the comfort of your own kitchen.

More Than Just a Pie:

For many, Big Boy's strawberry pie evokes nostalgic memories of family meals and classic American cuisine. This recipe allows you to recreate that experience at home, sharing a taste of tradition with loved ones.

Effortlessly Fresh and Delicious:

This recipe uses fresh strawberries for a burst of summery flavor. The simple glaze and homemade pie crust create the perfect balance of sweetness and texture.

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Preparing the Crust (Preheating is Key):

    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). This ensures the crust bakes evenly and develops a beautiful golden-brown color.
  2. Flaky and Flavorful Crust:

    • In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, softened butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Using a pastry cutter, a fork, or your fingertips, work the ingredients together until a crumbly dough forms.
    • Press the dough evenly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Don't forget to prick the bottom of the crust with a fork a few times to prevent air pockets from forming.
  3. Blind Baking for a Perfect Crust:

    • Bake the empty pie crust for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned. This process, called blind baking, ensures the crust is fully cooked through without soggy bottoms.
    • Once baked, remove the crust from the oven and let it cool completely before adding the filling.
  4. Creating the Sweet Glaze (While the Crust Bakes):

    • In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the water, granulated sugar, salt, cornstarch, and red food coloring.
    • Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes. The glaze will thicken as it cooks.
    • Remove the glaze from the heat and set it aside to cool slightly.
  5. Assembling the Pie:

    • Once the crust is cool and the glaze has cooled slightly, it's time to assemble your masterpiece!
    • Arrange the fresh, rinsed, and dried strawberries in a single layer over the bottom of the cooled pie crust.
  6. The Finishing Touch:

    • Carefully pour the cooled strawberry glaze over the top of the arranged berries. The glaze will coat the berries and create a beautiful, glossy sheen.
  7. Setting the Stage for Perfection:

    • Refrigerate the entire pie for at least a few hours, or until the glaze has completely set. This allows the flavors to meld and the crust to soften slightly.
  8. Serving with a Touch of Nostalgia:

    • When ready to serve, top your homemade Big Boy-inspired strawberry pie with a dollop of whipped cream or whipped dessert topping.
    • Slice, serve, and savor the taste of a classic dessert, recreated with love in your own kitchen!