Grandma’s Strawberry Pie – Old Fashioned Strawberry Pie Recipe

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Grandma’s Strawberry Pie is an old fashioned pie recipe using fresh strawberries and can be made in a variety of crusts. Learn how to make strawberry pie filling from scratch with this easy recipe.

Let’s talk about this Old Fashioned Strawberry Pie. It features classic strawberry pie ingredients with no gelatin or Jello in the ingredients list.

Serve in a traditional OR graham cracker crust or as strawberry shortcake. However you make this fresh strawberry pie, it will be a hit.

Grandma’s Strawberry Pie Recipe

I found this recipe in Grandma’s wooden recipe box.  I’m not sure why I waited so long to try it.  Now that I’ve discovered it, I’ve put it on my weekly rotation.

In a nutshell, it’s perfect. Grandma hit the bullseye with this vintage strawberry pie recipe.

When you take a bite, the flavor is amazing. There’s a secret ingredient that makes it above and beyond what you’re expecting. The secret ingredient in this Fresh Strawberry Pie is almond extract.

Old Fashioned Strawberry Pie

Since it’s spring, I love buying fresh, local strawberries.  And, I’ve been stocking up specifically to make this classic strawberry pie recipe.

Sometimes, I pull out a frozen pie crust for this pie, and other times I take the time to make my own graham cracker crust. Find those instructions here.

But, in all honesty, I love serving this strawberry pie filling from scratch over shortcakes the best.  Frozen biscuit dough in the freezer section makes great shortcakes. Top with some whipped cream, and dessert is served.

Our family also enjoys these strawberries served over angel food cake or even pound cake!

Fresh Strawberry Pie Ingredients

Strawberries

Sugar

Water

Cornstarch

Almond Extract

Red Food Coloring (optional)

Pre-baked Pie crust (traditional or graham cracker crust) or shortcakes

Whipped Cream (optional)

How to Store Fresh Strawberry Pie?

To be clear, fresh strawberry pie is best served the same day.  I like to let is thicken for a couple hours in the refrigerator, but it really is best if consumed the first day.

If there is some left, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator. The crust will most likely become soggy overnight, and the strawberries will turn a bit mushy and darken in color.  So, if possible, eat it all at once.  You have permission, just this once!

How to Make Strawberry Pie Filling from Scratch:

For the full recipe and ingredient amounts for Grandma’s strawberry pie, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Cut up strawberries into desired size; set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, water and cornstarch to a boil; whisking constantly.
  3. Boil until the mixture becomes clear in color; remove from heat.
  4. Stir in almond extract and red food coloring (optional).
  5. Let cool for 20-30 minutes; pour over strawberries and stir to combine.
  6. Pour into a baked and cooled pie crust or graham cracker crust, or serve over shortcake or biscuits.
  7. If serving as a pie, let set up in the refrigerator for 2 hours before eating.

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Notes About Grandma’s Strawberry Pie Filling Recipe:

  • Use fresh strawberries in this from scratch strawberry pie filling recipe.
  • I like to cut the strawberries in large pieces; feel free to cut them smaller, if desired.
  • Cornstarch is the thickening agent in this vintage strawberry pie recipe. Many recipes use Jello or gelatin, but that’s not the case in Grandma’s recipe.
  • Whisk constantly while boiling, and when the filling becomes clear, remove from the heat.
  • Almond extract gives this homemade strawberry pie filling amazing flavor. Omit it if desired, or substitute vanilla extract.
  • I serve this in both pre-baked traditional pie crusts and graham cracker crusts. Both are tasty.
  • This from scratch strawberry pie filling is perfect served over shortcakes or biscuits too.
  • This pie filling is best served the same day; the strawberries begin to turn darker in color and slightly mushy if left overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
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Grandma's Strawberry Pie

Grandma's Strawberry Pie is an old fashioned strawberry pie recipe using fresh strawberries.  Learn how to make strawberry pie filling from scratch with this easy recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh strawberry pie, grandma's strawberry pie, strawberry pie, strawberry pie filling from scratch
Servings: 8 pieces
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/2 quarts strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring (optional)
  • pre-baked pie crust (regular or graham cracker crust)

Instructions

  • Cut strawberries into large pieces; set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring water, sugar and cornstarch to a full boil; whisking constantly.
  • Boil until the mixture turns clear in color; remove from heat.
  • Stir in almond extract and red food coloring. Let sit for 20 minutes to cool.
    Grandma's Strawberry Pie is an old fashioned strawberry pie recipe using fresh strawberries.  Learn how to make strawberry pie filling from scratch with this easy recipe.
  • Pour over strawberries and stir. Pour into pre-baked pie crust.
    Grandma's Strawberry Pie is an old fashioned strawberry pie recipe using fresh strawberries.  Learn how to make strawberry pie filling from scratch with this easy recipe.
  • Refrigerate for approximately 2 hours before serving. Eat the same day, if possible.
    Grandma's Strawberry Pie is an old fashioned strawberry pie recipe using fresh strawberries.  Learn how to make strawberry pie filling from scratch with this easy recipe.

Notes

  • Use fresh strawberries in this from scratch strawberry pie filling recipe.
  • I like to cut the strawberries in large pieces; feel free to cut them smaller, if desired.
  • Whisk constantly while boiling, and when the filling becomes clear, remove from the heat.
  • Almond extract gives this homemade strawberry pie filling amazing flavor. Omit it if desired, or substitute vanilla extract.
  • I serve this in both pre-baked traditional pie crusts and graham cracker crusts. Both are tasty.
  • This from scratch strawberry pie filling is perfect served over shortcakes or biscuits too.
  • This pie filling is best served the same day; the strawberries begin to turn darker in color and slightly mushy if left overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
  • Love strawberries? Try Grandma's Strawberry Freezer Jam. 

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