This is the first thing that I baked in my new oven and BOY was it was a show-stopper.

Strawberry Balsamic Pie

I hesitated writing “strawberry balsamic pie” as the title because really, this is just a regular strawberry pie without any frills. Think of the balsamic as lemon juice. All it does in this recipe is compliment the flavour of the strawberries, so if you’re feeling scared, don’t be! Strawberries and balsamic belong together!

Strawberry Balsamic Pie

I first came across this flavour combination while living in Sicily. Down the street from our flat, there was this neat little bakery that sold two baked treats showcasing strawberries and balsamic: (1) a tiny chocolate cake (never did get to try this!), and (2) a handheld pastry stuffed with whipped cream and balsamic strawberries (which was to DIE for btw)!

I didn’t get what I originally ordered at this shop half of the time because I didn’t speak Italian, and sometimes when I pointed and said questo it was a guessing game for the person working there to give me what I wanted. Anyway, I ended up trying a bunch of crazy things while I lived in Palermo and am so thankful to have had this strawberry balsamic flavour combination to bring back into my own kitchen.

Strawberry Balsamic Pie

Strawberry Balsamic Pie

The new house is pretty much set up. We haven’t hung many photos or artwork up yet and our patio is empty, but the bare bones are there, and from where we sit now, we can add/take away things little by little while we build our lives in this space. We’re excited!

Strawberry Balsamic Pie

One thing I’ve noticed about living on the West coast is how much easier it is to get fresh produce. In Montreal, I had to either walk 30 minutes down the hill or take the metro an hour away to go to one of the markets (where parking is an actual nightmare)! Here, or at least in the town that I live in, there are tiny huts selling fruits and vegetables at pretty much every traffic light. It’s mostly corn, but still! I love it.

If I were still in Montreal I wouldn’t be buying strawberries by the pound this time of year, but here they are very much still in season and absolutely delicious!

Strawberry Balsamic Pie

Strawberry Balsamic Pie

I’m happy a strawberry pie was the first thing I baked while living here. It sets the stage for many, many, pies to come and even more happy bellies.

Enjoy!

Strawberry Balsamic Lattice Pie

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

    Four and Twenty Blackbirds All-Butter Pie Crust:
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup ice
  • Strawberry Filling:
  • 5-6 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Egg wash (1 large egg whisked with 1 teaspoon water and a pinch of salt)
  • Turninado sugar, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. For the pie crust, stir the flour, salt, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add the butter pieces and coat with the flour mixture using a spatula.
  2. With a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the butter into the flour mixture, working quickly until mostly pea-sized pieces of butter remain (be careful not to overblend).
  3. Combine the water, cider vinegar, and ice in a large measuring cup or small bowl.
  4. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the ice water mixture over the flour mixture, and mix with a spatula until it is fully incorporated. Add more of the ice water mixture, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, using the pastry blender or your hands (or both) to mix until the dough comes together in a ball, with some dry bits remaining (you'll need about 10-12 tablespoons of the water-cider mixture by the end).
  5. Squeeze and pinch with your fingertips to bring all the dough together, sprinkling dry bits with more small drops of the ice water mixture, if necessary, to combine.
  6. Separate the dough into two halves and shape each dough half into a flat disc. Wrap each disc in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (and up to 3 days).
  7. When ready to bake, position the oven racks at the bottom and center positions, place a rimmed baking sheet on the bottom rack, and preheat the oven to 400ยฐF.
  8. To make the filling, in a medium bowl toss together strawberries (if they are wet at all from washing make sure to pat them dry), sugars, cornstarch, salt, balsamic vinegar and cinnamon. Toss until combined and set aside. The strawberries will begin to produce juice - this is ok.
  9. To assemble the pie, on a well-floured surface, roll the bottom crust to about 12-inches in diameter. Transfer it to a pie pan and trim and crimp the edges with your fingers.
  10. Spoon filling into pie crust.
  11. Roll out the top crust like you did the top crust. Use a pizza slicer or a knife to slice the dough into 1-inch wide strips and weave the crust strips on top of the pie for a lattice crust.
  12. Brush the pastry with the egg wash being careful not to drag the filling onto the pastry (or it will burn).
  13. Sprinkle with the desired amount of turbinado sugar. Place the pie on the rimmed baking sheet on the lowest rack of the oven and bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350ยฐF and bake the pie for 30 minutes more, or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling.
  14. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack, 2 to 3 hours. Serve at room temperature (to allow the filling to thicken up).
  15. The pie will keep refrigerated for 3 days or at room temperature for 2 days. Serves 8 to 10.

Notes

*Wrapped tightly, the dough can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for 1 month.

Pie crust from โ€œThe Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shopโ€ by Emily Elsen and Melissa Elsen

Find my instructions for a lattice crust here

http://warmvanillasugar.com/2016/08/24/strawberry-balsamic-pie/

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11 Responses to Strawberry Balsamic Pie

  1. Medha says:

    Balsamic and strawberries are soooo good together wow! I’m sure this was an amazing way to start off your baking adventures in your new oven ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I bet the balsamic takes this amazing pie to a whole new level!

  3. So lovely and balsamic complements strawberries so perfectly!

  4. Catherine says:

    I love the combination of strawberries and balsamic! Can you tell me how much butter I should use in grams? Here in the Netherlands a stick of butter is 250 grams. Can’t imagine you would use 500 grams of butter though.

  5. Ah, Katrina this sounds amazing! I love when a certain ingredients shadow sprites up the main flavour – this pie sounds divine! ๐Ÿ˜€ Also, I like that you took a piece of Italy with you ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad to hear the moving has gone well! x

  6. Joanne Bruno says:

    Strawberry balsamic is definitely a meant-to-be flavor combo…I’ve tried it in ice cream and pie is really the only logical next step. Bravissima!

  7. Way to break in your new oven with a bang! Looks delicious!

  8. What a perfect pie ๐Ÿ™‚ Love that strawberry-balsamic combo!

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