The Ultimate Strawberry Pie
Yield: 6 Servings
Pie crust mix for single crust 9-inch pie
1/2 cup finely ground almonds
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
2 pints fresh California strawberries washed and stemmed
2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted
Chocolate leaves (recipe follows)
Ground almonds, for garnish
Combine pie crust mix and almonds; mix in water as directed on package. Roll out pastry on floured surface and use to line a 9-inch pie plate; crimp edges. Prick bottom and sides of pastry shell with a fork. Bake in 400-degree oven 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown. Set aside to cool. In mixing bowl beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Gradually beat in 3/4 cup of the berries to crush. Spread mixture in prepared pastry shell. Dip tips of remaining berries in melted chocolate; arrange upright over cheese layer. Sprinkle with ground almonds. Arrange chocolate leaves around outer edge of pie. To serve, cut wedges.
Thanks to the California Strawberry Commission for this great recipe.