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Icebox Strawberry Pie

Source: America's Test Kitchen
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Vodka is essential to the texture of the crust and imparts no flavor--do not substitute. This dough will be moister than most standard pie doughs and will require more flour to roll out (up to ¼ cup). In step 6, it is imperative that the cooked strawberry mixture measures 2 cups; any more, and the filling will be loose. If your fresh berries aren’t fully ripe, you may want to add extra sugar to taste in step 7.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
Pie Crust:
1¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour (6¼ ounces)
½ teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (¾ stick), cut into ¼-inch slices
¼ cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into 2 pieces
2 tablespoons vodka, cold
2 tablespoons cold water

Filling:
2 pounds frozen strawberries
2 tablespoons juice from 1 lemon
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1 cup (7 ounces) sugar
Pinch table salt
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced thin

Topping:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream, chilled
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DIRECTIONS
For the crust:


Process ¾ cups flour, salt, and sugar together in food processor until combined, about 2 one-second pulses. Add butter and shortening and process until homogenous dough just starts to collect in uneven clumps, about 10 seconds (dough will resemble cottage cheese curds with some very small pieces of butter remaining, but there should be no uncoated flour). Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl with rubber spatula and redistribute dough evenly around processor blade. Add remaining ½ cup flour and pulse until mixture is evenly distributed around bowl and mass of dough has been broken up, 4 to 6 quick pulses. Empty mixture into medium bowl.


Sprinkle vodka and water over mixture. With rubber spatula, use folding motion to mix, pressing down on dough until dough is slightly tacky and sticks together. Flatten dough into 4-inch disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 45 minutes or up to 2 days.


Adjust oven rack to lowest position, place rimmed baking sheet on oven rack, and heat oven to 425 degrees. Remove dough from refrigerator and roll out on generously floured (up to ¼ cup) work surface to 12-inch circle about 1/8 inch thick. Roll dough loosely around rolling pin and unroll into pie plate, leaving at least 1-inch overhang on each side. Working around circumference, ease dough into plate by gently lifting edge of dough with one hand while pressing into plate bottom with other hand. Leave overhanging dough in place; refrigerate until dough is firm, about 30 minutes.


Trim overhang to ½ inch beyond lip of pie plate. Fold overhang under itself; folded edge should be flush with edge of pie plate. Flute dough or press fork tines against dough to flatten it against rim of pie plate. Refrigerate dough-lined plate until firm, about 15 minutes.


Remove pie pan from refrigerator, line crust with foil, and fill with pie weights or pennies. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and weights, rotate plate, and bake for 5 to 10 additional minutes until crust is golden brown and crisp. Cool on wire rack.





For the filling:


Cook frozen berries in large saucepan over medium-low heat until berries begin to release juice, about 3 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring frequently, until thick and jamlike, about 25 minutes (mixture should measure 2 cups).


Combine lemon juice, water, and gelatin in small bowl. Let stand until gelatin is softened and mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir gelatin mixture, sugar, and salt into cooked berry mixture and return to simmer, about 2 minutes. Transfer to bowl and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.


Fold fresh berries into filling. Spread evenly in pie shell and refrigerate until set, about 4 hours.





For the topping:


With electric hand-held mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth, about 30 seconds. With mixer running, add cream and whip until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes. Serve pie with topping on side.


Recipe reprinted by permission of America's Test Kitchen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 07/08/2011
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Rating: 5
by: Jennifer Reviewed: 08/07/2012
Fabulous!!!
Fantastic recipe...I might use a graham cracker crust the nest time I make this recipe. Not needed though...this recipe is a keeper and my guests loved it!
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