From Bananas to Strawberries
I found it unusual that the bananas sat directly on the crust. Desserts I have had in the past, that were similar to this one, always had the bananas on a pastry cream of some kind. I also loved that the topping was made with mascarpone, another twist on desserts of days gone by.
I made my version of the pie for friends and realized, very quickly, that the crust was too thick. My first clue was that it was difficult to cut; the second clue came when a girlfriend used her fork to pick up a piece and the chocolate crust went flying.
It became obvious that another pie was in the making; yet, it was feedback from friends that resulted in my changing the primary ingredient from bananas to strawberries. One friend does not love bananas in her dessert, but even those who do enjoy them voted for strawberries as a better option.
So back to the drawing board, which is more commonly known as my kitchen, I went. I halved the crust and sliced strawberries instead of bananas. To quote one of my friends who tried both versions, “OMG!!!!!! Perfection!” That sums up this Strawberry Cream Pie beautifully.
|Strawberry Cream Pie|| |
- 4½ ounces Nabisco Chocolate Wafer Cookies
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted
- Strawberry layer:
- 16 ounces (1 pound) strawberries
- Cream layer:
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 1¼ cups heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cocoa powder for dusting
- For the crust:
- Preheat oven to 350°. Set aside 9” pie plate.
- Place cookies and sugar into a food processor fitted with metal blade. Process until it is the consistency of fine crumbs. Add melted butter and pulse on/off until well blended.
- Transfer crumbs to 9” pie plate. Bake for 8 minutes and cool completely before filling.
- For the strawberry layer:
- Wash, hull and slice the berries. Dry completely in paper towels. Prepare the filling while the berries dry.
- For the cream layer:
- Place the mascarpone, cream, sugar and vanilla into mixing bowl. Beat until stiff peaks form.
- Place the berries evenly over the crust. Use a spatula to transfer the beaten cream onto the center of the berries. Use a small metal spatula to evenly spread the cream layer.
- Dust cocoa over the top and refrigerate until serving.
- Betsy's tidbit:
- Strawberry Cream Pie is best when eaten within 2 days.