Liza’s Red, White, and Blue Pie

In her signature red, white, and blue pants, Liza cooks fennel over the campfire. (I'm working on getting THAT recipe!)

My friend and neighbor Liza Pyle made this festive pie for Independence Day. The recipe originally described a strawberry pie—although I don’t see why it couldn’t be used for just about ANY berry.
Liza’s notes appear at the bottom of the recipe pretty much as she typed them.
The recipe hailed long ago from Liz Simonds, a friend of Liza’s grandmother (and my honorary grandmother), Mary Parker, known to all local children as Gam. 

If you bake the crust early in the morning, you won’t have to bake anything later in the day—a definite advantage in July. 

The pie awaits the berries........

The Pie
for the crust:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (I’d use salted since Liza doesn’t specify)
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
for the filling:
1 cup cream
4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 quart berries—in this case, whole or thickly cut strawberries mixed with whole blueberries
2 tablespoons currant jelly
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Use a pastry blender or knives to combine the crust ingredients. Place them in a LARGE pie plate (see notes below). Bake for 15 minutes. Watch to make sure that the crust doesn’t get more than a bit brown. Allow it to cool.
For the filling whip the cream and blend in the cream cheese and sugar. Place this mixture at the bottom of your pie shell. Artistically arrange the berries on top. (Liza is MUCH better being artistic than I am!)
Melt the jelly. While it is still warm brush it lightly over the tops of the berries. Let your pie stand, gently covered, in the fridge for several hours. Liza reports that 4 hours are ideal; at 8, the jelly starts to bleed unattractively but deliciously into the whipped cream.
Serves 8 to 10.
Liza’s Notes:
1) Unless you use a large and deep pan (or use a tart pan), you will have too much filling and too many berries………so you could reduce the filling and berry measurements by 1/4, or move a small amount to a smaller pan, or just use a big pan (a big tart pan….even a 13 x9 will work)!
2) Just blueberries are great too………. 

3) My favorite variation is to use an easy chocolate crust, made by crushing to dust in blender/processer 2/3rds of a box of Nabisco chocolate wafers and mixing it with 1/4 cup melted butter.

Pat that into a buttered big pie plate on the bottom and halfway up the sides….or use a springform pan….and bake at 375 for 8 minutes.

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8 Responses to “Liza’s Red, White, and Blue Pie”

  1. This is just another fabulous recipe – I will need to walk an extra mile a day if I am going to make all these tempting things!!

  2. That pie is beautiful!! (don’t you just love that fresh berries can serve as color-specific fourth of july decorations?!) I really like the idea of the currant jelly in this…and anything with cream cheese and/or sour cream always has my name on it.

  3. Grad says:

    My eldest son and my grandson are coming into town tomorrow and I’m having everyone over for dinner. The family is not big on cakes or really sweet desserts (health food nuts, I’m afraid) but I think they’re going to love this! It’s really perfect, I think (plus, I mean, we’re eating fruit…right?)

  4. nan says:

    I’m going to save this and make it soon. I’m all for the 9 x 13 pan! I think I’ll leave out the jelly though. This is one of the best sounding recipes I’ve ever seen!! Thanks so much.

  5. Sue Haas says:

    This looks so patriotic and delicious. Am going to make it for my son’s birthday this Sat. Thanks.

  6. tinkyweisblat says:

    Frayed, if you only make it for company you won’t have to eat much!

    EveryDay, I know; I’m thinking of making a tri-berry ice cream concoction next July 4 (if I survive all those batches!).

    Grad, Nan, and Sue, let me know how your versions turn out! (So true about the fruit, Grad; thanks for making me feel better.)

    Thank you, everybody, for visiting.

  7. What lovely berries. And I like the fact that the oven doesn’t need to be on for too long in the summer heat. I’d go for 8 hours. Unattractive but delicious is my favorite look!

  8. tinkyweisblat says:

    To tell you the truth, Abigail, unattractive but delicious is just about my ONLY look!

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