I have quite a bit of strawberries on hand so I'm scouting out some recipes to use them up! One popular idea for strawberries is using them in a pie. There are quite a few different pies to make but decided to recreate one I like ordering out at Baker's Square (also known as Village Inn) restaurants. It's a pie that's only offered during the month of May. Here's my take on the Hawaiian Strawberry Pie, which I can now enjoy anytime of year!...
This Hawaiian Strawberry Pie combines the fruity flavors of pineapple and strawberries, along with toasted coconut and chopped pecans. The pie is really a no-bake pineapple cheesecake that you can prepare in a plain pie crust or graham cracker crust (I made it in a pie crust.). The pie is then topped with macerated strawberries and garnished with toasted coconuts and chopped pecans (which I omitted). I also piped fresh whipped cream around the edges for a nice border. It's a very pretty and colorful pie that's delicious if you like pineapple and strawberries... perfect for the summer!
Hawaiian Strawberry Pie
recipe inspired by Baker's Square/Village Inn Restaurant
1 (15oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar + 2 tablespoons
2 cups whipped cream (homemade or store bought)
1 9-inch baked pie crust (homemade or store bought)
1 pint fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and roughly chopped
1/4 cup coconut flakes, toasted
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
Place pineapple in a sieve and smash it to a pulp to release the juice. Reserve juice if desired but you won't need it for the rest of the recipe. Transfer the pineapple pulp to a large bowl.
Combine the pineapple, cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl. Fold in 1 cup of whipped cream.
Transfer the pineapple cream cheese filling to the baked and cooled pie crust. Spread evenly to fill the crust. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
While pie is chilling, combine the strawberries and 2 tablespoons of sugar; set aside to macerate to release the juices. Drain the juices and set aside just before serving.
Just before serving the pie, top the pineapple cream cheese filling with the macerated and drained strawberries. Sprinkle toasted coconut flakes and chopped pecans over the top for garnish. Pipe the remaining 1 cup of whipped cream on the edge as a border and serve.