On occasion you find a recipe that just looks sooo good that you can’t resist it. Apple Pie Cake is and was that recipe for me. I saw it on Pinterest (but of course), and I knew I had to try it.
When I see a recipe, it usually gives me an idea to build from, but this cake I made almost exactly as the recipe stated.
The only differences were in the decorations. I did not even attempt the fancy lattice work that Olivia at Liv for Cake did. Her’s is perfect. Mine is nice….After looking at my pictures, which are good, but then going back and looking at Olivia’s ….yikes.
Nothing says Spring like Pretzel Crust Strawberry Pie.
Strawberries signal the start of the Spring season of food. Heart-shaped, brightly red, sweet, juicy and luscious all come to mind when describing strawberries.
Strawberries have the greatest fragrance. The scent is sweet, fresh and a tart. You can just smell them when you walk by them at the grocery store…..ahhhhh!
Strawberries are considered one of the healthiest fruits. Packed with antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals, they are also sodium, cholesterol and fat free. Strawberries have only 54 calories in a cup, so they are a great snack.
Of course in Pretzel Crust Strawberry Pie there are a few more calories, but they are well worth it……..every single calorie is soooooo worth it.
Everyone is familiar with Strawberry Pretzel Salad, a potluck staple. Well this pie is a take on that recipe.
A pretzel and vanilla wafer crust. Sweet and salty. And simple……just pretzels, vanilla wafer cookies, and butter. Mix it up, press into a pie dish, bake and cool.
I like to keep the berries whole. Just cut the stems off and set cut side down in the cooled crust. It make a beautiful presentation, but if you prefer you can slice the berries.
We made this pie every Spring when I worked at the grocery store, it was a staple. A sugar, cornstarch, water mixture is brought to a boil and thickened. Strawberry Jello is added and then the mixture is poured over the berries in the cooled pretzel crust.
Place in the frig overnight to set up. When you are ready to serve, garnish with whipped topping. In an effort to fancy smancy it up, you can also used a berry and a pretzel piece for that picture perfect look.
It’s Springtime….even if Mother Nature is not cooperating, so hurry her along and make a Pretzel Crust Strawberry Pie!!
Even though it is far from raspberry season and they were kinda pricey …..I had a hanker’n for something raspberry. Raspberry Cheesecake Galette. Kinda like pie, kinda like cheesecake, and totally delicious!
My idea with these was to make them small……..individual size, but I had a huge fail with that.
They fell apart and were like little pancakes…….it really was a sight.
So plan B…….. make it big. Not that its a huge dessert, but it is not the cute little baby galettes I had visions of.
Making it plan B size was easier and in the long run I think a more show stopping dessert, especially if you are trying to impress. And really isn’t that what all food bloggers want to do….impress you, our loyal fans?
As I alway say, I can not make a pie crust, I wish my Mom was still here to show me, her’s were the bomb. So, I do what every self respecting non pie making gal does…….I bought the pre-made!
The raspberries are gently mixed with sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, a pinch of salt and a touch of almond extract. Cream cheese, egg, and sugar make up the filling.
A little cheesecake filing on the bottom, raspberries, fold over the pie crust, no certain way, just so the raspberries can’t get out. Then top with the rest of the cheesecake filling. Make sure to let some of the berries show.
My favorite finishing touch to a pie is and egg wash (1 egg beaten with about 1 tablespoon water), then brushed over the crust and for an extra crunch of sugar use turbinado sugar, its just perfect.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes and allow to cool. Some of my pictures have powdered sugar and some don’t. It’s pretty either way and I wanted to show versatility.
For a pretty, easy, fanciful dessert try Raspberry Cheesecake Galette.
Unroll the refrigerated pie crust and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until ready to use.
For the raspberry filling, in a medium bowl, toss together the raspberries, ⅓ cup sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch,salt and almond extract.
For cheesecake filling: with a hand mixer beat together cream cheese, egg yolk, and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Spread half of the cheesecake mixture over the top of each pie crust, leaving about a 1 ½ inch border. Top with raspberries mixture, and fold the edges of the crust over the raspberry filling. Scoop the rest of the cheesecake mixture over the top of the berries and spread slightly. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Place an inverted cookie sheet in the lower third of your oven and preheat oven to 425. Brush the edges of the crust with a beaten egg and sprinkle with turbindao sugar. Place baking sheet with the raspberry cheesecake galette on it directly on top of the inverted cookie sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until crust is golden. Allow to cool slightly before slicing. Sprinkle with powdered for a pretty effect.
* Turbinado sugar is a coarse raw sugar perfect for a sugary crunch.