There is little in the world of dessert that brings me more joy than pie. They are so easy to make (way easier than you think), versatile, and are perfect for any occasion. Like because it’s tuesday. Or you happen to have a ton of strawberries to use.
This was my recent predicament. A billion pounds of strawberries picked by yours truly (and a tiny helper, although I think she ate more than went in the basket). It’s a good problem to have.
Also good are a bunch of nectarines. They’re my favorite stone fruit and I think they’re highly underused for baking. If they’re a tad on the firm side, they’ll hold up a bit better in the pie.
Two gorgeous summer fruits ready for pie. I like to leave the strawberries whole (as long as they’re small) because they retain more of their juices and give a nice little burst when they squish between your teeth.
Add a little sugar…
…and a bit of cornstarch to thicken the juices.
Prepare your favorite pie crust. I swear by Elise’s. Swear. By. But if you use store bought, no judgement here!
Slit a few holes and brush the top with butter.
Sprinkle with sugar and then set the whole pie on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Bring the excess foil up and around the pie to prevent the edges from getting too brown. Handy trick, eh? I learned it from the fantastic Sonja Groset.
Place the whole thing on a cookie sheet and bake according to your crust directions.
If you can, let the pie sit overnight before slicing (I know, I know. It’s torture.). But it will prevent the filling from being too runny. Cutting into a warm pie will yield nothing but a gloppy mess.
What’s better than that this gorgeous red filling?
Oh, right—the perfectly buttery, flaky crust. That’s what.
The nectarines balance nicely with the strawberries so the pie is not too sweet and not too tart. Perfection on a plate, if I do say so myself. Take advantage of all that gorgeous summer fruit while you can and make this pie. They didn’t coin the term “easy as pie” for nothing.
Strawberry Nectarine Pie printable version
This pie is a great way to take advantage of ripe summer fruit. I adore this perfect pie crust from Simply Recipes, but use whatever recipe you prefer. Makes one 9″-10″ pie.
- 5 cups whole strawberries, washed and hulled
- 4-5 medium nectarines, sliced
- 1/2 c sugar, plus more for dusting
- 4 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
- your favorite pie crust
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- vanilla ice cream (optional)