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Elegant and Affordable: Balsamic Strawberry Pie

Balsamic Strawberry Pie

It is the start of strawberry season which is always a very exciting time!  Fresh berries — there are so many options!  And to celebrate, why not make a strawberry pie?!!  For this pie though I did not want to have the typical thick, jelly-like filling that you usually find.  By instead creating a balsamic syrup, I was able to give the berries a more unique flavor that played more on the freshness of the strawberries rather than the gooey filling.

If you leave the whipped cream off, you have a vegan pie!

Balsamic Strawberry Pie

  • Your favorite vegan pie crust recipe
  • 1 1/2 quarts of fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbs arrowroot
  • 1/4 water
  • 1/4 balsamic vinegar
  • Homemade Whipped Cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

Roll out pie crust to fit your pie pan.  Fit crust to pie pan and flute the edges.  Prick bottom and sides of crust with a fork.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.  Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack.

Hull and quarter strawberries and place in a bowl.

In a medium saucepan, mix sugar and arrowroot and put on low heat.  Gradually stir in the water and balsamic vinegar.  Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until mixture thickens.  Remove from heat and let cool.

Pour balsamic sauce over the strawberries and combine until well-coated.

Add strawberry mixture to the pie crust.  Refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.

If desired, add homemade whipped cream prior to serving.

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44 comments on “Elegant and Affordable: Balsamic Strawberry Pie

  1. What a lovely twist on the usual strawberry pie. Delicious!

  2. Humble Foodie
    April 9, 2013

    Ahhh! Strawberry season hasn’t quite blossomed in the Great Lakes region yet, but this recipe makes me even more excited. Thanks for making it vegan so I can share it with my coworkers! Strawberries drizzled with a little balsamic have such a unique tart/savory flavor that I’m sure this pie will be delicious.
    Alicia

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 9, 2013

      It really was flavorful! And it was my pleasure to make it a vegan option! We enjoy whipped cream, but honestly the best part of that addition was getting to use my decorating tips that my husband gave me for Christmas 😉
      K

  3. apuginthekitchen
    April 9, 2013

    I am so excited for berry season, strawberries and balsamic is wonderful and your pie is gorgeous!

  4. chefconnie
    April 9, 2013

    I can never get enough of the combo of strawberries and balsamic.

  5. SmallHouseBigGarden
    April 9, 2013

    Strawberry picking was one of my favorite activities when the kids were small. I made FAB strawberry breakfast breads with them and froze many loaves for the off seasons. The kids were always surprised to see strawberry bread in the dead of winter but what I loved most was how it got them sharing funny stories from the last picking season and thinking forward to the next one! Oh how I miss those wondrous years of bringing up my kids!
    People who get too far removed from the food they serve have NO IDEA how much they are missing.
    Now I have a question about the recipe…by arrowroot, I assume you mean the powder? I haven’t bought any for years. Is it easy (or hard?) to find nowadays?

  6. Jo
    April 9, 2013

    Great recipe. I like the simplicity of it. Strawberries with balsamic is a classic yet chic combo. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  7. pinkoclock
    April 9, 2013

    Strawberry season is in full swing here–I get mine at the Amish produce market, and they’re amazing–but I’ve mostly been eating them plain or piled atop Greek yogurt with honey for breakfast. This sounds amazing, and I love the idea of combining the fresh fruit with balsamic vinegar. Yum! (Also have never baked with arrowroot, so curious to try that sometime, too.)

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 9, 2013

      I really loved the strawberries over yogurt with honey that you showed in your blog today! Sounds so good!
      I personally prefer using arrowroot as a thickener over cornstarch. I have joint problems so I try to eliminate as much corn from my diet as possible since it irritates joints. (Though corn on the cob in the summer is way too good to pass up — pain is fine ever so often, right! lol)
      K

  8. Sarah
    April 9, 2013

    This is genius! Have you been the Con Olios in town? They have some amazing flavored balsamic vinegars that I think would pair nicely with this recipe. I’m thinking I’ll make the strawberry mixture this weekend and put it on top of coconut ice and graham cracker crumbles for my potluck. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  9. This doesn’t give it a bitter taste? You have made me so hungry…

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 9, 2013

      Actually no. Because the balsamic is mixed with sugar in making the syrup, it becomes the perfect blend of sweet and savory. I’ve actually found balsamic vinegars to be a great addition to sweet dishes.
      Kenley

  10. Looks gorgeous and delicious – I LOVE the strawberry/balsalmic combo, although my last balsalmic reduction was a sticky burned to the pan mess – babysit the balsalmic! Your crust looks perfect!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 9, 2013

      Thank you! What a sweet compliment! 🙂
      And YES, you are so right — cooking balsamic means babysitting!!
      Kenley

  11. Cloches & Lavender
    April 9, 2013

    Strawberry season is around the corner for us so when it arrives so will this pie. Sound great.

    Cynthia

  12. leaner by the lake
    April 9, 2013

    I’ve never tried balsamic with strawberries outside of a salad, but this sounds like a treat I could totally whip up. Anxiously awaiting strawberry season, here. Until then, it’s overpriced cartons from Whole Foods.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 9, 2013

      I really like the balsamic and strawberry combination. It gives a bit of a savory twist that I enjoy in desserts. Yeah…couple more months before Chicago is ready. If they wouldn’t become a moldy mess, I would totally mail you some! lol
      K

  13. Home Seasons
    April 9, 2013

    This sounds delicious, but just wondering, what type of texture does adding arrowroot give to the filling? We’ve never tried it before but it does sound better than the cornstarch!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 10, 2013

      Thanks! 🙂 And arrowroot gives almost the same thickening texture as cornstarch does. For me, I enjoy using arrowroot more because I try to avoid utilizing corn in my diet as much as possible. I have joint issues and consuming corn irritates the joints. So…I would rather my corn intake before yummy things like corn on the cob! 😉

  14. gotasté
    April 10, 2013

    I’ve never thought of using balsamic for dessert. This is such a great creation Kenley! 🙂

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 10, 2013

      I highly recommend it Danny! I have found that balsamic goes really well with desserts! 🙂
      Kenley

  15. Sarah
    April 10, 2013

    This looks so delicious!

  16. now at home mom
    April 10, 2013

    great combo Kenley! 🙂 strawberry season not here yet but it doesn’t matter I love them too much! your pie looks delicious and beautiful in that picture 🙂 I like the option of adding whipping cream too! (just checked your homemade whipping cream recipe)

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 12, 2013

      Thanks so much Ingrid! So glad that you like it and hopefully strawberry season will come to your area soon enough! 🙂
      Kenley

  17. Oh my … My mouth is watering. I showed my hubby. It was a mistake. He wants me to make this for him. It seems simple enough but the calories. ~~~~~~ : – O What the hay … a small bite can’t hurt.
    Isadora

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 12, 2013

      Oh, but the calories are so worth it! And I justify this by thinking that fruit is good for you — therefore strawberry pie = good for you! 🙂

      • hahaha … I like that way of thinking. lolol
        fruit .. fruit… fruit … lolol

      • Green Door Hospitality
        April 12, 2013

        If you like that — I have decided that since chocolate comes from the cocoa BEAN, and beans are vegetables… Chocolate = Vegetable! Logic…works every time! LOL

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  19. Karen (Back Road Journal)
    April 14, 2013

    I love using strawberries and balsamic vinegar together…they are a great marriage of flavors.

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