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Strawberry Cream Pie with Chocolate Crust

This recipe takes a little from here and there, and makes one good pie! It's a great combination, that tastes like a chocolate-covered strawberry. There are quite a few steps, but they were worth it. I made this for a family barbecue and it was gone in a flash.

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Total Time: About 40 minutes to make, but with time in between.

Yield: 8-10 slices

Source: The crust is from the Pioneer Woman.

Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. Crush pretzel sticks in a closed gallon-sized baggie, with a rolling pin.
  2. You don't want the pieces too big or too small. It's not recommended to do this step in a food processor.
  3. Melt butter in the microwave for a few seconds.
  4. Mix pretzel sticks with melted butter and brown sugar.
  5. Press mixture firmly into the pie pan to make sure the crust will stay together.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes. Let crust cool.
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  8. Melt chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave for 25 seconds.
  9. Stir. Microwave a little more and stir until smooth.
  10. Once pie crust is cooled, you are going to "paint" a chocolate layer on the crust.
  11. Spread the melted chocolate on the crust, covering as much of the crust as you can. Let the chocolate set and cool down before adding the next mixture.
  12. Mix softened cream cheese and sugar on low speed of electric mixture. Mix until smooth.
  13. Add half a container of Cool Whip (save the other half for topping the pie, if desired).
  14. Mix until incorporated and fluffy.
  15. Pour cream mixture on top of chocolate pretzel crust. Spread to the edges.
  16. Put the cream filled crust in the refrigerator to set up a bit before adding the strawberries.
  17. Cut up 1/2 cup of your fresh strawberries. Put in a sauce pan. Smash with a potato masher, if you have one. If not, you can use a fork.
  18. Add 1/2 cup of water. Heat over medium-high heat. Boil for 1 minute. Take off heat.
  19. Strain strawberry mixture through fine-mesh sieve. Press down on the berries to get all that juice out.
  20. Return the strawberry "juice" back to your pan. Add sugar and cornstarch. Whisk until cornstarch is dissolved. Heat over medium-high heat until mixture is thickened.
  21. Either wait for the mixture to cool in the pan or put in ice bath to speed up the cooling. For ice bath, put mixture in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, add ice and water. Put the smaller container on top of the ice. The surrounding ice will cool it down. Just stir it every few minutes.
  22. While waiting for the mixture to cool, slice your remaining strawberries.
  23. Pour the strawberry glaze over your strawberries.
  24. Let pie set up for a few hours. Serve with Cool Whip on top, if you would like.
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  26. Spoon glazed strawberries over cream mixture.

You can also use white chocolate, if you like. I always paint the chocolate with a pretzel crust or regular flaky pie crust, when I make strawberry pie to make sure the crust doesn't get soggy.

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September 4, 20150 found this helpful

Holy cow batman, yum!!

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