I love having strawberry shortcake all year, but I especially love it in summer when the berries are perfectly in season. Thanks to the sponsorship of Driscoll’s strawberries, I’m bringing you a new version of strawberry shortcake – in pie form!
They’re the perfect way to have your strawberry shortcake…and your pie too!
I wasn’t a huge fruit person when I was a kid (and, really, I’m still not). Strawberries were one of the only three fruits I’d eat – and that’s still the case today. If we’re ever at a party together and fruit salad is served, just watch me serve myself. You’ll notice strawberries are pretty much the only thing on my plate and I’m not too shy – I’ll dig deep for them in the bowl!
Whenever I open a clamshell of strawberries, the smell reminds me of my childhood. There was a strawberry field near the RV park in Anaheim we always stayed. The smell of ripening strawberries would fill our nostrils in the early morning air as we’d walk to Disneyland. I cannot smell strawberries without thinking of those trips!
Since National Strawberry Shortcake Day is coming up soon, I decided I needed to make my own version to celebrate.
But I decided to make it in pie form. I’m ME, you know.
Last week, when I opened a basket of Driscoll’s strawberries fresh from the store, I was again transplanted to my childhood. Strawberries are abundant here in California, but I prefer Driscoll’s berries because I like them the best. They’re the freshest and the juiciest, and they stay good the longest. #truth
Since Driscoll’s has been the strawberry in everyone’s shortcake for more than 100 years, I decided that it needed to be in mine, STAT.
Enter your newest favorite way to eat Strawberry Shortcake: in pie form!
Strawberry shortcake is awesome – but it’s messy. It’s not really finger food in its true form. You need a plate and a fork and lots of napkins (at least in my house – whipped cream usually outweighs the shortcake!) That’s why these pies are perfect – they’re one little bite and they stand up on their own.
Y’all know I love mini pies. I’m sort of addicted to them, and I have about a gazillion versions (give or take a few). I think this one is one of my favorites yet because I baked a cupcake inside.
Yes, you read that right. It’s a cupcake, baked inside a mini pie crust. Then it’s topped with fresh whipped cream and the star of the show: fresh strawberries.
These literally come together in minutes, and they’re perfect for serving at any party. Finally, a strawberry shortcake that isn’t too messy!
And it has a crust. Could it get any better?
I think not.
How do YOU like to eat your strawberry shortcake?