Sweet, buttery, salty, and oh so creamy, this Double Strawberry Pretzel Pie is not your average pie! The crust is a mix of salty pretzels, sweet maple, and a bit of butter. The cream filling is made with four base ingredients…cream cheese, heavy cream, vanilla, and a touch of sugar. The filling is spooned into the salty crust and topped with in-season strawberries infused with elderflower, lemon, and mint. Trust me, this strawberry pie is extra special. Every bite is sweet, salty, creamy, and bursting with fresh spring berries. The perfect spring and summer pie!
I love this time of year. Well, kind of, I love this time of year for the produce it brings and the anticipation of summertime. The weather can be kind of a mixed bag here in the mountains. We often move right from winter into summer. But this spring has actually been really nice, with plenty of sunshine and fairly warm temps too! It’s got me craving the warm summer days ahead.
Which is probably the reasoning behind this pie. It uses up those delicious spring strawberries, but it still feels summery, and I kind of like that.
The strawberries right now are as sweet as can be. So with a fridge full of fresh berries, edible flowers that just arrived, and herbs that are finally beginning to grow, I’ve been provided with plenty of inspiration. Enter this pie. I just wanted to use what I had, everything looked so pretty and smelled even better, so I made pretzel pie…
This double strawberry pretzel pie is infused with flavor, heavy on the strawberries, and made with a buttery, toasty and salty pretzel crust. It’s not your average pretzel pie.
crust after baking
pie before chilling
What I love about this pie is that it’s easy, no fuss, and anyone can make it.
The crust. It’s made with pretzels, maple syrup, and butter. Sooo, it’s salty, sweet, and buttery. It’s so easy to make and requires no rolling out or chilling of the dough. Just mix, press the dough into a pie plate, and blind bake it. The crust gets toasted until golden and lightly browned, giving it a bit of a nutty browned butter flavor. Meaning it is perfectly delicious.
If you have a food processor, this makes very quick work of mixing the crust. If not, no worries at all, just crush the pretzels in a bag (you can even just step on the bag). Then just mix the crust together in a mixing bowl. Do whatever option works best for you.
While the crust is baking, I like to make the filling, which is a little more traditional, but then it’s also not. I used cream cheese to keep things thick and creamy, but I wanted this strawberry pie to be a little looser than most. To do this, I added heavy cream to create more of a whipped cream texture. So there’s thickened cream on the edges, but while the pie sits on your plate, the center of the cream slowly softens into a bit more of a whipped cream texture.
I then stirred in a bit of strawberry jam. You guys, I love jam. More specifically, I love mixing jam with fresh berries, it’s the flavors and the texture. Jam is sweeter, jammier, and more concentrated. Berries are juicy and fresh. Both are good on their own, but so much better together.
And it is so DELICIOUS. You get the best of both worlds, thick and creamy edges, then a light and creamy center…with so many berries on top!
Oh the berries! The berries are so very special.
They’re tossed with St. Germain (which is elderflower liquor), lemony mint, and lemon. I ordered fresh elderflowers and petite mint lemon online and the minute I received them I was so excited to put the two together. Of course, I don’t expect you all to have these two ingredients, but if you have elderflower liquor and fresh mint, that works too!
PS. I do realize that I’m fully obsessed with edible flowers, petite microgreens, and herbs.
PSS. If you’ve never smelled fresh elderflower, you must order some just for that reason alone. It’s like spring in a flower. And no, I am not being paid to say this…I just love edible flowers!
Now, layer everything together and you’ll have the perfect double strawberry pretzel pie.
Ok, now some notes because you need to know a few things.
Thing one: you need to allow time for the pie to chill. The cream needs time to set up and become firm enough for slicing, so be sure to plan ahead when making this.
Thing two: slicing this pie is messy. Yeah, messy, but in the best way possible. With the berries on top and the cream on the bottom, it’s just a messy pie to cut into. Do not let this scare you away. Sometimes you just need to embrace the mess. It’s usually a delicious thing. Ok, and thing two brings me to thing three.
Thing three: if you want a cleaner cut, freeze your pie, which is what I did for these photos. Freezing the pie makes creating clean slices super easy. By the time you’ve sliced the pie, it’s pretty thawed out and perfect for eating. That said, the frozen pie will not be quite as creamy as the non-frozen pie. Which is why I’m providing you with BOTH variations. Use the one you’ll love best.
Strawberry pretzel pie making on Saturday…just in time for Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday. Perfect timing, I know, I know.
See ya tomorrow for another new cocktail.
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Double Strawberry Pretzel Pie.
Calories Per Serving: 565 kcal
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Cream Filling and strawberries
- 12 ounces cream cheese
- 1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar using more or less to your taste
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons strawberry jam or preserves
- 1 pound (4 cups sliced) fresh strawberries, sliced horizontally
- 3-4 tablespoons St. Germain (elderflower liquor) (optional)
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, roughly torn, plus more for serving
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 or 9 inch tart pan with a removable bottom or use a standard pie plate. 2. To make the crust. In a food processor, pulse together the pretzels, butter, and maple until the pretzels are fine crumbs. Press the mix into the prepared pie plate. Bake 8 minutes, until golden. Let cool. 3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar on high speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl until very smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Slowly add the heavy cream, 1/4 cup at a time until incorporated. Add the vanilla and whip on high spread until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Using a spatula, swirl in 2 tablespoons jam. Spoon the cream into the pretzel crust. Cover and chill 3 hours or up to 4 days.4. Toss together the strawberries, St. Germain (if using), mint, and lemon zest in a bowl. If you prefer a sweeter berry, add 1-2 tablespoon of sugar. Let the fruit sit for 10-15 to release some of its juices. 5. To serve, spoon the berries over the cream. Drizzle over the remaining 1 tablespoon jam. Slice and serve immediately, topped with additional mint and elderflowers, if desired.
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To make a frozen pie. Complete the recipe through step 3. Freeze until firm, 3-4 hours or overnight. To serve, remove the pie 10 minutes before slicing. Slice and serve as directed above. The pie can be frozen for up to 2 weeks.
To make ahead: if you'd like to make the pie ahead time, just keep the strawberries off the pie until serving (unless you're making the frozen pie). You can keep the pie in the fridge for up to 3 days before you are ready to serve.