Thursday, February 10, 2011

Miniature Strawberry Pies

Valentine's Day is upon us, friends. To be honest, I've never really gotten into the whole hallmark holiday thing. Mostly because I hope that my relationship with the person that I love (my valentine, if you will) is filled with romance, and not just on one day in February. But, I'm burying the lead here. It turns out that mini strawberry pies are delicious writing this recipe post has transformed my feelings about the holiday. (And, mini strawberry pies are delicious).
It isn't quite right to say I've never gotten into valentine's day. Way back when, I'd spend a long time crafting messages to my friends on the candy heart-filled valentines my mom would buy me from Walgreens. Sometimes, I'd even make my own cards out of colorful cardboard. Mostly, I pined for the moment when the big heart envelope at the back of my desk chair would be filled with nice messages from my friends. And hopefully from the dreamy boy in the back of the room. But hey, I was 7. Can you blame me for getting swept up in it all? 
Somehow, in the years that followed, I stopped caring so much about valentine's day. It started to annoy me. In fact, I really only planned this post for my readers--in case one of you out there really loved Valentine's Day and felt cheated out of an appropriately romantic post. 
But something happened while I was making these miniature desserts. I was standing there, over my mixer, in the kitchen of my apartment. The apartment that I share with boy I've been happily dating for a lot of years now. The apartment that our friends call, fondly, "the apartment," as if they live there too. And I started to think, maybe Valentine's Day isn't so terrible after all. 
If it gives me an excuse to shower kindness and candy miniature strawberry pies on the people I love, I'm in. There is something adorable and undeniably sweet  about these individual desserts. Happy Valentine's Day!
Miniature Strawberry Pies
Alexandra Rogers

1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 Tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted

16 ounces strawberries (one container), sliced thin
1/4 cup water
1 Tablespoon flour
1/4 cup sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
3 Tablespoons low fat sour cream
3/4 cup powdered sugar

In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs and sugar together thoroughly. With a fork, mix melted butter into the crumbs and sugar. Press into four 6 ounce ramekins to form miniature pie crusts. These should be the dish you intend to serve dessert in. Chill for at least one hour.

Set the best 1/3 of the sliced strawberries aside, for layering on the dish. Mix 1/4 cup water, 1 Tablespoon flour and 1/4 cup sugar together in a small bowl or mug. Place the remaining 2/3 strawberries in a small pot, and pour the flour mixture over the strawberries. Place on medium heat for about 15 minutes, until the strawberries become tender and the mixture reduces. Stir occasionally to keep from burning the bottom of the pot. Set aside for later use.

In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the cream cheese and sour cream. Incorporated the powdered sugar evenly. Beat for about 3-5 minutes, until fluffy, and set aside. But, keep the electric mixture handy.

Now, remove the serving dishes with the crust inside from the refrigerator. Fill each dish about 1/2-2/3 full with the cream cheese mixture. On top of the cream cheese mixture, layer the fresh strawberries. On top of that, place the jam-like mixture you made on the stove. Place all dishes back in the refrigerator and chill for at least a few hours, so the top strawberries set. Serve cold, with a spoon, to somebody you love. Serves 4-5 6 ounce portions.


  1. Thanks, Sonia! Hope all is well and thank you for reading and commenting!

  2. Thanks for reading, Ryan! You should make them, this recipe is really easy and quick :)

  3. I want these, I want these, I want these! And the strata, and the BLT. Ugh. Alex, I cannot diet well and keep your blog in my life ...

  4. Thanks for reading and commenting, Heidi. You'll be happy to know that one of my upcoming recipes won't throw you off of your diet. And, to be clear, I was on my way to buy brownie ingredients but bought fruits and vegetables instead when I read this comment on my phone. Get ready!


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