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Friday, August 13, 2010

Strawberry Cheesecake Icebox Pie

I noticed at the market this week the summer produce is slowly starting to dwindle. I sighed a little when it hit me: cherry season is really, truly over. Happily, several bags of cherries wait safely in my freezer for use later this fall. I've also loaded up on bruised peaches and plums. I peeled, cut, and froze them for smoothies and cobblers when the temperatures begin to dip. Strawberries were still abundantly available this week though, so I bought several pints. I love the small, thimble-size berries. They're packed with sweetness and taste like they're sprinkled with sugar.

Yesterday, I shared with you my graham cracker recipe. I made the rich, sugary crackers this week specifically for the pie's crust. After creating the recipe, I couldn't figure out what to call it. I phoned a friend, we brainstormed, and within a few minutes we had a name - Strawberry Cheesecake Icebox Pie. Why "icebox"? Because my Grandma used to make lemon icebox pie when I'd visit her in the summertime and this pie reminds me of those visits. Later in the evening, my husband and I sat on the couch eating thick slices and I told him the name. He replied, "It really doesn't matter what you call it - this pie is freakin' awesome." Well said.

Strawberry Cheesecake Icebox Pie
Serves 8

3 tablespoons organic whole cane sugar or Sucanat
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

3 cups fresh strawberries
1/2 cup honey
4 teaspoons arrowroot
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup honey, divided
1 cup heavy cream
20-24 strawberries, tops cut off and hulled

Preheat oven to 350°F and adjust rack to middle position. Butter a 9-inch pie plate. Place graham crackers and whole cane sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely ground. Pour in melted butter and process until crumbs are uniformly moist. Pour mixture into pie plate and press on bottom and up sides of plate. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.

Pour strawberries, honey, and arrowroot in clean bowl of food processor. Pulse until blended. Pour mixture into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Cook until mixture begins to thicken, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Cool completely.

Place cream cheese and 1/4 cup honey in the bowl of a standing mixer with whisk attached. Whisk on medium speed until creamy. Pour cream cheese mixture into a large mixing bowl. Pour heavy cream into the now clean bowl of the standing mixer. With whisk attachment, whisk on medium speed while slowly adding remaining 1 /4 cup honey. Whisk until soft peaks form. Pour whipped cream into bowl with cream cheese mixture and fold until smooth. Pour mixture into cooled pie crust.

Arrange strawberries around the edge of the crust. Spoon cooled strawberry sauce over the top of the pie. Refrigerate for 3 hours before serving.


Blogger Instant Inspiration said...

That looks absolutely heavenly!

August 13, 2010 at 7:15 AM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

I've never made icebox cake, but this looks like an amazing place to start!

August 13, 2010 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Gorgeous pie! I love the berries

August 13, 2010 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Esi said...

Though I'm sad cherry season is so short lived, we still have plenty of great stuff here in So Cal. I love your desserts!!

August 13, 2010 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Active Foodie said...

This looks gorgeous! I just love cheesecake, and I love it even more topped with strawberries.

August 13, 2010 at 10:18 AM  
Anonymous marla {family fresh cooking} said...

"Freakin' Awesome Cheesecake Pie" I love it! This pie and your photos are beautiful. I need to start working with arrowroot, it is actually on my market list today. xo

August 13, 2010 at 12:14 PM  
Anonymous Corinne said...

How beautiful and it sounds so delicious! Do you have your grandmother's recipe for lemon icebox pie? I do hope you share that in a future post!

August 14, 2010 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger Aaron John said...

YUM!!! Your strawberries definitely look packed with flavor and are bright red!! Love it!! This looks soooo good!!
Would you mind checking out my blog? :D

August 14, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Gail said...

This pie looks so amazing! Great name. :) My family used to make lemon icebox growing up too. This pie obviously takes it to a new level....yum.

August 15, 2010 at 12:03 PM  
Anonymous megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

oh yum, this looks amazing! such a pretty dessert :)

August 16, 2010 at 7:20 AM  

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