Annie’s Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

I have been making this recipe for over 20 years or so. I am so glad that my Facebook friends have asked for the recipe as it has inspired me to type it out. As you can see my recipe card is looking fairly rough and tatered…lol.

It is a classic or traditional recipe from my dear departed sister-in-law, Ann. Annie passed away from lung cancer in February 2016. I miss her everyday. My husband and I would hang over at her & my brother-in-law’s house (my husband’s eldest brother) every weekend. They had a wonderful property with a pool and we had many parties and Sunday roast beef dinners with dessert. Not to mention our Trivial pursuit competitions with the boys versus the girls. She was born in England and I had an opportunity to visit her birthplace in 2017. I credit her for introducing me to Yorkshire pudding which she would twist up with our roast beef dinners. She would also bake up a storm and this recipe is dedicated to her. It is one of my favorites because it always turns out amazing and is fairly easy and quick to twist up.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp grated, fresh orange rind
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange (I use the orange that I zest to get the juice)
  • 9 inch graham cracker crust (if you don’t like graham cracker crust, you can always make a nut crust..I made one from almonds and it was awesome!)
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries (I use any fresh berries on hand plus have even used frozen)

In large bowl of electric mixer, beat cream cheese with sugar until smooth and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Stir in the orange rind and juice.  Transfer to prepared shell.  Bake at 350 degree F for approximately 35-40 minutes.  Cool and Chill.

Note: You can use a prepared graham cracker crust if you are pressed for time.  I prefer making it from scratch and as mentioned above, there are different crusts you can make out of almonds, nuts or almond flour.  I don’t have a specific recipe for this as I usually wing it but many exist on the internet. 

Fruit Topping:

Rinse, hull, halve or slice strawberries.  Arrange slices over top of cooked pie. Pour orange glaze over strawberries & chill at least 2 hours.

Get creative and use different fresh berries or fruits, try using frozen but for frozen, you need to mix the berries directly into the glaze then top the cooked pie.

Orange Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

In a small saucepan, combine above ingredients. Cook, stirring constantly over low to medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Boil one minute, remove from heat and cool.  

Enjoy and let me know how it works out for you!!

 

 

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