My first memory of strawberry pie was when my grandma and grandpa (father’s side) came to visit my family when I was 9 years old. My family was living in South Florida at the time while my dad went to optometry school, and all of our relatives lived far away in Utah, so this was a very special treat. It was my youngest sister’s birthday that week, and it was strawberry season. It was rumored that Grandpa made the best strawberry pies, and he lived up to his reputation with two delicious strawberry pies for the occasion. I don’t know if I’ll ever taste a strawberry pie as good as those were!
That is myself as a strawberry-pie-enjoying child in South Florida.
My next memory of strawberry pie was on my 21st birthday. I was nursing my fuzzy 3-week-old baby boy and not even dreaming of making myself a birthday treat when my mother and father-in-law showed up at our apartment with a beautiful strawberry pie! This one had a homemade butter crust instead of the traditional graham cracker crust, and it was amazing. There is truly not a better smell than that of newborn baby mingled with fresh strawberry pie. Don’t worry, I didn’t eat my son. He’s a thriving little boy now—and he loves strawberries!
And that’s me the morning after delivering my son, incidentally eating waffles with strawberry sauce for breakfast. Not looking as energetic as the 9-year-old, eh?
I have never once made a strawberry pie myself. Although you will find some great desserts on the blog, I’m almost never in the mood to make a fancy dessert just for our family. It’s hard enough just to get breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in for me! And that is why I love this strawberry sauce—it’s super quick and easy but I can drizzle it over waffles, pancakes, ice cream, yogurt, lemonade, you name it, and feel like I’m eating strawberry pie. It’s great over these waffles with a dollop of yogurt on top.
It’s strawberry season right now, so grab yourself a carton of strawberries and indulge in this strawberry sauce. It literally only takes 10 minutes to make and features only 3 ingredients.
- 1 pound fresh strawberries, washed, hulled, and roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes. When done, you can serve it as is, mash it with a potato masher, or process with a blender to the consistency you want. I like to use an immersion blender and make it smooth like a syrup. Refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for later use.
Makes about 2 cups.