Strawberry Icebox Pie
Calling a pie an 'ice box pie', began back in the day when people kept their perishable foods in an 'Ice Box' to keep cold prior to the invention of the refrigerator. It's an old-fashioned term that simply means the pie needs to be kept chilled.
This strawberry icebox pie has a vanilla wafer crust topped with a buttery strawberry cream filling.
1 (12-ounce) box vanilla wafers, finely crushed
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup butter (not margarine)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large fresh eggs*
1 quart fresh strawberries, stemmed and quartered
1 pint (2 cups) heavy whipping cream, whipped
Additional strawberries for garnish (optional)
- For the crust: Combine the crushed vanilla wafers and melted butter, mixing well. Reserve 1/3 of the crumb mixture and press remaining 2/3 into an ungreased 9-inch deep dish pie plate. Chill until ready to use.
- For the filling: In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat until well blended. Stir in the strawberries and then gently fold in whipped cream. Pour mixture into prepared crust. Top with the reserved crumb mixture. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight before serving. Garnish with additional strawberries just before serving, if desired.
Makes 8 servings.
*We suggest using a pasteurized egg product for this recipe.