You know what I eat for breakfast when there is no granola left? Pie! Sometimes I eat pie even when there are more reasonable breakfast options available. Like this morning, as I am writing this post, I am enjoying this unique Strawberry Basil Pie. Have you ever had a Strawberry pie? Me neither, and definitely not one with basil. It is quite tart and refreshing! 
The filling is 2 pounds of strawberries, 10 torn basil leaves, 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup cornstarch. Mix it until it looks like this, as if the strawberries were covered in syrup. You just pour that into a baked pie shell, form a lattice crust and you're done!
Strawberry Basil Pie
slightly adapted from Esa's of Butter Love Bakeshop recipe published in the August 2011 issue of In Style Magazine.

2 pie crusts (I used Pillsbury brand, I'm not good at making pie crust!)
2 pounds strawberries, washed hulled and quartered
3/4 cup brown sugar (if your strawberries are very sweet use 1/2 cup)
10 fresh basil leaves, torn into quarters
1/4 cup cornstarch

Bake the pie shell in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Be sure to weigh down the shell by lining it with parchment paper and place pie weights or dry beans or rice on top. This helps the shell keep it's shape as it bakes. It's important to bake the shell in advance because this pie filling is super watery and the shell would be soggy otherwise.

While the shell is baking, prepare your strawberries and basil. Stir together strawberries, basil, brown sugar and cornstarch in a bowl until the strawberries look like they are covered in syrup. Once the pie shell is baked, pour in the strawberry filling and top with a lattice crust. Bake for 60 minutes or until the juices are bubbling and the lattice is browned. Let cool and serve!

08/04/2011 18:02

Hey would you look at that! That is my recipe from Butter Love Bakeshop already being talked about. I hope you enjoyed it. I actually top it with a streusel topping which is even better but they wanted a certain look for the magazine. Glad to see that people are trying out one of BLB's creations on their own!

08/05/2011 00:00

Esa, I'm so glad you shared your recipe with In Style readers. We really enjoyed it! Next time I'm in San Fransisco I'll have to get my hands on one of your pies, the streusel topping sounds amazing!

12/12/2011 22:04

Would you be able to post the ingredients to the crust? I absolutely love this pie ,but my copy of the recipe was covered in the pie filling and flour. Please and thank you very much!

08/04/2012 23:38

Made this last night and it was delicious! I love new basil recipes (next up is cinnamon basil in pumpkin pie). The blend of the berries and basil was awesome. I even had some for breakfast! I used two frozen pie crusts for time's sake. Vanilla ice cream added a perfect creaminess.

08/05/2012 17:49

Wow! Cinnamon Basil Pumpkin Pie! That sounds incredible! I'm glad you liked this recipe as much as I did!


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