This is the 1999 American Pie Council 's National Pie Championship's first place winner in the Cream Pie Category.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine flour and salt in medium bowl. Cut in shortening and butter until all the flour is blended to form pea-sized crumbs. Sprinkle with water one tablespoon at a time. Toss lightly with a fork until dough forms a ball. Chill dough 15 to 30 minutes.

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  • Roll dough between two sheets of wax paper into an 11 inch circle. Remove top sheet of wax paper and lay into 9 inch pie pan. Prick bottom and sides of pie shell thoroughly to prevent shrinkage.

  • Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool to room temperature.

  • Combine cream cheese and confectioner 's sugar in medium bowl. Beat with electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Beat in vanilla and almond extracts. Fold in whipped cream and almonds by hand until well mixed. Pour into cooled crust. Refrigerate until firm.

  • Decorate pie with strawberries fully or just around the edge. Heat jelly in microwave oven just until soft and brush carefully over strawberries until glazed. Refrigerate until serving.

Nutrition Facts

421 calories; 26.5 g total fat; 59 mg cholesterol; 256 mg sodium. 41.7 g carbohydrates; 5.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2008
Based on my own experience with this recipe and after reading reviews of others I can confidently say this is a PERFECT delicious and show stopping pie if: you use a homemade pie crust--no store bought no graham cracker and do use the almonds and almond extract just as the recipe is written. However I didn't like the idea of chopped almonds mixed into the filling so I toasted sliced almonds and covered the cool baked crust with them before adding the filling. Most important I found the currant jelly glaze a little thick and gloppy so the next time I make this (and I know there will be MANY next times) I'll thin the jelly out with a bit of water to make it more glaze-like and easier to spread. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/17/2010
Good but labor intensive. Read More
(10)
61 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 44
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2008
Based on my own experience with this recipe and after reading reviews of others I can confidently say this is a PERFECT delicious and show stopping pie if: you use a homemade pie crust--no store bought no graham cracker and do use the almonds and almond extract just as the recipe is written. However I didn't like the idea of chopped almonds mixed into the filling so I toasted sliced almonds and covered the cool baked crust with them before adding the filling. Most important I found the currant jelly glaze a little thick and gloppy so the next time I make this (and I know there will be MANY next times) I'll thin the jelly out with a bit of water to make it more glaze-like and easier to spread. Read More
(53)
Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2008
Based on my own experience with this recipe and after reading reviews of others I can confidently say this is a PERFECT delicious and show stopping pie if: you use a homemade pie crust--no store bought no graham cracker and do use the almonds and almond extract just as the recipe is written. However I didn't like the idea of chopped almonds mixed into the filling so I toasted sliced almonds and covered the cool baked crust with them before adding the filling. Most important I found the currant jelly glaze a little thick and gloppy so the next time I make this (and I know there will be MANY next times) I'll thin the jelly out with a bit of water to make it more glaze-like and easier to spread. Read More
(53)
Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2003
Awesome recipe! I cheated a bit by buying a ready made crust but saved a lot of prep time. Also I put down a layer of sliced strawberries in the crust before pouring in the filling turned out to be a great way to cram more strawberries in! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2007
Came back to edit this. Wanted to add I've made this over and over it's really a hit anywhere I take it. Wanted to add my easy way of chopping the almonds. Stick 'em in a bag and use the side of your meat tenderizer to "chop" them. Then no cutting but still small almonds!:) Try this recipe you won't be disappointed. DEFINITELY add the almond extract and some almonds it makes the pie!! There is just one thing to say - WOW! WOW! We were SO impressed with this we've made it again and again! I too cheated and used the graham cracker crust - the filling was quick easy and most of all DELICIOUS!! I used extra strawberries when serving this they give this just the perfect combo in the mouth. YUM! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/17/2010
Good but labor intensive. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2006
This is such an excellent recipe! I varied it by using the Cream Cheese Tart Shells recipe from this site and made mini tart shells in a 12-cup muffin pan baked them then filled with this mixture and added berries sweetened with sugar on top. They were a HUGE hit and very easy to put together and a great summer dessert! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
I made this to celebrate a birthday and it was very well received. I omitted the currant glaze. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/02/2003
Very good pie. Good way to use fresh strawberries. The cream is sweet and a little bit tangy/sour and make a good contrast with the taste of strawberries. Special congratulations for the pie crust (don't use a bought one this one is worth to make it by yourself). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/05/2007
This was very good and I really like the flavor the almonds give to it. I took a shortcut and used a store-bought graham cracker crust but I think it would have been better with the homemade crust called for. Otherwise I made it exactly as directed and it was delicious but I wouldn't call it "quick and easy" like some other reviewers. It actually took me a really long time to make by the time I washed and cut all the berries chopped the almonds whipped the cream etc. and it dirtied lots of bowls. But a nice result! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2006
I served this pie for Father's Day and it was a huge hit. I substituted with homemade graham cracker crust Cool Whip & seedless strawberry jam. Omitted the chopped almonds too. Read More
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