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Makeover Grandma’s Strawberry Pie

Shannon Chabes of Portage, Indiana wanted a lighter version of her grandma's classic summer pie. Our Test Kitchen came up with this one that offers all the flavor of the original but a fourth less fat and 152 fewer calories per slice. How sweet is that?
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 package (.3 ounce) sugar-free strawberry gelatin
  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat whipped topping


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Gradually add oil, then buttermilk, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball.
  • Between two sheets of lightly floured waxed paper, roll out pastry to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate; trim to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate. Flute edges.
  • Line unpricked pastry shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5-7 minutes longer or until lightly browned (cover edges with foil during the last few minutes to prevent overbrowning if necessary). Cool on a wire rack.
  • For filling, in a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water until smooth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Place strawberries in a large bowl. Add gelatin mixture; gently toss to coat. Pour into crust. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until set. Garnish with whipped topping.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 255 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • foxyhottcakes
    May 31, 2016

    This pie was SO simple and really tasty. I used regular Jell-O because sugar free gives me a headache :/ But it set up perfectly. I also used my own crust recipe (it was pretty similar to the one that was provided, milk with vinegar version).

  • luv2bake123
    Jul 24, 2013

    Loved this recipe! Can't even tell it is sugar free jello!

  • lvarner
    Jun 30, 2013

    This recipe will really appeal to fresh strawberry pie lovers. I love how easy it is, with the use of strawberry gelatin.

  • vjhead
    Jul 14, 2012

    Not only is this an amazing pie, but the directions for cooking the crust made the best precooked crust I have ever had.

  • maryvandorin
    Jan 12, 2012

    I used a regular pie crust recipe. This is such a good recipe.

  • Elizabeth41749
    May 24, 2011

    This was delicious and easy to make. I also drizzed some chocolate on the top of each piece when I served it. My family loved it.

  • goddessmiller
    May 10, 2011

    ... not too sweet and so refreshing ... tastes like summer ! ...

  • Connie Haack
    May 7, 2011

    I have made this recipe for years!! One handed down form my Mother. We didn't use sugar free jello.This is great!

  • mbjacobs
    Apr 9, 2011

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  • prbout
    Jul 1, 2010

    I've made this pie for years...I like it better than even strawberry short cake. It is soooo fresh tasting. The berries seem like they are just off the plant. Even good with graham crust (try chocolate). Favorite summer desert!