I love red, white, and blue desserts! That’s because they usually include fruit to get the red or blue color and this dessert is no different. There are 2 pounds of strawberries in this recipe!
This dessert has a complicated look but is actually very easy to make. It starts with ready-made crusts that you can get in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. Or, if you have a favorite recipe for pie crust, use that instead. Just be sure to make 2 crusts: one for the pie bottom and one for cutting out star shapes.
The pastry star shapes are decorated with sanding sugar just like you would use to decorate baked cookies. Put the sugar on the shapes before you bake them. You can also bake the stars at the same time as you bake the bottom crust. Just use a separate baking sheet for the stars and turn them after 5 minutes to ensure even browning.
The filling is simmered on the stovetop by adding all the ingredients (except vanilla extract) and cooking for a few minutes to thicken. Then remove the filling from the heat, stir in the vanilla, cool, and then pour in the crust. For best results, chill the crust and pie filling and then add the stars and sweet cream dots. It is also much easier to cut this pie if it has been chilled in the refrigerator.
You will need a mixer to whip up the cream but it is easy to do. There is cream cheese in the recipe which makes it taste yummy and also holds its shape after you pipe it. Have fun decorating this pie with the pastry stars!