I made this pie as a birthday treat to finish the special dinner my brother made for me last weekend. We regularly have Sunday dinners with his family (every Sunday this time of year because we watch GOT), and I sometimes enjoy bringing a dessert. This one was such a hit that everyone had a second piece. I got the recipe from First Prize Pies, the same book I where I found this peanut butter and jelly pie that I made for my birthday last year.
For the biscuit crust: 8 oz (about 2 cups) flour, 1 T baking powder, 1/2 t salt, 1/4 t baking soda, zest of 1 orange, 6 tablespoons butter (cubed), 1 cup buttermilk, egg wash or milk (for glaze)
For the strawberry filling: 8 cups (about 1.2 lbs) strawberries (hulled and halved), 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 t salt, zest of 1 lemon
For the whipped cream: 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 t vanilla extract
Step 01. In a large bowl, toss together the strawberries, sugar, zest, and salt. Set aside.
Step 02. In a food processor, pulse together the dry ingredients (or stir by hand). Pulse in the butter and zest until the texture is like sand (or cut in by hand). Drizzle in the buttermilk and pulse until the dough just comes together. It will be very wet and sticky.
Step 03. On a floured surface, pat the dough out. Fold it over itself and pat it out again a few times until it's coming together nicely. Roll out the dough until it's large enough for a 9-12 inch pie pan. Transfer the crust to your pan, trimming and tucking under the overhang. Freeze for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425º F (220º C).
Step 04. Line the pie crust with foil or parchment and fill it with dried beans, pie beads, marbles, or something similar (I used dry faro). Bake for 20 minutes, rotating halfway through. Lower the temperature to 350º F (175º C), remove the foil and weights, and brush the crust with the egg wash or milk. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes or until the crust is golden. Cool completely.
Step 05. Use an electric mixer to beat whipped cream ingredients until they form stiff peaks. Spread half the whipped cream in the base of the pie crust. Add most of the strawberries, taking care not to include all the juices which will make your crust too soggy. Spread the remaining whipped cream on top of of the berries, and top with the remaining berries. Pour the remaining strawberries juices into a tall glass of lemonade.