Chocolate crust, fresh strawberries, and a dreamy silky chocolate filling turn this easy and decadent no-bake strawberry chocolate pie into a showstopping dessert.
A lot of people think food blogging is an easy job. You get to stay home and cook/bake all day long. How hard could that be, right?
It’s not all pretty desserts or easy dinners as it leads you to believe.
On the other side of the screen is someone who’s working countless hours testing recipes day in and day out, improving photography skills or trying to keep up with the latest social media network.
The prep time specified on the recipe card, may it be 15, 30 or 60 minutes, doesn’t show how many times that recipe has been made before making its appearance on the blog.
The total time does not include grocery shopping or cleaning up the dishes. Or refrigeration time in some of the recipes. Let’s take this no-bake strawberry chocolate pie for example.
You don’t know this is my 4th pie in less than 2 weeks.
You don’t know I took 162 photos just so I can have less than 10 added to this blog post.
And it’s not your fault. We rarely admit when making mistakes in the kitchen.
But what we do tell you is why some of the ingredients are necessary in a recipe and yet, some readers glance over the entire blog post saving just the recipe and later complaining it’s my fault when the recipe fails.
It happens all the time. One of the recent emails I received was asking if anyone besides me made these dinner rolls. A quick read through the comments and you find feedback from people who have made the rolls.
Another pet peeve of mine is ingredient substitution. Making a soup may not be a science, but dessert making is.
When I list the ingredients I used, I don’t do it just for the pretty recipe card, but because it makes a world difference when recreating it.
Yes, the recipe might turn out when using something else, but it’s not the same.
No, the recipe will not turn out when leaving an ingredient out.
Now, if you’re serious about making this no-bake strawberry chocolate pie, keep reading and you’ll find out why it took me 4 tries and how you can skip all that misery.
There are only a few ingredients called in this no-bake strawberry chocolate pie recipe.
Oreo cookies, butter, baking chocolate, heavy cream, cream cheese, lemon juice, sugar and fresh strawberries.
The crust is a homemade Oreo crust. Oreo cookies and butter is all you need. I have made two of my pies with store-bought Oreo crust and you can too, but it’s cheaper to buy a package and make your own crust. It only takes 2-3 minutes.
If you’re using a homemade pie crust, it’s very important to refrigerate it. Skipping this step will result in a crumbly crust when cutting the pie.
Another trick to keep the pie and strawberries in place is to spread a thin layer of melted chocolate over the pie crust. It’s just baking chocolate and heavy cream, nothing fancy, but makes a huge difference.
Once set, the strawberries won’t dance around making it easier to clean cut the pie slices.
The filling – dreams should be made out of it!
The filling gave me the most headaches but I’m finally victorious.
For a no-bake pie filling, it requires a little bit of patience but the results are so worth it.
Part of the filling is made using bain marie technique. What that means in plain English is you’re cooking the filling on top of a saucepan with boiling water.
Add roughly chopped baking chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl. Place over a pan of simmering water and allow the chocolate and butter to melt, stirring occasionally. Add in the cream cheese and continue to stir until smooth.
Heating up the cream cheese is new to me and happened by accident one afternoon while not having enough patience to let the chocolate cool down before mixing it with the cream cheese.
I love it! It stops me from taking out the stand mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth and soft. (less dirty dishes!) and the cheese and chocolate blend in faster. Definitely, will be using it in future recipes.
Now, once the cheese is blent in, it’s very important to follow the next two steps to the T.
Remove the mixing bowl from the heat and quickly stir in the lemon juice. Why lemon juice? Well, it’s because the citric acid from the juice combined with the cream cheese will make the filling set. It’s the basic rule for no bake cheesecake and the same rule I used in these no bake dreamsicle pie bars.
Because the mixture is warm, if you don’t mix the juice in quickly it will start to curdle.
After the juice is stirred in, add in the powdered sugar. I love Imperial Sugar in my recipes since their sugar blends in so fast compared to other brands I’ve tried.
Let the filling cool for 20-30 minutes in the fridge. It’s very important to have it chilled before folding in the whipped cream otherwise your filling will be a puddle and not fluffy and dreamy as it’s supposed to be.
Spread the filling over the strawberries and finish the pie with grated chocolate.
The grated chocolate on top may seem just for decorating purposes but what it does is stops the pie to harden on the top keeping in soft and airy.
Of course, the swirls of whipped cream and fresh berries are for pretty looks. No denying there.
If you’re still reading this, thank you so much!
If you’re planning on making this no bake strawberry chocolate pie I know it will be a success because you just read all the tips and trick to make it so.
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