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Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe by The Los Angeles Times, Cookbook printed in 1905 –

Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe – by The Los Angeles Times

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Makes one 9-inch pie, single crust, berry filling

The Times Cook Book, by The Los Angeles Times, 1905


fresh strawberry pie recipe 1905

You will want to use fresh strawberries but frozen will do. Since the berries are crushed they do not need to look pretty.

Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe

The Times Cook Book, by The Los Angeles Times, 1905


(Original.) Mrs. J. Hamilton, 1365 West Thirtieth street, Los Angeles–Make some pie paste, puff paste or plain pie paste will do. Use a deep pie plate and roll the paste to fit the sides; then trim the ends off and roll to about a half-inch thickness and cut into six strips to put on top of the pie when done. Bake the strips separately. Now prepare the filling in the following way: Take a box of ripe red strawberries and wash and hull, then crush them and add half cup of powdered sugar; mix; cover tightly and set aside. Now take half pint of rich sweet whipping cream and whip till it begins to thicken; then slowly add one-half cup of powdered sugar and continue to whip till it is quite thick; now add half a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix the crushed strawberries with the cream and fill the pie. Then lay the strips on top. By leaving it stand for about an hour the juice of the strawberries is absorbed by the pie paste. Should one prefer it crisp, it should be eaten immediately. A most delicious pie and easily and quickly prepared.

A Cookbook with vintage pie recipes


At the end of the 19th century and onto the 20th century various forms of media: newspapers, magazines, radio, the movies and TV, all became involved in the publishing and printing of cookbooks. The Los Angeles Times volume represents the many and diverse types of books. It represented books mainly from the West, but more specific of California.

From 1902 through 1917, the Los Angeles Times newspaper published a series of cookbooks based on its cooking contests and competitions. It is interesting in that they truly reflect the mix from southern California at the start of the 20th century.

The series of Los Angeles Times Cook Books were listed among the one hundred best sellers. This cookbook was on the most wanted book of California Cuisine in One Hundred Books on California Food & Wine collectors in 1990, edited by Dan Strehl and published by The Book Collectors of Los Angeles in 1990. All editions of this famous cookbook are scarce or rare.

Triple Berry Pie Recipe – Traditional

—Ingredients and instructions are not the actual vintage recipe but is provided for reference purposes.

Pastry dough – double crust

The secret
of making
a flaky pie crust.

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup ice cold water

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter

1 teaspoon cold corn oil



6 cups mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, marionberries)

1 cup white sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons tapioca flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

pinch of salt

pinch of ground cloves

1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter


1. Prepare the pastry: Roll the pastry and line a 9-inch pie plate with the bottom crust. Roll out the remaining dough for the top crust. Chill the pastry.

2. Preheat the oven to 400° F.blackberry raspberry blueberry pie filling

3. Prepare the filling: Thaw out berries if frozen to 40° F or warmer in bowl.

4. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, cornstarch, tapioca flour, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Add them to the berries. Mix gently, be careful not to burst them. Adjust sugar to taste as needed.

5. Scrape the filling into the bottom crust, dot with butter and cover it with the second crust. Trim and crimp the crust; chill the pie for about 10 minutes in the refrigerator. Cut vent slits in the top crust. It is your option to sprinkle it with sugar or brush the top with egg white.

6. Bake the pie on a baking sheet for 10 minutes at 400° F or until the crust looks dry, blistered, and blonde. Berry pies can really bubble over so be careful. Turner the oven down to 375??F, and bake for at least 45 minutes more or until the crust is golden brown, and visible juices are thickened and bubble slowly through the slits in the top crust. Check if the bottom crust has darkened. If not bake a little more and cover the top crust, so it does not burn.

7. Cool the pie completely before cutting at least a few hours. Serve it at room temperature. Store the pie uncovered in a cool place up to three days.

Fresh Strawberry Pie Success

Be sure not to underbake the pie crust. In this case where a cooled filling is used to fill the pie, the pie crust should be as crisp and golden as possible to guard against a soggy bottom.

Strawberries are best in late Spring and early Summer time.

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