Wednesday, June 26, 2013

No-bake Strawberry Nutella Pie

by Darla

No-bake Strawberry Nutella Pie | ©BakingdomMy husband has discovered the delights of books-on-tape. Or books-on-iTunes. Or whatever.

And now, we never have conversations anymore, because he is having an affair with books. Or book narrators.

Alright, that’s an exaggeration (he made me type that).

Seriously, though, he messages me from his lunch break at work to tell me that he is listening to a book, and how cool it is, and how there’s music, and the narrator changes his/her voice for various reasons, and this and that…

Ummm…I’ve been listening to books-on-tape forever. This is not news to me. He has discovered them, though, so now they truly exist.

You guys will never guess what he’s been listening to today.

No, really, just try to guess.

You didn’t guess Beautiful Creatures, did you? Of course you didn’t. Because… ???

I kid you not. The man that I have nagged for years to read Harry Potter and other YA fiction that I enjoy has been listening to Beautiful Creatures on his lunch breaks. Beautiful Creatures. I just can’t even. When I suggested that he should read Twilight next, he was very adamant that it be perfectly clear that, “THIS IS NOTHING LIKE TWILIGHT.”

It’s too hilarious to express. Also, too adorable.

I don’t really know where to go from here, so here’s some super easy, no baking required, freaking crazy delicious strawberry Nutella pies.

Easy No-bake Strawberry Nutella Pies | ©BakingdomI set out to make strawberry tarts or pies weeks ago. I wanted them for the Fourth of July. I mean, sweet tart strawberry somethings are pretty much a requirement on the Fourth. Really, though, it’s all been done. Strawberry tarts and pies of all shapes, sizes, and varieties abound.

Then, I thought, “Well, since it’s all been done, I’m adding Nutella. Because I love it. The end.” So I did. And it was delicious.

The first thing you should know about this pie recipe: theres only seven ingredients. Seven. That’s it. Three in the crust, three in the filling, and strawberries on top. That. Is. It.

I used the same method for these pies that you can find in my Sprinkle Bakes friend Heather’s grasshopper pies, which I’ve made before. Melted marshmallows are just the ticket to make the perfectly smooth and creamy mousse-like filling in this pie.

As for the crust, simple graham cracker crust, which can be baked for a crisper, firmer crust. Or it can be left as-is, after it’s been pressed in, for a crumbly, quick crust. Your call.

Easy No-bake Strawberry Nutella Pie | ©BakingdomI toyed with various ways to arrange the fresh strawberries on these pies, from the pretty, symmetrical, layered looks you can see in the first picture, to this less organized chopped-and-scattered arrangement.

It seriously doesn’t matter because A. they all looked beautiful, and B. they all tasted wonderful, which is all that matters. I will say, though, that this chopped-and-scattered method was the easiest to eat. Theres no large pieces that need to be cut or anything.

Easy No-bake Strawberry Nutella Mini Pie | ©BakingdomThese are absolutely perfect for any hot summer day. No cooking and no baking. The combination of textures between the crunch of the cookie crust and the light and creamy filling, and the fresh chopped strawberries on top is seriously incredible. These are cool, refreshing, sweet and tart, and wholly satisfying. And they take all of about 30 minutes to make (excluding chill time)…less if you make one large pie!

Enjoy!

No-bake Strawberry Nutella Pie {Printable Version}
Makes 1 9-inch pie, or 6 to 8 mini pies, depending on size

Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST
9 graham cracker sheets, crushed to fine crumbs
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

FOR THE FILLING
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
25 large (or 250 mini) marshmallows

1 pint fresh strawberries

To make the crust: In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar until combined. Stir in the butter until thoroughly mixed.

Press the mixture firmly into a 9-inch pie plate; set aside (I chilled mine while I made the filling).

**If you prefer a crisper crust, bake the prepared pie crust at 375 for 15 minutes, until golden and fragrant.

To make the filling: Whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the chocolate hazelnut spread into the whipped cream until completely combined; set aside.

In a large, heatproof bowl, microwave the marshmallows until very puffy, about 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir until they have lost their shape and completely melted. Allow the mixture to cool.

Fold the whipped cream into the cooled marshmallow mixture until smooth.

Assemble: Spoon the mixture evenly over the prepared pie crust, smoothing the top with an offset spatula. Chill until set (about an hour).

Top with fresh, chopped strawberries. Sprinkle lightly with a teaspoon or two of sugar, and garnish with whipped cream, if desired. Serve immediately.

Can be made up to 24 hours in advance and kept refrigerated until ready to serve.

Recipe by Darla

Delish Strawberry Nutella Pie | ©Bakingdom

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet June 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Oh. My. Sweet. Heaven. Totally love this!

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2 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 26, 2013 at 6:33 pm

This pie is so fun!! Love this idea!

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3 Kristin @ Bake Something June 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm

You have such beautiful photos! You made the strawberries look amazing. Love the chargers/plates!

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4 Jan June 27, 2013 at 10:58 am

Love nutella with strawberries! I’ve added the recipe to my summer list to try.

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5 Latricia June 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm

LOL

I have to agree with your hubby. Beautiful Creatures – VERY different from Twilight. Sorry not a Twilight fan, but I am a fan of YA lit (and a librarian) point him at Night Road by Jenkins for a darker Vampire read/listen he might like. Also the whole Ranger’s Apprentice series by Flanagan

And the pie looks yummy…;)

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6 Caroun Mohana June 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm

This looks so delicious, especially if you love nutella AND strawberries! Will definitely try it!

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7 Andrea R June 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I just got strawberries in my GreenBean delivery! I know what I’m using them for tomorrow!

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8 Nessa June 29, 2013 at 7:55 pm

This is happiness in a pie crust :)

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9 Rashawn June 30, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Looking girl you, I have been pestering my fiance to read The Host or the Mortal Instrument series so I had someone other than myself to discuss books with. But noooooooooooo! I cannot wait to try these pies at home, looks absolutely wonderful!

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10 Rashawn June 30, 2013 at 2:35 pm

*Lucky girl

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11 Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers July 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm

HAHAHA.

I love the Mr. Bakingdom story.

It’s exactly like Twilight, btw. Tell him to listen to The Notebook next ;)

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12 Jessi July 13, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Hi! I tried to make these tonight but couldn’t get the cream/Nutella mix to mix in with the marshmallows. Did I do something wrong? Have you got any tips? It tasted amazing anyway! Thanks!

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