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Chocolate Strawberry Oasis Pie

Chocolate Strawberry Oasis Pie

“It could solve all the problems of the world, that pie… it’s a thing of beauty — how each flavor opens itself one by one, like a chapter in a book. First the flavor of an exotic spice hits you, just the hint of it. And then you’re flooded with chocolate, dark and bittersweet, like an old love affair. And finally strawberry, the way strawberry was always supposed to taste but never knew how.”

This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned the movie, Waitress, and it probably won’t be the last.

Out of all the pies in a movie about many pies, this one always stuck with me. Strawberry Oasis Pie. I’ve been waiting all year for strawberry season so I could finally recreate it.

Thanks to the super-warm weather, strawberry season came early this year.

Based on the description, this pie could have gone one of two ways: first, a strawberry pie, with some chocolate. Maybe a drizzle, maybe a chocolate crust or a base of semisweet chocolate. And I’m sure it would have been delicious. Or, (and it’s no surprise I went this direction instead) a decadent chocolate pie, laced with strawberries.

Chocolate Strawberry Oasis Pie

I wanted chocolate. Lots of rich, dark chocolate. And a recipe for a black-bottom chocolate pie turned out to be the perfect jumping-off point. The crust for this pie is one I’ll definitely be repeating; it has melted chocolate as the binder in the crust, and holds together beautifully.

I added a layer of whole strawberries in the bottom of the crust. Fresh, not cooked, so the bright and full strawberry flavor shines through. A perfect pairing for the decadent chocolate, complete with that little bit of exotic spice (courtesy of ginger and nutmeg).

I think this one would make old Joe proud, don’t you?

Chocolate Strawberry Oasis Pie

Yield: 1 9-inch pie

Total Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

For Crust:
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
1 ounce bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
7 ounces chocolate wafer cookies (about 30 cookies)
1 pint strawberries, trimmed and halved

For Filling:
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
6 large egg yolks
2 1/2 cups whole milk
6 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 tablespoon bourbon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Lightly spray a 9-inch pie dish with nonstick spray. Place the butter and chopped chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, heat on high for 30 seconds or until just melted. Stir until smooth. Finely grind cookies in processor. Add chocolate mixture and process until crumbs are evenly moistened. Press crumb mixture into prepared pie dish. Freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. Arrange strawberry halves in a single layer in the bottom of the crust.

For filling, whisk sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, spices, and salt in heavy medium saucepan to combine. Whisk in egg yolks to form thick paste. Gradually whisk in milk, then whisk over medium-high heat until mixture thickens and boils 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Whisk in bourbon and vanilla. Cool 5 minutes, whisking occasionally. Pour filling over strawberries until level with the top edge of the crust (you may not use all the filling). Chill until set, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. Top with fresh whipped cream and more strawberries, if desired.

Adapted from Epicurious.

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  1. 1
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Looks wonderful! Glad to see that the spice recommendations you got worked out. :)

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  2. 2
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Oh wow – what a decadent, gorgeous pie! :)

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  3. 3
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Chocolate and strawberries.. you just cant go wrong with that combination!! and this pie is simply gorgrous!!! decadent!!!

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  4. 4
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 9:47 am

    This looks awesome! I love that you added bourbon to the chocolate too!

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  5. 5
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 10:23 am

    It is “strawberry time in Tennessee”…nice combo and simple yet elegant pie. Your are the third blogger this week to highlight one of our best spring fruits. Yum.

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    • Posted On April 30, 2012 at 10:43 am

      I completely missed strawberry season last year, and am dead set on making up for it! I’ve also got some beautiful strawberry preserves I’ll be posting later this week.

  6. 6
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 10:34 am

    oh my god this looks amazing. oasis for sure

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  7. 7
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I LOVE that movie!! i’ve seen it over 10 times, can’t get enough of it! and this pie looks like heaven!

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  8. 8
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I’m really not into pie at all but this may convert me. Any crust made with chocolate wafer cookies is a winner.

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  9. 9
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Completely delicious! And the fact that I don’t have to make one of those impossible-to-make pie crusts makes it even better!

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  10. 10
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I love how much chocolate you use in this recipe, and the ctrawberry and chocolate combo never gets old!

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  11. 11
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I’ve had my eye on a recipe from Gourmet Magazine that looks similar to this one but no strawberries. Wow, you made me want to make this asap!

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  12. 12
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 10:52 am

    This is genius! The strawberry and chocolate combination is one of the best! :D This pie looks to be the perfect balance of the two. Mmm!

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  13. 13
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Strawberries and chocolate is one my favorite combos! This pie looks to die for. I can’t wait to try it out! :) I also love the movie Waitress.

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  14. 14
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Such a lovely combination of flavours and I’m a fan of any crust that doesn’t involve making pastry!

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  15. 15
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Wow, this looks absolutely decadent! I had some juicy and sweet strawberries this last weekend from the farmer’s market and was just wondering how to incorporate them into some desserts. And this looks like the perfect spring sweet–decadent enough for celebration, but with a freshness and crispness from the fruit!

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  16. 16
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 11:59 am

    YUM!! I love it! Strawberry season is going strong in our house – this looks great!

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  17. 17
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Strawberries + chocolate = BLISS
    looks wonderful ;)

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  18. 18
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Love that movie. :) Nice pie!

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  19. 19
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Gaaaaasp.

    Okay, so I’ve never seen Waitress, but if there’s pie involved, I’m so there. This looks AMAZING.

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  20. 20
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    That’s a pie! I would love to prepare that this weekend!

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  21. 21
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    A dream!

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  22. 22
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Oh.my.delicious, amazingly, scrumptious.looking.pie. I must have a piece STAT or I will die. For realz. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum!!!!

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  23. 23
    Patricia
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I love it!!!!!

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  24. 24
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Love chocolate, love strawberries, love pie. This is a winner! ;-)

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  25. 25
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Ok. That’s it. I am moving in with you and Taylor! YUM!

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  26. 26
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    D-E-Licious! You’re too good to my choco-holicness!

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  27. 27
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I need this for dessert… no, dinner and dessert!

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  28. 28
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    omg that looks aaaaaamazing!

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  29. 29
    Posted On April 30, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I love the movie “Waitress”, mostly because it is about one of my favorite things, pie.

    Your pie sure caught my attention. Chocolate with fresh strawberries in pie form, yes please!

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  30. 30
    Posted On May 1, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Wauw, this looks so good! Chocolate. Strawberries. Irresistible.

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  31. 31
    Posted On May 1, 2012 at 6:49 am

    What a yummy looking pie that is…I wish I lived closer! XOXO

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  32. 32
    Posted On May 1, 2012 at 7:02 am

    This looks too good to be true…

    http://www.fromcupcakeswithlove.blogspot.com

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  33. 33
    Posted On May 1, 2012 at 7:20 am

    This pie looks heavenly! Yum!

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  34. 34
    Posted On May 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    This pie looks so great! Deliscious! Gonna try it!

    x Danielle

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  35. 35
    Posted On May 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Mmmm…I can totally imagine exactly what this must taste like! Yum!

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  36. 36
    margie/mom
    Posted On May 1, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Strawberry production has just surpassed grape production in SLO county for the first time! Strawberry Fields Forever!!!!!
    Now I have another great way to use them. Love the crust idea with melted chocolate instead of butter as binder!!!! Will be making this soon and often.

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  37. 37
    Posted On May 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    This pie is so pretty! I like the layer of strawberries on the bottom, gotta find some local berries. The storebought ones still taste kind of bland around here.

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    • Posted On May 1, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Isn’t it a shame? They’re so red and pretty and… dull. Local berries really can’t be beat. I’m going to have to get another picking session in before the season ends here. It’s too short!

  38. 38
    Posted On May 2, 2012 at 6:19 am

    This looks insanely beautiful! I am drooooOOoling.. lol!

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  39. 39
    Posted On May 2, 2012 at 6:30 am

    I know exactly what to do with this recipe! I was sick and unable to back my 9-yr old grandson’s birthday cake. He had originally requested chocolate cake with strawberry frosting. I’ve been meaning to do that, even though his birthday is past. To heck with the cake… he’ll love this!

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  40. 40
    Posted On May 2, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I love that movie, especially old Joe. I think he would be proud to serve this pie in his diner!

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  41. 41
    Posted On May 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Oh goodness. Pie perfection! Well done :) I love love love that movie, but haven’t re-watched it since becoming a novice foodie/baker. I will need to add it to my to-do list :)

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  42. 42
    Posted On May 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Looks amazing! I think i’ll make it for Mother’s Day!

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  43. 43
    Anna
    Posted On May 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I adore that movie. If you ever experiment with the Lonely Chicago Pie, I might just love you forever

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  44. 44
    Posted On May 3, 2012 at 7:43 am

    This looks like heaven!!

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  45. 45
    Posted On May 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    This is exactly why strawberries never go bad in my fridge. Delicious!!

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  46. 46
    Posted On May 7, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I made this yesterday & loved it! I messed up the crust (my fault totally), but it was still delicious. Thanks, Nashville friend!

    XO

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  47. 47
    Posted On May 10, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Hello Lindsay
    Thanks for the Chocolate Strawberry Oasis Pie recipe.
    I’ll create one for sure, my kids are gonna like it :)
    If you don’t mind, can I submit your Chocolate Strawberry Oasis Pie photo in http://www.foodporn.net ?
    It’s a food photography site full of all DIY food pictures from members around the world. Or perhaps you’d like to submit by yourself? Let me know when you did, so I can share it.

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  48. 48
    Posted On May 10, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Looks amazing, I love strawberries and chocolate cream pie, this is perfect in my books.

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  49. 49
    Posted On May 14, 2012 at 3:17 am

    It looks so delicious!

    xoxo
    TWO//MINDS

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  50. 50
    Heather C
    Posted On May 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I made this last night to have this evening because my parents were coming to visit. Everyone loved it. My dad liked it so much that he asked me to make it again for fathers day! This is the best chocolate pie.

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  51. 51
    Posted On May 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I love the inspiration for this pie! Waitress is one of my favorite movies. I hope I get another pint of strawberries in my next CSA box so I can try this out.

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  52. 52
    Anne
    Posted On June 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I made this pie the other morning and then had a piece that night for dessert. It was great! The next night I had another piece and it was AMAZING! I think the flavors developed more overnight. Wonderful – thank you so much – I will definitely make this again.

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  53. 53
    Doz
    Posted On June 20, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    The film ‘Waitress’ was on tv last night and after watching that scene that you referred it made me think, what would that chocolate strawberry pie actually taste like? Which led me to a web search and this page. I knew that I would have to look to an American website to find what I was looking for as they just don’t make pies like that in the UK! Can’t wait to try out the recipe, just as soon as I’ve worked out the conversions into grams!

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  54. 54
    Sarah
    Posted On November 19, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I love the movie Waitress!! I think I’m going to make this one of my pies this Thanksgiving…

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  55. 55
    Posted On November 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I love that movie! I just made this pie in anticipation for thanksgiving tomorrow! It came out perfect! I dipped one of the strawberries in the filling to test it and it tasted amazing! This is definitely going to be one of my repeat recipes! Thanks so much!

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  56. 56
    Sneha
    Posted On January 2, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Oh my…I can’t believe my luck! I bought a huge basket of strawberries and stuck them in the freezer wondering how can I use them the best and lo….I stumble upon your divine recipe! I’m so going to make it. Will let you know how it turns out. I’m slightly nervous about the crust, so keeping my fingers crossed!

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  57. 57
    Leah pearl
    Posted On March 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Hey- if I want to make it non alcoholic can I just leave out the bourbon… Or does it need it?

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    • Posted On March 22, 2013 at 8:11 am

      Sure, you can definitely leave it out if you’d like. I find it just adds a bit of depth to the filling. Maybe up the vanilla to 2 teaspoons to make up for it.

  58. 58
    Moria
    Posted On April 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I am actually watching the movie right now and I was tempted to make one myself.
    Thank you =)
    Greetings from Italy

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  59. 59
    Laura
    Posted On May 21, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Hello! I have tried to make this pie, twice already! The first time, I allowed the filling to boil for 1 minute and it did not thicken. :( the second time I let it boil a little longer and it thickened, but the consistency was pudding. :(. I look at the picture and I imagine a mousse type consistency. Can anyone give me some pointers as to what I am doing wrong? Or what I should try doing differently?

    Thanks!

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    • Posted On May 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Hi Laura – that is odd indeed, I haven’t heard of anyone else having that issue. Did you make any changes/substitutions to the filling recipe? The consistency for me was definitely a thick pudding, and it continues to set up as it cools and chills.

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    Katie
    Posted On June 6, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Hi! I am interested in trying to make this non-dairy. I know I could use margarine for the crust, but do you think the filling could be made with soy milk?

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    • Posted On June 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      I’ve never tried it so I can’t say definitively, but unfortunately I don’t think it will set properly with soy milk. You may want to seek out a chocolate pudding or mousse type recipe that is already dairy free, and use that in place of the filling here.

    • Katie
      Posted On June 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks, Lindsay. I did make a version this weekend that was dairy free that turned out pretty well. The recipe was very similar, but didn’t include the egg yolks so it wasn’t quite as thick, but still set well.

    • VAN
      Posted On June 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      KATIE- I would also like to do it Dairy Free- could you tell me what you did? thanks!

  61. 61
    Suzie
    Posted On June 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Just wanted to clarify, I know it says chill up to one day. I’m having people over for a dinner party on Sat. How far in advance can I make it? (eg. would it be too early to make it tonight/tomorrow?)

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    • Posted On June 13, 2013 at 7:16 am

      I wouldn’t make it much earlier than one day, otherwise the berries might start to ‘weep’. Still edible, of course, but maybe not something you want your guests to see when you first slice into it.

  62. 62
    Bee
    Posted On June 18, 2013 at 12:01 am

    This pie turned out better than expected. I worried a bit over the addition of nutmeg and ginger (usually leaving nutmeg out of most recipes), but it was AMAZING! The chocolate is decadent with a very unique flavor (not your average JELLO pudding by any means) and pairs really well with the strawberries. It was incredibly easy to make. People raved over this dessert. I think I had like 10 requests for the recipe.

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  63. 63
    Susan
    Posted On June 30, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    My daughter and I watched ‘The Waitress’ today and both decided we wanted that Strawberry Chocolate Pie – we found your recipe, made the pie and just enjoyed our first piece. You did a great job recreating what they described – Thank You! YUM!

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  64. 64
    Cindy
    Posted On July 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Was hoping to make this pie with skim milk. Has anyone tried/do you think it would work? Thanks!

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    Randy
    Posted On January 26, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I love that movie! What kind of chocolate cookies did you use for the crust? Thanks. 

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    • Posted On January 27, 2014 at 7:24 am

      They are called chocolate wafer cookies. Nabisco Famous brand, yellow box. Sometimes hard to find but they make the best crusts. :)

  66. 66
    Miranda
    Posted On January 29, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    This is the second time I’ve made this pie. The first time the filling didn’t thicken right and came out lumpy. So instead i used chocolate pudding mixed with cool-whip. it worked well. Well this time I tried the filling again, it thickened correctly and tastes divine. But it’s still lumpy? They’re little lumps so I don’t know if this is okay or if it should be completely smooth?? Thanks!!

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    • Posted On January 30, 2014 at 8:14 am

      Lumps just mean some of the egg got cooked (maybe it was cooked too long or over too high of heat or not stirred enough, could be anything, really). BUT you can easily strain the filling before putting it in the crust, just run it through a fine mesh sieve and that should take care of the lumps. :) Luckily it’ll still taste good regardless!

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    Jenny Stoddard
    Posted On March 19, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I am so hungry everytime I watch that movie.  I am going to make that pie  tonight.

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