Chocolate Strawberry Oasis Pie, inspired by the Movie "Waitress"

“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, inspired by the Movie

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, inspired by the Movie "Waitress"

Chocolate Strawberry Oasis Pie

Yield: 10 servings

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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. Looks wonderful! Glad to see that the spice recommendations you got worked out. :)

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

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

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

  5. 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.

    • 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. oh my god this looks amazing. oasis for sure

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

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

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

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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!

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

  17. Strawberries + chocolate = BLISS
    looks wonderful ;)

  18. Love that movie. :) Nice pie!

  19. Gaaaaasp.

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

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

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

  22. I love it!!!!!

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

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

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

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

  27. omg that looks aaaaaamazing!

  28. 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!

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

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

  31. This looks too good to be true…

    http://www.fromcupcakeswithlove.blogspot.com

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

    x Danielle

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

    • 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!

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

  37. 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!

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

  39. 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 :)

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

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

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

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

    XO

  44. 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.

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

  46. It looks so delicious!

    xoxo
    TWO//MINDS

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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!

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

  52. 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!

  53. 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!

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

    • 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.

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

  56. 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!

    • 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.

  57. 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?

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

  58. 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?)

    • 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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!

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

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

  63. 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!!

    • 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!

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

  65. What are the chocolate wafer biscuits? Have you got a specific brand that I can look up? I am in South Africa so need to match something up! Thanks in anticipation!  

    • try searching these on amazon.com//

      Nabisco Famous Wafers – Chocolate
      Nabisco Oreo Thin Crisps “100 calories” (I used these, available in most grocery stores in California)

      Nabisco, Honey Maid Graham Crackers, Chocolate
      Annie’s Bunny Grahams, chocolate

      (I totally think you can sub wafer cookies with graham cracker!)

  66. Made this pie today after me and my girls went strawberry picking. This is the most amazing pie I have ever eaten! Will definitely be making this a strawberry season tradition in our household! Love the movie too…thanks for posting this!!!!
    Do you know how it freezes?

    • I have not frozen this pie, sorry, so I can’t offer any advice. I’d worry freezing would affect the creamy consistency.

    • I froze the leftover pie so I can comment on how it holds.

      Pudding was not so great, came out more tacky/chalky on the re-thaw. Strawberries were surprisingly more gooey and deliciously “strawberrier”. Crust was on the soggy side. Not an awesome pie to freeze and thaw…

  67. My pie is in the fridge chilling but I’m concerned after looking again at your picture.   I followed the directions exactly but my filling was liquid — not the consistency of pudding or mouse at all!  I sure do hope it will set into an edible pie type dessert after all of the work and my family looking forward to this!!   Not sure what went wrong …..

  68. I wish I could read the recipe, but with all those spoons I’m having trouble seeing the recipe hidden below!

  69. Sounds like an awesome recipe! I would love to make this soon, but had a question regarding some of the filling ingredients. I don’t drink, 90% because I’m underage and 10% because alcohol is gross. Is it okay to nix the bourbon? Also can I cut the ginger and nutmeg out? 

    • You can leave the bourbon out, maybe just double the vanilla instead to make up the extra flavor.

      And I wouldn’t leave out the spices, as they are what give the filling its uniquely exotic flavor. They are not strong at all though (nothing like a gingerbread cookie or anything, I promise!)

  70. This sounds fantastic!!! However, I’m wondering if and/or how the filling recipe can be modified to use Nutella. I’ve looked at other Nutella filling recipes and they all seem to use cream/mascarpone cheese… Which would be great if I was making a cheesecake, but I’m not since I hate them. And is all that sugar really necessary…

  71. Is the bourbon essential in this recipe? 

  72. Hi! Your recipe looks sooo beautiful and yumi, Im trying it for my boyfriend this valentine but couldnt find that brand of cookies, do you think there is any other I could try?? Im in México… 

    • Any sort of plain chocolate wafer cookie should work. Oreo crumbs (without the white centers) for example, will work. You can also make your own chocolate wafer cookies, although that does make the recipe more time consuming.

  73. mine came out tasting starchy. Too much cornstarch? I feel like if i cut the cornstarch in half and boiled maybe a little longer it wouldn’t have tasted so starchy and still had its creamy consistency.

  74. I made this pie and was very disappointed. Did not taste good, don’t waste your money.

  75. Hello, I found your article on Pinterest, can you tell me if using bourbon required?  My children do not like the taste of bourbon, I’ve  tried the extract in another recipe and no one liked it. 
    Thanks! 

  76. I made this and it turned out divine! The whole family loved it.
    Thanks so much for the recipe :)

  77. This chocolate strawberry oasis pie was a huge success the other night! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. 

  78. Would dark spiced rum be a good alternative to bourbon? I don’t know if I want to buy a whole bottle of liquor for a pie when I have something else that might work.

    • It might, although I haven’t tried it. Brandy would work too I think. Also, don’t forget about the airplane-sized bottles that most liquor stores sell. They’re perfect for exactly this reason. :)

  79. Ahh I forgot about those! Thank you.

  80. This came out really yummy! The pudding was thick and smooth and held together pretty well. The crust was a little bit on the crumbly side and broke in pieces, but I went out and bought a primo pie server, and it came out in one piece when I used that.

    It could have used a little bit more strawberry flavor for me because I actually just got more chocolate than anything, but it made for a really yummy chocolate pudding pie. 

    :)

  81. I have a question! If anyone could help me out:) I have been eyeing this cake for weeks!! I just came home with everything to make it for my best friend bachelorette party this weekend. Do you think I could make it ahead of time and it would be ok in a few days? I could freeze it. Just wondering how it keeps if anyone knows that would be a huge help! Thank you!!

    • I’ve never tried freezing this personally, but I don’t think this would be the best make-ahead recipe. The strawberries have a tendency to ‘weep’ after a few days in the pie, so it’s really best within a day or two after it’s made.

  82. I have a question about your Chocolate Strawberry Oasis pie. Do you think it would work  as a sheet cake? I can’t tell if the chocolate filling would be solid enough from the pictures. Sure looks yummy!

  83. I made it and my family loved it! Thank you! It’s a wonderful pie!

  84. I found this site through bouncing around tumblr… I made this pie as a surprise to my wife (a teacher) as a “Just Because” treat. I told her nothing about the pie, it was fun watching her discover the strawberries. Well, I have been designated at the “official” snack maker for when they have meetings in her classroom. And tomorrow (Sunday), I will be in the kitchen making this pie again for Monday’s meeting… DO NOT FEAR IT!!! it is easily made and a scrumptious treat to chocolate fans (which I am not)…Experiment… use raspberries, blueberries, or any tasty treats other treat under the filling… your creation will be a hit!!!

  85. Just made this. Great flavours (I left out the ginger though). Not being a sweet tooth I would reduce the amount of sugar added to the custard since the chocolate probably has enough, but for most people the sweetness would be perfect!

  86. My-O-My what a PIE!! Using all fresh, whole ingredients puts it over the TOP! Don’t skimp…. miss lunch the next day and enjoy! This is a keeper for sure! Hubby loves the chocolate the most!!

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