Spring is one of my most favorite season for so many reasons—people are shedding heavy layers, dresses, sandals, and freshly manicured toes start to make a comeback, some are cleaning and refreshing their homes, spending more time out and about, and my all time favorite hitting the farmers’ markets for new spring produce. Everything starts to come back to life and the farmer stands explode with color and abundance. Lately I have been buying baskets of strawberries by the load and just popping them into my mouth like candy. I am a huge fan of berries both in sweet and savory recipes. I can eat berries by the pound! Really! Last week I decided to do something different with them and it was the best decision I made that day! This dessert has the potential to be incredible and the perfect excuse to get a group of people around the table.
1 – Pie Dough – Store bought or home-made. I have tried both and both turned out great!
1 – Basket of organic perfectly ripe strawberries
2 – Springs of fresh thyme
Zest from one clementine
1 – tbsp of good vanilla
1 – egg
1 – packet of raw sugar
2 – tbsp of Organic honey
Follow the instructions of whatever dough method you are using, I used this one. It calls for the oven to be at 450 degrees. Slice the strawberries and place them in a bowl – add the honey, thyme, zest, and vanilla and combine. Let everything sit for about 5 minutes so all the flavors combine. Roll out your dough, place the berry mix in the middle of the dough and slowly spread out. Fold in the dough. Whisk up the egg and brush some of the mixture on the outer crust. This will create a beautifully golden crust. Sprinkle the raw sugar on the dough and place in the oven at 450 degrees and bake for 15 minutes. Your house should smell Aaaamazing!
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