Valentine's Day is approaching so I thought I would share with you this very cute strawberry love pie with a graham cracker crust and sweet whipped ricotta. If you are looking for an easy sweet treat to make your loved ones, this is for you. There are only a few ingredients and you don't have to be an expert baker to do this. The best part is you can make a 10-inch or a smaller 6-inch pie. Recipes for both sizes are included below.
Valentine's Day: Share the Day with the People You Love
Welcome to my world of love. I know, I know, Valentine's Day can be a big sappy day with hearts floating everywhere, chocolates, roses and special dinners. This day isn't necessarily all about couples and romance though. I remember one of the best Valentine's Days I ever had was with a close friend and her little boy. We hung cute hearts from the ceiling and he made me a little homemade card that was adorable. We giggled and did silly things and had the BEST time. So whether your plans are with your special honey, a group of friends or your big family: make a pie that has a fun name and share the love. 💕
I think what's great about strawberry love pie is you can make it any size you want really. First, I bought the larger, 10-inch heart pan which can feed 6-8 people with smaller portions. However, it's a lot of pie if you're just two people. So, I purchased the smaller heart pan which is more suitable for 3-4 servings. I ordered mine on Amazon, but here's the thing: heart pans are everywhere around Valentine's Day. Lots of options at Home Goods and TJ Maxx and I'm sure Walmart and Target have stuff too.
Assembling the Pie: Cover the Top or Leave the Crust Exposed? You Can Go Either Way With This
When I tested this recipe, I really liked the way the exposed graham cracker crust looked. It's possible to do this with the larger version. With the smaller pie, it's too small for this method. With the larger pie, it's inevitable some juices leaked over onto the crust so be ready for that. I don't care about stuff like this, but it does alter the presentation. You could also opt to spread out the strawberries right up to the edge, then add the additional strawberries, then the whipped ricotta (like the smaller of the two pies I made in the video). It's up to you!
Don't skip the whipped ricotta on this one. I get that it's a lot easier to spray a bunch of canned whipped cream on top of this pie. And it would probably still taste very good. But the sweet whipped ricotta is what takes this dessert to the next level. It's only three ingredients and a hand mixer. If you don't know how to make whipped ricotta - don't worry. My video shows the steps very clearly. You got this!
Easy Steps to Make Strawberry Love Pie
I hope everyone out there has a great Valentine's Day and that you are lucky enough to spend it with the people you love the most. In case you missed it, I also just posted a delicious Valentine's Dinner for Two with Steak au Poivre and Potatoes au Gratin. And if you absolutely love strawberries, I'm sure you'll love my adaptation of the famous New York Times Plum Torte, but made with - you guessed it - STRAWBERRIES! That is another winning dessert that once I start eating I cannot stop.Print