May 29, 2007

STRAWBERRY YOGURT PIE




I am bringing a tangy low-fat dessert from Finland Strawberry-Yogurt pie to Meeta from "What's for lunch honey" blog's Monthly Mingle with the theme of " big birthday bang ". Happy birthday to you Meeta and I bet we are all going to have a great party!!;D




Strawberry yogurt Pie, also called "Mustikkaiiras" in Finnish, is a very delicious, not so sweet and not so fatty pie you will love.After all the desserts I have been cooking lately,I almost didn't want to bake another cake and thought I would skip MM event this time.Then I just bought a cookbook called "The Moosewood collective:Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant", which has this delectable recipe.It uses 1/3 cup butter which is 6tbsps, would easily serve 6-8 portions!! Not bad, eh?! I was happy to find this recipe and baked,loved the taste.You can use any Berries you like,fresh or frozen and crust is so light,it was a delight to have a slice without feeling guilty.Hope you try.

Here is a slice for you!

You need:

A pie plate like this with perforated bottom or a any pie plate you have.
For the crust: 1/3 cup butter (6 tbsp),1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 cup unbleached Plain flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder.
For the filling: 2 eggs, 3 tsp sugar, 1 cup plain yogurt,1 tsp pure vanilla extract,1 tbsp lemon juice(optional),1 tbsp cornstarch, 2 cups Strawberries, fresh or frozen.



How to make this Pie:


Butter and flour a 9-10 inch pie pan.Preheat the oven to 350F.By electric mixer or by hand,cream the butter and sugar.Add the eggs and blend as well.Combine the flour and baking powder and mix them into the wet ingredients to form a soft dough.With flour-dusted fingers, pat the sticky dough into the bottom of th buttered and floured pie pan. Push the dough up to cover the sides of the pan.Refrigerate until you make the filling.



Mix all the filling ingredients except the Strawberries until smooth.Put the berries into the pie shell and gently pour the fillings so the berries are coated and evenly distributed.Bake for 50 or 60 minutes,until the crust is lightly golden and the custard has set.

Cool on a rack, loosen the sides with a knife gently.place the pie plate on a inverted bowl to release the outer ring if you are using the Pie plate like in the picture.Slice with plastic knife so you don't damage the non-stick coat.Serve as it is or sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Note: A pie plate with perforated bottom helps the crust to bake evenly letting the heat penetrate,thus preventing the soft crust.

This is how a beautiful whole Pie looks like!

Enjoy!:))

45 comments:

Richa said...

hey asha, Mustikkaiiras looks yum! so does it mean full of 'musti' ie fun heh!heh! also not so sweet & not so fatty makes it a must try :)
hope u had a good long wknd! I had fun at the wedding, the beach was fun :)

Asha said...

Hahaha!! Richa,looks like lot of Musti without the "Muska" (Butter)!!It was great.I am tired baking sweets now,this was a great change.
Yeah,weekend was fun,did lot of shopping.Wedding on the beach sounds so great,I wish I had mine there!!;D

Sia said...

what??? if i remember well, u did say no baking and no indian cuisine for some time;) he he he...looks like u couldn't run away from temptation;)
looks lovely ashakka and ofcourse the fact of less butter does lure me:) i am not a big fan of sweets or cakes. but may be i can try this one for my better half. poor soul, coz of me he has to satisfy his sweet tooth with store bought sweets and desserts;)

Kribha said...

Looks yummy Asha. The color of the pie looks so good. When I saw it first I thought you added some saffron to the pie.
Hey Asha, You were so right about the K diet. I went crazy eating that alone for two days. The third day I broke it all and went to the normal diet.
So, how was your long weekend? Hope you had fun.

Asha said...

No Indian food for sure this week at FH Sia but baking savories like bread,I don't mind.
I am tired of cakes too,but this was tangy almost like Shrikhand,so I tried.You don't eat Eggs, you can increase Cornstarch or add some apple sauce to replace it.I am sure K will love it!:))

Kribha,eggs give you that yellowish color.Try it,not a lot of fat anyway,yogurt is good for you.
Best diet I know is eat small portions at least every 3-4 hrs a day and walk.All these fancy K and Slim fast etc don't work long term.Good luck.Indian trip is around the corner:))

USHA said...

Hi Ashaji,

Wow!wonderful strawberry yoghurt pie looks delicious....How was your weekends?We had time time at beaches....

Asha said...

Hi Usha,it is delicious,hope you try.
We had a great time too,parade,lot of shopping,movie and BBQ!
Beach at this time here at NC is too hot and crowded.Everybody will be there sun bathing,so we decided to stay home and visit nearby cities:))

Meeta said...

Asha, now that is what I call a gorgeous birthday cake. Thanks for bringing it to the MM and thinking about me!!

Asha said...

You are welcome Meeta.I couldn't bring myself to bake another sugary cake,so here it is.Yummy pie.Lot better than cake if you ask me!;D
Enjoy your B'day and DT anniversary!:))

Sharmi said...

ohhh, that looks amazing, will have to try out sometime. looks like for a real party. yummy yum!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

this one looks so very good!!!! we r planning to go strawberry picking over the weekend. will try this one out, then :)

Coffee said...

Ahhh!!!! Now thats what I call indulging without guilt. :) Looks like a cool dessert! :) Beautiful. :)

Roopa said...

the pie looks yummy! here all of us down with viral flu. Anku has recovered now me on antibiotic course. pie looks very inviting going to give it a try

Sig said...

Hey Asha, that is one healthy pie. Is that a finnish cookbook? The title sounds very interesting, hope to see more recipes from it.
Hope you had a great weekend...

Asha said...

Hi Sharmi,thanks.Hope you try.Low fat!;D

Ramya,that is so perfect.Use the ripest Strawberries to use in this pie.It's not sweet but tangy.Enjoy:)

Hello Coffee,you are right!Guilt free dessert!:D It was great,hope you try.You can use Blueberries too.Have fun:)

Asha said...

Aw...!!! Roopa,so sorry.Poor Anku is getting hit one after the other!!
Hope you are taking care of yourself and you have some help there dear girl.Take it easy,bake this after everybody recovers.You can add fruit you like Bananas too.Hugs to you:))

Hi Sig,you guessed it right!!:)
It's fron my fav Finnish American author Beatrice Ojakangas.She is from Minnesota and has fab recipes for all baked goodies.I have many of her recipes at Aroma.Quick breads mostly and Shortcakes.
Enjoy.Yeah,that was fun long weekend for us:))

Sharmi said...

Dear thanks a lot for telling me about AFAM. Maheswari didnt even email me about it. I had no idea I was going to host this event until I went to her blog. OMG I am so tensed now. Am I late? she should have informed me on this right?:( what do I do now?

Asha said...

Sharmi,she didn't let you know?! I think she just posted it and forgot!
Anyway,it's not too late.June starts in 2 days.Just choose a fruit, post the info ASAP and give us some time to enter like may be with 25th June deadline if it's suits you?
Good luck:))

Sharmi said...

ya Asha, I think she forgot to email me. when you asked about it in my blog, I was wondering why you were asking me this question. then something bothered me and I visited her blog and then fell out of my chair.
by today evening I will announce the fruit. I am thinking of Orange. how is it?
Btw is it ok to change the rule by changing the date to 25th? what will she think?

Asha said...

Sharmi,Oranges are perfect!!:))
Choosing dates are always up to the individual hosts.Bee chose until 1st of June for JFI and for some others it's 20th or 25th,so it's quite okay.It's up to you really to choose to deadline so you have time to do the round up:)
Good that I just asked you.I was thinking, I need time to cook,which fruit is it? Ah..!!!:D Will check your blog later.

Sharmi said...

I am just going to attach the AFAM with the present post. thanks a million for your help and advice. was waiting for your answer. You really saved me. will never forget! hugs to you.

Asha said...

You are very welcome Sharmi,glad I could help.That's what friends are for!:))

Manasi said...

THIS is lovely!!!!! My kinda food!!!

Asha said...

Thanks.I know you will love it Manasi!;D
It's not very sweet though,add more sugar if you like it sweet!

KitchenFairy said...

Wow! My son's favorite fruit is Strawberry..I am sure that he will like it..

Asha said...

Hi KF,thanks.Hope your son likes little tangy dessert,it's surely is healthy with yogurt.Enjoy!:))

Prema Sundar said...

Strawberry yogurt pie looks so yummmmmmmm and perfect .I love such pies... that too with strawberry.. can't resist Asha.

Asha said...

Make it this weekend Prema.It's easy,and you can't go wrong if you follow the recipe exactly.Enjoy:)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

WOW the pie is looking YUM....Gorgeous pictures..Love it..

Anh said...

Beautiful pie... Reminds me of spring ... :D

Kajal said...

WOW Asha, every time you are great work in any item but I think very different search on net about pie.......Your photo looks delicious my dear and thanks for one pieces but it is very small pieces…..Ha ha ha ha..........:)

Asha said...

Thanks Sukanya.Hope you give it a try:)

Anh,we have more like Summer weather now!;D Yeah,chilled pie is great tasting for a hot day.

Kajal,you can have a BIG piece darling!;D Try at home,it's easy.Thanks.

Foodie said...

Dear Ashaji,

The Irish Soda bread and soups looks delish. And the strawberry yogurt pie looks decadent.
So when are you inviting me for dinner? Clevend is not that far right? just kidding.

Asha said...

Hi Foodie,thanks.You had trouble logging at FH too? Don't know why,some can't get in there!
Sure,start driving now from there,I will keep the soups warm and ready!;D
Hope you try the bread:))

Vcuisine said...

Just because of the egg content i avoid making these things. But it looks very nice Asha. Viji

Asha said...

Viji,for every most desserts,eggs are necessary to make them bind and fluff when baking.I have heard from others that replacing apple sauce with egg works too.I have never tried it.Other thing you can do without eggs is add corn starch to make it bind.Experiment with it,may be it works:)

Helen said...

As soon as I read about it on mEeta's blog, I went ahead and made mini ones with blueberries instead of strawberries. Turned out perfectly!

Asha said...

Oh wow!! Helen,you already made and enjoyed it too!:))
That is wonderful to hear.Yes,you can practically use any berries and even Rhubarb in it,tastes great as well.Thanks for the feedback.Have a great Sunday.

Viji said...

Wowwwwwwww Asha,looks yummyyy... This is good for a change.Love the look of it.

Asha said...

Thanks Viji! Hope you try this dessert,it's yummy:))

Purnima said...

Asha, mine will have blue berries as i m out of strawberries..tks for recommending, wd bake it this weekend, saturday and fb u! :D This shows I yet hv to explore aroma/hope for goodies!! There is a treasure of it!!

Asha said...

Purni, Blueberries will be fabulous too, even Mangoes!! This recipe was a big hit, even Arvind's staff in the clinic made this for a office party! :D
2 more desserts I would recommend is Texas Sheet cake and Mango cobbler.It's all linked in my recipe Index, enjoy!:)

Ricardo said...

Ta mesmo muito Bonita e super deliciosa. Mas olha discordo, pois esta é uma pie tem crust e recheio, a outra e somente tart sem pastry, a única semelhança e terem ambas iogurte mas ate os iogurtes são totalmente diferentes assim como a textura.
Mas digo-te uma coisa adorei imenso esta pie, fiquei de agua a correr pela boca fora, é bem impressionante.
Loved to see this pie quite impressive, I may try to make it one day. thx for sharing it. luv ya xx

Asha said...

Gracias Ricardo! Hope you try, it's super delicious! :)

Asha said...

I don't understand Spanish but glad to see you here.
Gracias Ricardo! Hope you try, it's super delicious! :)