One of my favorite childhood memories is of my parents taking me strawberry picking in Texas. No idea where…Corpus Christi? Houston? Unclear. All I know is that it was one of those places where the strawberry plants were grown stacked on top of each other, so the rows of plants (each plant loaded with ripe berries) towered over me. I remember thinking it was like being in a strawberry forest.
Now that I think about it, this is probably why I thought for the longest time that strawberries grew in trees or super tall shrubs. Buying strawberry plants at Home Depot as an adult was very confusing and disillusioning.
- Double pie crust of choice (I cheated this time and used store-bought, but if you want to make your own this one looks good)
- 6-7 cups ripe strawberries, hulled and halved
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated white sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 1 tbsp butter