Confession time…I never once had a traditional strawberry shortcake until I was in my 20’s. Growing up my mom and grandmothers made their own version of “shortcake” with pie crust. Yep you read that right…pie crust.
It is all about the crust
My dad’s most favorite dessert is crust and strawberries. It is really as simple as it sounds….it is pie crust topped with chopped strawberries.
The key is the super flaky and very tender pie crust, and how we cut it. Trust me this will change how you think about pie crust!
Double duty crust recipe
My MeeMaw and Mom have been using this recipe for both these pie crust crisps and for traditional pie crusts. Now I know some of you may think that making homemade pie crust is too intimidating, too hard or just not needed but let me tell you this recipe is quick, easy and SO WORTH IT!
You mix it all in one bowl and then roll it out pretty thin and cut it into strips, making the pie crust crisps. You place them onto a sheet pan & then bake them off until golden brown. See it really is that easy.
To make a pie you do the same thing only skip the cutting piece and just place the rolled out crust into the pie pan.
I could eat the whole pan
Yes you read that right. I really could eat the whole pan of pie crust crisps. They are flaky, tender and just so dang yummy. My nephew even loves crust now. It really is a family favorite.
Now for the sundae
My favorite way to eat these Pie Crust Crisps is in our family version of strawberry shortcake.
It starts with pie crust crisps in the bottom. Then we top it with my Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and then some fresh berries. That’s it. Just crust, ice cream and berries. It sounds really simple but it is so, so good!!
The crust is not sweet at all so it really balances out the sweetness from the ice cream and berries to make this a very balanced dessert. It is refreshing, light and perfect for this summer!!
Break out the ice cream…it is time to make crust!!
Perfect for the 4th!!
This Sundae would be a perfect treat for your 4th of July BBQ or Party. It is red, white & blue and SO GOOD.
You could also make a bar where people could make their own sundae so they can choose the toppings they want. Either way, make sure this crust is the star!!