Friday, May 7, 2010

Strawberry pie

My parents came to visit last weekend and we picked lots of strawberries at a local strawberry farm. Mom wanted to make a fresh strawberry pie. This was a delicious recipe!! It was one of the only ones we could find without jello. Adding jello to a pie just didn't seem right.

Here's proof of the freshness!!

1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked
1 quart fresh strawberries
1 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Arrange half of strawberries in baked pastry shell. Mash remaining berries and combine with sugar in a medium saucepan. Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Gradually stir cornstarch mixture into boiling strawberry mixture. Reduce heat and simmer mixture until thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour mixture over berries in pastry shell. Chill for several hours before serving. In a small bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Serve each slice of pie with a dollop of whipped cream.

Note: we filled the entire bottom of the pie with whole strawberrries, not just 2 cups. The pie was delicious but a little runny. Next time we will try less water.

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