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Monday, May 21, 2012

Strawberry Pie

Dear Readers,

I am going to give you some dating advice.  Yes, I know this is old fashioned, but one of the ways into a man's heart really is his stomach.  Last night I made Strawberry Pie and brought it to a party.  One guy's reaction to trying the pie was to ask if I am seeing anyone.  I broke the news to him that I am getting married in 7 weeks, but tried to soften the blow by saying that the pie is really easy to make.  He wasn't the first guy to try to ask me out based on my cooking skills.  So readers, if you are single, and looking for love - bring this pie to a party.  Maybe it will help you find love.

100% of the credit for this pie recipe goes to my Mom, Mary Ann.  Mom - please please don't be mad at me for sharing your top secret pie recipe with the world

Seriously, this pie is magic.  Promise me you will make it.  It is one of my best recipes.  My friends always get so excited when they hear that I am making it.  Please share you pie stories in the comments!

Prep time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 1/2 hours
You will need:
1 quart hulled fresh strawberries
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsps corn starch
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup water
9 or 10 inch cooked pie crust - I buy the Pillsbury frozen pie crusts - no assembly required
Optional: 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Whipped Cream
Small carton of Heavy Whipping Cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp sugar

Step 1: 
Bake the pie crust following the instructions provided.  Sometimes I put chocolate chips in the pie crust just before I take the pie crust out of the oven.  Then spread the chocolate around to coat the bottom of the crust.  (Coating the crust in chocolate prevents the crust from getting soggy if you aren't going to eat the entire pie right away).  My friends really liked the chocolate, try it.

Step 2:
Set aside the 8 ripest berries.  Slice the rest of the strawberries.  Place them in the bottom of the pie crust.

Step 3:
In a heavy bottomed saucepan, crush the 8 ripest berries - a potato masher works really well for this.  Add the sugar, corn starch, salt, lemon juice, and water.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils.  Boil one minute.  Set aside and allow to cool for 10 minutes.  The pour the mixture into the pie crust - on top of the sliced strawberries.  Chill for at least one hour.  

Step 4:
Top with whipped cream.  Combine 1 cup heavy whipping cream and 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp sugar.  Use electric mixer to whip.

1 comment:

  1. Mmm! I cannot wait to make this after we go strawberry picking later this month.