Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sweet as pie

On Friday, Brianna and I took a little "Mommy and Me" shopping trip to run multiple errands. On the way out of Burlington, we stopped at this grocery store called "Fareway." Is this a chain or just something local? Anyway, it seems to be a fairly old store, but in a way that was refreshing! The meat counter had actual butchers (about 5 or 6 of them) in aprons and paper hats taking orders. We just don't have that around here anymore. Plus, the strawberries that were on sale had been hand-wrapped in those cute little plastic berry-baskets (as opposed to the pre-weighed clamshells at my usual grocery stores.) I walked out with 20 lbs. of chicken leg-quarters, 3.5 lbs of strawberries, and a dozen eggs....and it all cost me $12!

With the hints of Spring-like weather inspiring me, I decided to make a favorite: strawberry pie! My husband's family's recipe is so super-simple.


First, you will need to bake yourself a single pie crust. Homemade or store-bought, it doesn't really matter. I prefer Martha Stewart's pate brisee recipe because I can whirl it up pretty easily and fast in the food processor. (How do you like my f.p? It was the Christmas present from hubby, and in the special "Martha" color of my kitchen, just for Macy's!) In a pinch, you can also use a graham cracker crust.


For the filling, you combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and 3 Tablespoons cornstarch in a saucepot. I like to make a "slurry" with the cornstarch and a little of the water and then add, which helps to decreased the lumpiness. Cook and stir over medium heat until it becomes clear, thick, and bubbly.


Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup of strawberry jello powder. Allow to cool.
( I believe this is a little bit less than one of the small boxes contains. Most of the time, I have a large box on hand that I measure from for the sole purpose of making pie. I found that you can also subsitute one small box of sugar-free jello in place of the 1/4 cup.)
Add 1 quart of sliced strawberries to the cooled sauce, then pour filling into the cooled, baked crust. Cover and refrigerate until set, then enjoy!


This recipe is always a favorite in our house. We also make a killer raspberry pie by substituting raspberries and raspberry jello! Yum yum... where's the Cool Whip?

16 comments:

Mamma has spoken said...

I happen to have a quart of strawberries in the frig. I'm going to go and give this a try if I have the jello and pie crust.

Kjunebug said...

Awesome photos! To bad I'm allergic to strawberries :( Your pie does look delicious, you are a very good baker.

58 Cherries said...

I don't think I've ever really had strawberry pie before - it looks yummy. My family usually likes blackberry cobbler or my mom's special apple nut pie, but I just love strawberries. Even just by themselves with a little whipped cream or a sprinkling of sugar if they aren't extra sweet. I miss strawberry picking, actually. The super sweet, ripe, warm from the sun berries are the best.

Paula said...

I thought that looked like "Martha" colour. I have a pat-in pastry recipe for single crusts. It's really easy too. Your pie looks yummy. I've never had one like that. Our strawberry pies are cooked. Most often with some rhubarb thrown in, but sometimes just the berries.

Poor Kjunebug, I couldn't imagine being allergic to strawberries. I eat them from the time they come in season till they are gone, then usually freeze some more :)

Penny said...

Yum! That looks so good!

Diann said...

Wow, my mouth is watering! Great job on the pie, BTW. ~Diann

Mamma has spoken said...

Just finish eating a piece of pie using your recipe. It really is good, sweet but not too sweet. DH says it's a keeper, Thanks for great and easy recipe!!!!!

bunzi said...

yum! my fav fruit pie is the double cream blueberry one from marie calendars.

sunnie fairy said...

love your vintage blender!

Craftpassion said...

Wow, your strawberry pie looks so tasty and delicious. I wish I could have a bite! yummy, yummy!

bonnesinger said...

OMG is all I can say about this recipe...I just HAVE TO TRY THIS! Thanks so much for sharing.
Love all your little cuties!
bonnie

jen said...

love your blue food processor! :)

little cardmaker said...

This looks absolutely yummy!

Sarah said...

i think the color of your kitchen is the color i would like mine to be! :)

Mytutorlist.com said...

Mmmmm, pie!

T&A Friendly said...

Love your sweet Kitchen Aid food processor! I have one in pink. They're so helpful.