Thursday, April 16, 2009

Strawberry Pie

Years ago, on a picnic, I tasted a fresh strawberry pie and every since then, I've wanted another piece. I don't live in the South, where this might be a standard dessert, but I live in Nevada, and I've never come across someone who made this pie since that picnic.

The gods must have been smiling on me this week, because not only are my grand babies staying put (but my poor daughter in law is pretty much flat on her back ) but I found, not one, but two recipes for Strawberry Pie.
For Easter dinner I went with the recipe on Christy's blog Southern Plate.
( I'll make strawberry pie #2 in a few weeks, but you can find that recipe at "My New 30".
I pretty much had to flip a coin as I couldn't make up my mind which sounded/looked better. It was a toss up. )

Let me tell you this, if you like strawberries, this pie beats strawberry shortcake hands down. (But I wouldn't pass on strawberry shortcake LOL )

The only change I made was to use my own pie crust recipe. This is the best pie crust ever, bar none. BUT, I think the trick is you have to make it in the pie tins and not in a glass Pyrex pie plate.
At one point in my life, I wanted to collect pie tins and my mother in law started me on a collection, I have a couple that are old. I'm not sure if they are antique or not, but they are old.
This is the easiest crust too. I've never been able to roll out a regular pie crust to save my soul. It's not the making of the crust, it was always the transferring it to a pie pan. It tore, no matter what I did.
I found this in an Amish Cookbook that I have, and really, it is the easiest and the flakiest.
I overheard this comment at Easter Dinner, "you should try this pie if only for the crust!"
Hopefully they liked my strawberry pie also. We did. I think I've had 4 pieces in the past 2 days.

Here is Christy's recipe for strawberry pie.

Fresh Strawberry Pie* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup water
* 2 T strawberry gelatin mix
* 1 pint fresh strawberries
* 3 heaping Tablespoons cornstarch
* 1 pie crust, cooked and cooled

Combine sugar, cornstarch and dry gelatin mix by stirring well. Add water and cook until thick and clear over medium high heat, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Set aside and let cool. Wash and hull strawberries, cut in half and arrange over pie crust. When filling is cool, pour over strawberries and chill pie until ready to serve.
Serve with whipped cream.

And my crust....

Pat in Pan Pie Crust
makes a single -crust for an 8-9 inch pie
1 1/2 cups plus 3-tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons cold milk
Place the flour, sugar, and salt in the pie pan and mix with your fingers until blended.
In a measuring cup, combine the oil and the milk and beat with a fork, until creamy.
Pour all at once over the flour mixture.
Mix with a fork until the flour mixture is completely moistened.
Pat the dough with your finger tips, up the sides of the pie pan and then in the bottom.
Shell is ready to be filled.
If you are preparing a shell to fill later, or your recipe requires a pre-baked crust, pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Prick the pie crust with a fork and bake for 15 minutes, checking often and pricking more if needed.

Nice and easy ....and flaky and great tasting crusts.

Arranging the strawberries

Cooking the filling

and the pie......YUM!


shweetpotato said...

I just made this pie myself a couple days ago, and YUMM we all loved it. Im going to have to try your recipe for crust, Im still looking for the perfect recipe :D I blogged about my strawberry pie too but your pics are prettier :D Carm

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm going to try your crust recipe! I've never seen crust that gorgeous!

Donna-FFW said...

OMG!! This pie looks ultra fantastic. Gorgeous color and I cant even imagine how good it must taste!

My New 30 said...

Hi Debbie! Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday and dropping a comment. Glad I inspired you to get started with garage gardening LOL!

Your pie looks delicious. I'll be waiting for your rating on mine! ;)

Have a great Friday!


Debbie said...

This looks delicious. It looks similar to a strawberry pie that years back Shoney's would sell when strawberries were in season. The crust looks great too!

teresa said...

Strawberry pie is my FAVORITE. This looks like summer on a plate, and makes me long for BBQ season!

Mommy's Kitchen said...

I love strawberry pie and yours is so pretty. I cant wait to make one.

Karen said...

I've never made a strawberry pie! They're so good, too! I liked that pat in a pan crust; will have to give it a try. Glad to hear the babies and DIL are doing well :)

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