Monday, September 24, 2012

Strawberry Pie

Perfect Pairing:  Whipped cream or Cool Whip

Summer is officially over.  Hey, I’m the first person to say that I love crisp fall weather, sweaters, football, and all things pumpkin, but I am going to miss summer.  It is my favorite season for so many reasons. 
It really started to feel like fall this weekend around Chicago.  I went to a Cubs game on Saturday and it was not exactly pleasant baseball-viewing weather.  Yesterday was a perfect fall day with bright sunshine.  I spent the day watching my niece and nephews play soccer.  I saw a lot of kids that looked like me when I played soccer at five years old.  My skills included tracking butterflies, picking flowers/weeds, and scoring goals for the other team.  Soccer is not my sport.  Fortunately, it looks like my niece and nephews are not taking after their aunt.

You can bring back a little bit of that summer loving with this strawberry pie.  Have one last summer hurrah before you start celebrating fall with pumpkin or apple pie.  Strawberry pie is so easy and delicious.  My family likes it even more the following day.
I would recommend using my grandma’s famous “Press, no mess, pie crust” recipe for the crust.  It is truly the best homemade crust.  It is made right in the pie plate, no rolling pins needed.

The Perfect Pairing for Strawberry Pie is whipped cream or Cool Whip.  Clearly, homemade whipped cream is the preferred choice but if you want to cut a few corners you could use Cool Whip, chemicals and all.

Strawberry Pie
Adapted by Lindsay at Perfecting the Pairing from Martha T.

·         1 baked pie shell
·         1 cup water
·         1 cup sugar
·         3 Tb cornstarch
·         1 ½ Tb corn syrup
·         3 Tb strawberry jello (powder)
·         1 quart fresh strawberries, sliced
In a large microwavable bowl, combine the water, sugar, cornstarch and syrup.  Cook on high in two minute intervals, stirring between each interval, until the mixture is thick and clear. This can take up to 10 minutes.  Add the strawberry jello and sliced strawberries.  Pour mixture into the pie shell and chill until set.

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