Thursday, July 14, 2011

Strawberry Pie


I love fresh strawberries and I had a ton I got from the farmer's market on a good deal. So I made a strawberry pie. This recipe is so easy and it was deeeeeeelish.  You make the glaze with jello! So easy peasy.  
Just the 3 oz. box boiled with sugar water makes a great Strawberry Glaze!

I'm gonna do another one in peach for Johnny's birthday next week. We are having everyone over for dinner. I think we'll do some ribs on the barbi. Mmmmmhmmmm. Yeah!

I like to make my crust with real butter. It just tastes better to me, like a yummy crescent cookie. So try your crust with butter. I used 1 cube butter, cut in 1 1/3 cup of flour. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 3 Tablespoons ice water (I add ice cubes to the water before taking out the Tablespoons. 
The glaze is easy..just jello mixed with sugar water and cornstarch...

Then I like to whisk it up mold it into a ball and roll it out on a large zip lock baggie. It just makes life easier and I was out of waxed paper. :D  I rolled it out so it was about 1/2 inch bigger all around than the pie tin layed over it.  Then I cut around it. 

I rolled it out onto the gallon size baggie...you could use waxed paper too.

cuttin' around the upside down tin...1/2 inch bigger for the cute edging...

It's so easy to flip the pie crust into the pan and peel off the baggie...then toss it!

Making the beautiful edging is my fav part. Just pinch between your left thumb and your right thumb and forefinger to make the pointy peaks around your pie crust edge.  Or opposite if you are a lefty.

Don't forget to poke forkholes in the pie crust...then bake at 475 for 8-10 minutes.
While the crust was baking I did the glaze and cut off the tops of the strawberries and washed and dried them. The glaze is super easy. Mix 3/4 cup sugar with 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons cornstarch and put it on the stove till it is smooth and boiling for about 2 minutes. 

Boil the syrup for about 2 minutes....It's a little bit thick....

Take it off the stove and toss in the small box of jello....

Then take it off the heat and add 1 small 3 oz. strawberry jello into the thickening syrup. Whisk it for a minute till it is dissolved and then put it in the fridge for 15 minutes to cool. 

Here's my glaze before I refrigerated it for 15 minutes....

Then arrange the yummy strawberries with the pointy side up in the cooled pie shell. By the time I had the green tops cut off and them washed and dried, the glaze was cool!  Pour the glaze over the top,  coating each of the top strawberries. Then pop it into the fridge for a 1/2 hour until set.

 It was delicious because the top of the crust was still crunchy cookie tasting. I hate pie crust that is all soggy Ug! So we ate that baby up so fast!!!  It was gone by morning. Yum is all I can say.  But I wish I had made 2 of em.  

Who says you can't have a fruit pie for breakfast...NOT ME! 

I'll be dreaming of this pie for awhile......mmmmm good!

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