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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I ran across some beautiful strawberries in the store the other day. I only picked up one container and then after I got home I could have kicked myself for not buying at least one more. They were SO good. I decided to make this yummy pie instead of the typical strawberry shortcake. It was a HUGE success and didn't last long at all! I can't wait to make it again!!

 Strawberry Cream Pie

Use your favorite pie dough recipe. Make pie dough and place in a 9 inch pie pan. Bake pie dough for 15 - 20 minutes on 350 or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and set aside.

  • 2 cups (1 pint) ripe strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
Directions for glaze:

Pick over the berries and choose a cupful of the prettiest ones. Slice in half and set aside.

Crush the remaining berries and place in a saucepan with sugar, water, salt and cornstarch. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the butter. Cool slightly. Set aside.

This is what you need for the glaze.

Set aside some of the prettiest 
berries then crush the dickens out of the rest.

Stir together the crushed berries, 
water, salt, and cornstarch.

Cook until thickened then add a little butter.

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 slightly beaten egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, flour, and salt; gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture thickens and boils. Cook for two minutes. Remove from heat.

Stir a small amount of mixture into the egg yolks to temper them then pour egg mixture back into the saucepan. Cook for two minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add butter and vanilla then pour into baked pie crust.

Arrange the uncooked berries on top of the pie. Spoon the glaze over all. Chill for several hours.

Here's the stuff for the pie. 
Except the crust. It was camera shy, I guess.

Add the sugar, flour and salt to a saucepan.

Pour in the milk and cook until thickened.

Beat the egg yolks then add some 
of the milk mixture to them to temper.

Dump the egg mixture back into the 
saucepan with the thickened milk. 
Cook it a few minutes. Add the 
butter and vanilla.

Pour the filling into the baked pie shell.

Arrange the remaining, halved 
berries on top of the filling.

Then pour the glaze on top.

Chill the pie for a while, then cut 
yourself a big ole piece and smile!