I love to bake. I especially love to bake pies. When I was little, I remember sitting in the kitchen watching my mom cook while I waited to eat whatever “usually” wonderful concoction was being created. When I was finally old enough to use kitchen utensils on my own, I tried my hand at a few different things. Today I am happy to say I know my way around the kitchen fairly well. Mom gave me all of her recipes, most of which I use. There are a select few that will forever remain ignored in my recipe book as I just don’t think I will be able to bring myself to eat them. Pie, however, is something I never ignore.
Last week I threw in my 2 cents about homemade strawberry jam. This week, since it’s still strawberry season, I’ll share one of my favorite strawberry pie recipes. It’s easy, delicious and doesn’t take long at all. I am a pretty busy person so my evenings are usually booked.
After work one night last week, I had a dinner scheduled at 6 p.m. with a girlfriend. I left work at 5, drove the 15 minutes home, threw the pie together and still made it to dinner on time.
For those of you who don’t like to slave away all day in the kitchen, this is a great pie to make. The most time consuming part is taking the stems off of the strawberries.
So here it is!
Graham cracker crumbs (crust instructions on box)
*Use 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter – not 1/3 cup like the box suggests. I’ve actually tried using just 1/3 cup and the crust doesn’t stay together as well as it needs to.
Takes about 10 minutes to cook in oven so this is about when I start cutting the stems off of the strawberries. It’s also best to leave the strawberries whole.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2T corn starch
1 quart of strawberries
1 large package of jello (you can use any flavor you wish, but I prefer strawberry)
Boil the sugar, water and corn starch until thickens. A word of caution: You may want to wear gloves for this because when the mixture starts to boil it tends to splash a bit and boiling glaze on the skin does not feel that great.
Add 1/2 large package of strawberry jello. (I know this sounds weird, to not just add a regular package of jello, but there really isn’t enough in one of the regular size packages to make this pie be the best it can be.) Take off heat. Add 1qt strawberries.
Combine strawberry mixture with crust and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour, to set. The end. The whole process takes only about 20 minutes.