Saturday, June 9, 2012

Fresh Strawberry Pie

The berries are key in this pie, so look for strawberries that are plump, fragrant and fully ripe.
Fresh Strawberry Pie

by Patricia Stagich
Prep Time: 45 min.
Cook Time: 15 min.
Keywords: pie strawberry, gelatin summer

Ingredients (Serves 8)
    For Crust
    • 1 (5 oz) package shortbread cookies
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into pieces
    For Filling
    • 2 lbs. fresh strawberries, hulled
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2-1/4 tsp.)
    Make Crust:
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with rack in the middle.
    Pulse cookies in a food processor to fine crumbs, then pulse in sugar and butter until combined. Press crumb mixture evenly onto bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie plate or tart pan. Bake until golden, about 10-12 minutes. Set aside to cool.
    Prepare filling and assemble pie:
    Select 20 strawberries as close to the same size as possible and set aside. Cut remaining berries into 1/4-inch dice and toss with sugar and lemon juice. Let stand, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Drain berries in a sieve set into a large measuring cup.  Add enough water to measure 2 cups.  Transfer liquid to a medium saucepan and reserve berries. 
    Sprinkle gelatin over strawberry liquid and let soften 1 minute. Bring to a bare simmer, stirring until gelatin has dissolved. Add diced berries, then transfer to a bowl and set in the freezer, stirring frequently, just until mixture starts to set, 20-30 minutes.
    Spoon 1/2 cup filling into pie crust and arrange berries (halved or whole) on filling. Spoon remaining filling over and between berries. Chill pie until filling is set, at least 4 hours.
    Serve with whipped cream.
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    1. Oh boy, imagining this with some fresh whipped cream or a scoop of soft vaniila ice cream....... ahhhhhhhh xo

    2. When I read the title my first thought was "yum":@)

    3. WOW that's beautiful Patti! I like the shortbread crust, Mmmm. I cheated last time I made a strawberry pie, used lemon Jello!

    4. So beautiful!!!! Seriously, this looks sooooooo good, and perfect for summer:-) Love your addition of lemon, YUM! Hugs, Terra


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