My favorite day of the week is here, our Grandchildren are here all day. Grandpa had to work today so my Granddaughter and I decided to surprise him with a strawberry pie. It was hard explaining why both grandchildren couldn’t indulge in the sweet-smelling berries, but of course Grandma made an exception. After all, we had to make sure they tasted ok! The first thing you want to do is butter a pie plate. I use cold butter for this.
Next, make the crust. There is no rolling with this pie crust. Just press it into the buttered pie plate, pressing it up the sides. Let me tell you, it is so good! It isn’t like a regular pie crust.
Mix your ingredients until it starts to come together, I used a fork. Then using your fingers, mix until it forms a ball with all the flour incorporated into the butter. Bake the crust until it is just starting to brown. Check it to make sure it’s lightly brown before removing from the oven. I found, in my oven, this took about 3-4 minutes longer than it should have. There is no rule to the timing of some recipes, just make sure they are done but not over cooked. Every oven is different. My oven usually cooks my food 5 minutes earlier than most recipes call for, however, this time the crust took 3-4 minutes longer.
Let your baked pie crust cool. Hull your washed strawberries and cut them into quarters. Let them sit in a colander to drain completely..
Now it’s time to make the syrup that will hold the strawberries together. For this you will need to cook the syrup in a larger heavy bottom pan on top of the stove. Bring syrup to a boil, stirring frequently or the sugar will burn. Let it cool for 10 minutes and add the amazing color and flavor…..Strawberry Jell-O. Pour the strawberries into the syrup and mix together for a few minutes, making sure all of the berries are coated into the syrup mixture. The syrup is still very warm so it helps to softened the berries and make them even sweeter. I used a 9″ pie plate and I had a little leftover for the grandchildren to eat. That went over big! Refrigerate at least an hour, top with whipped cream and enjoy!
Recipe from http://www.myincrediblerecipes.com.
3/4 cup flour
3 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. crushed fine graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 Tbsp. butter, cold
3 quarts washed fresh strawberries
6 oz. strawberry Jell-O
2 cups sugar
6 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 cups water
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a deep 9″ pie plate. In a bowl, mix crust ingredients with a fork until it starts to combine. Using your fingers, continue to mix until all of the flour is incorporated into the butter. Press the dough into your pie plate, pressing the dough up the sides of the pie plate. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool on a rack.
Hull the strawberries and cut them into quarters. Let them sit in a colander so all the water from washing is drained. In a large heavy bottom pan, add the sugar, cornstarch and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and add the Jell-O mixing with a spoon until the Jell-O is dissolved. Cool in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Remove the syrup from the refrigerator and add your sliced strawberries. Fold them into the syrup making sure all of the berries are coated. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Top with whipped cream and enjoy! http://www.InDianesKitchen.com