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Fresh strawberries are one of summer’s sweetest treats. This beautiful, easy-to-make dessert displays sweet whole berries in a shiny fruit glaze inside a crisp crust. Plus, the ingredients for this recipe don't cost more than $10 -- this is one great cheap eat!
- Single crust for a 9-inch pie
- 1 quart fresh strawberries
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 of a 3-ounce package strawberry gelatin
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Fit the pie crust into a 9-inch pie pan and flute the edges. Bake the pie crust for about 10 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
- Wash and dry the strawberries. Hull them but leave the berries whole. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk the water, sugar, gelatin, and cornstarch.
- Cook, stirring, for about 10 minutes over medium heat, until the mixture thickens slightly. Set the saucepan aside so the mixture can cool.
- Arrange the strawberries in the pie crust, beginning in the center with the largest berries and filling in with smaller berries as you move toward the edges. Fit berries in as you see fit so that the entire crust is covered with berries. Carefully pour the cooled gelatin mixture over the pie.
Cover the pie with plastic wrap and chill 4 hours.
You can vary the flavor of this pie by substituting raspberries or blueberries for some of the strawberries. You can also use a different flavor of gelatin. Cherry or raspberry also pick up the flavor of the berries.
This pie must be made at least a few hours in advance to give it time to chill, so it’s a good choice for a dessert for a special dinner as there is absolutely no last minute preparation. You can make the pie a day ahead and chill for up to 24 hours before serving.
Make it Faster
Shorten prep time by using a store-bought pie shell, usually sold in the dairy case at the supermarket. If you like, you can also substitute a prepared graham cracker pie crust or a chocolate cookie pie crust.
Tips & Tricks
Handle strawberries with care. Wash them just before you plan to use them and place on a paper-towel lined plate to dry. The easiest way to hull the berries is to run the tip of a small, sharp knife around the stem end of the berry, removing the green stem but leaving the berry pretty much intact.
For a super easy garnish, pipe some whipped cream around the edges of the pie before you serve it.
4 hours 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 4 hours
Baking Time: 10 minutes
How kids can help
Kids can help by arranging the baked pie crust in the pan and fluting the edges, and by arranging the strawberries in the pie shell.