Saturday, June 16, 2012

Strawberry Glaze Pie

Baseball games, going to the lake, 
playing in the sprinkler, the ice cream trucks,
 and cookouts.
But nothing says summer like 
homemade strawberry pie!
We have never met
a strawberry pie we haven't liked.
But let me tell you this one is different.
Instead of a "normal" pie crust, this crust
is almost like a cookie. 
Thanks to our friend, Liz A. we have made 
this version for the last 5 or 6 years.
In fact I think that first summer 
Dakota and Jamey made this one 
over and over....and over.
You start with the basic stuff on hand.
Flour, brown sugar, butter, cornstarch, 
and red food coloring.
Fresh strawberries.
We weren't able to make it to 
the local farmer's market so 
we bought some at the grocery store.
Mix together the flour, brown sugar,
 and melted butter for the crust. 
Press the crust into the pan with your fingertips.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes.
Take some beautiful strawberries (okay...ours aren't really 
beautiful but they will do).
Wash, hull, and slice the strawberries.
Then to make the glaze crush 1 cup of 
 strawberries and cook them 
with 1 cup of water for about 3 minutes.
Then sieve them.
This mean to separate the liquid
 from the cooked strawberries.
The easiest way to do this is like shown above.
Place a colander on top of an empty bowl.
Pour the cooked strawberry and 
water mixture into the colander.
Let all of the strawberry "juice" drain into the bowl.
 Toss the yucky cooked strawberries
 that you end up with.
This is the lovely red strawberry juice that 
comes through the colander. Keep this.
Put the berry juice back in the pan.
Combine sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl.
Stir the sugar/cornstarch mixture into the juice.
 Cook and stir until thickened.
Add a few drops of red food coloring.
Place half of the sliced strawberries
 into the cooled crust. 
Pour half of the glaze over them.
Repeat with the rest of the 
strawberries and glaze.
This is the "naked" strawberry pie.
 Looks good.
But it would be even better 
all dressed up with whipped cream.

 Strawberry Glaze Pie

1 1/2 cups flour
4 Tbsp. brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
2 lbs. strawberries,washed, hulled, and sliced.
1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
red food coloring
Whipped cream or Cool Whip

Stir together the flour and brown sugar.
Mix in the melted butter.
Press this mixture evenly along the 
bottom and up the sides of a pie plate.
Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven
for about 10 minutes.
Do not over bake.

Crush 1 cup of your strawberries.
Cook with 1 cup of water over 
medium heat for about 3 minutes.
Toss the yucky berries but keep the juice.

Combine 3/4 cup of sugar with 3 Tbsp. cornstarch.
Whisk into berry juice.
Cook and stir until thick and bubbly.
Add a few drops of red food coloring.

Place half of the remaining strawberries
 in the bottom of the pie crust.
Pour half of the glaze over the strawberries.
Add remaining strawberries and 
top with the rest of the glaze.
Top with whipped cream.


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