Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Fresh Strawberry Pie

After a warm spring-like weekend, it is now snowing outside. To keep the spring-time love going, I made a strawberry pie yesterday. And it was yummy :) Here's the recipe...enjoy!

Fresh Strawberry Pie
from Taste of Home

1-1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
4 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon milk, divided
4 teaspoons water
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 to 1-1/2 quarts fresh strawberries, sliced

1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Dash salt
1-3/4 cups water
1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin

1) In a bowl, combine the flour and salt; cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine 4 teaspoons of milk and water; gradually add to crumb mixture, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2) Roll out pastry to fit a 9 inch pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry to half inch beyond edge of plate; flute edge of pastry. Line unpricked pastry shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450 degrees for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 7 minutes longer. Cool completely on wire rack.

3)In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese. sugar and remaining milk until smooth. Spread over the bottom of crust; arrange strawberries over the top.

4)In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, salt and water until smooth. Bring to boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Chill until partially set. Pour over berries. Refrigerate until set.

Have a wonderful day!