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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother's Day strawberry pie

As a child, I loved strawberries. We had a strawberry patch in our backyard and each day when in season, my mother would send me out with a bowl to pick some to enjoy with meals. My mom would stand at the kitchen window and watch me as I would eat one and then put one in the bowl -- that was until the day I picked up a snake and screamed like a little girl, running into the house. The novelty of picking and eating strawberries in my backyard was over after that.

My mom would make a delicious strawberry pie along with fresh whipped cream with our strawberries. I have the recipe but for some reason it never sets right but I found a version online that tastes just the same. Enjoy!

Strawberry Pie

1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked (I used graham cracker crust)
1 quart fresh strawberries
1 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Arrange half of strawberries in baked pastry shell.

Mash remaining berries and combine with sugar in a medium saucepan. Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Gradually stir cornstarch mixture into boiling strawberry mixture. Reduce heat and simmer mixture until thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. 

Pour mixture over berries in pastry shell. Chill for several hours before serving. In a small bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Serve each slice of pie with a dollop of whipped cream.

Happy Mother's Day to me!

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