Fresh Strawberry Pie
When Zach and I first started dating we would go strawberry picking every summer. After we rode the wagon back from the berry patch, the Orchard had a little market where you would pay for your berries. They sold little trinkets, Yankee Candles, nick knacks, fresh produce, harvest baskets, candy, etc. They also had an area that offered tool/supplies for the fruit in season.
During strawberry season they always had a section of the market that sold strawberry huller tools, pre-made graham cracker crusts and these packets of red goo pie filling.
Not knowing how to make a strawberry pie, I promptly purchased a pre-made crust and packet of red goo. I made the pie according to the goo instructions and viola! An almost instant pie, tasting of fresh strawberries with just a hint of chemical-cough syrup flavor from the goo. Um... Delicious?
As I got older, and started cooking from scratch, I began thinking I could do better by my strawberries than the red goo.
A few years ago, I went strawberry picking with a friend, who just might be the best cook I've ever been in contact with. She has taught me so much about cooking over the years, the best lesson of all is that fresh is best!
She shared this recipe with me for strawberry pie filling and I'll never go back to the goo...never!
Graham Cracker Crust
1/2 box Honey Made Graham Crackers
6 tbsp melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 350.
Pulverize the graham crackers either by beating them in a Zip Lock bag and a rolling pin, or chopping them up in a food processor. I find, the finer the crumbs, the more even the pie crust and easier it is to slice.
Mix the crumbs with the butter and sugar until the mixture is evenly damp.
Press into a pie plate. I use the flat bottom of a measuring cup to get it even.
Bake 10 minutes or until golden. Let cool.
1 cup crushed strawberries
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
3 Tbsp corn starch
4 cups sliced strawberries
I use a hand held pastry blender to crush my strawberries. (It works really good for making egg salad too!) Add crushed strawberries, water, sugar and corn starch to a sauce pan. On medium heat, cook and stir until the mixture bubbles and thickens. While still warm, mix in the sliced berries and stir to coat evenly. Allow to cool slightly and spoon into the cooked graham cracker crust. Refrigerate. When cool, top with whipped cream.