Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Best Strawberry Pie

This pie has just the right amount of sweetness. Here is the recipe.

Hot water crust
Put 1/2 cup of shortening in a bowl and pour 1/4 boiling water over it.  Stir until smooth and creamy.  Then sift 1 1/2 cups of flour with 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of baking powder.  Stir this into the shortening until it forms a ball.  Chill for 1/2 an hour.   Roll out the dough and fit into a 10" pie pan.  Prick it all over and bake at 500* for 6-8 minutes.  This crust holds up well to wet pies.

Strawberry pie
Sort 3 pints of strawberries, clean and trim.  Place one pint of imperfect berries in a saucepan with 1/2 cup of water and boil for 3-4 minutes.  Mix 1 cup of sugar with 3 tbs. of cornstarch and add to the berries, stirring constantly, until the glaze is clear and thick, about 3 minutes. allow to cool a bit.  Arrange the other berries in the crust and pour the lukewarm syrup over, coating each berry.  Chill and serve with whipped cream.  Yummy!

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