Friday, May 13, 2011

Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie

Serves 8.

Before she went to her eternal home, my wonderful and beautiful grandmother, Mimo, gave me some of her cookbooks. All of them I treasure because of who they came from, but a few of them I treasure even more because of their age and appearance. I found this recipe in a compilation cookbook published in 1948 in the same area my great-great-grandfather, Mimo's dad, built the summer cottage at Atwood Lake we continue to use and cherish today.
Slightly adapted from: Out of Tuscarawas County Kitchens cookbook
Crust recipe: Mimo

1-1/2 sticks butter
1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
3 T. sugar

1 qt. fresh strawberries (I used 1-1/2 quarts)
1 c. sugar
2 T. cornstarch
1 T. butter

1 c. whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make pie crust by melting butter in a saucepan over medium low heat. Add sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in flour until well combined. Press into a pie plate. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

Cut 1/2 of strawberries in 1/2" pieces. Cut the remainer in half only. In a medium saucepan, cook diced strawberries with sugar, cornstarch, and butter over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Add remaining halved strawberries to saucepan and stir to combine.

Pour strawberry mixture into baked pie crust. Chill for at least 6 hours, or until set. Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream upon serving.

A Note From The Little Lady: The pie crust is Mimo's recipe and, in my opinion, really makes this pie. It's not hard and you'll get rave reviews, so don't skimp and use a store-bought crust!

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