Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fantastic Strawberry Pie

This is an excellent family recipe of mine - I remember my dad making two of these after a day of picking our own strawberries at the local farm. I only made one this time - with store bought strawberries - but it was still delicious!

Stuff you should obtain:
1 graham cracker pie crust
4 cups strawberries
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 ounce package strawberry Jello

Notes about ingredients: I have no idea what 4 cups of strawberries actually is. Generally I just put in enough strawberries to fill up the pie crust - this time that was all the berries from one of the plastic cartons from the grocery store. The graham cracker crust was just one of the pre-prepared ones from the store, although you can make your own if you're so inclined.

What you should do:
1) Prepare the strawberries!
Obviously cut the green leaves off the strawberries. The recipe calls for the whole berries to be placed in the pie, but if you have larger berries I suggest cutting them in half (or quarters) so that they lay better in the plate.

2) Boil the mixture!
Place the water, sugar, and cornstarch in a small saucepan and cook over low heat. Wait until the mixture begins to boil, stirring often, and then boil for 2 more minutes. In case your stovetop is lame like mine is, yes it does boil eventually, and you will be able to tell by the small bubbles popping on top of the liquid. When it's ready the mixture will be thick and clear.

3) Add the Jello!
After boiling the mixture, add the packet of Jello mix. Stir until all of the Jello mix is dissolved, and then pour the syrup-like mixture over the strawberries.

4) Refrigerate and enjoy!
Even though it looks delicious now, you have to put it in the refrigerator for a few hours for the pie to set. After it's set, enjoy the delicious sweet pie! (Add some whipped cream on top to make it super awesome.)

Artsy strawberry pie picture.

Leftover Capability:
Can you have leftovers of a pie? Depending on how big you like your slices, you can get 6-8 slices out of it.

But What About My Money?:
Graham Cracker Crust$1.37
Strawberry Jello$0.99
I didn't include the sugar price as I mooched off my roommate, but it wouldn't add that much to the total. Cheaper than a store-made pie and so much better!

Final Grade: A+
I love this recipe and it is so easy to make - there's definitely a reason why it's a passed-down family recipe.

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