06 July, 2011

Fourth of July

Do you have a favorite recipe that you only use for family get-togethers or BBQs? How about only for the Fourth?
My absolute favorite summertime dessert is Mom's Fresh Strawberry Pie:

2    tablespoons cornstarch   
1    cup sugar
1    cup water
8    tablespoons strawberry-flavored gelatin (about one large box of gelatin)
1    quart fresh strawberries (approx. 2 pounds) 
1    9-inch baked pie shell, cooled
1    8 oz. container of whip topping

1.    Mix cornstarch and sugar in a saucepan; slowly stir in water until blended.  Cook over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly.  Add gelatin and stir until it dissolves.  Remove from heat.  Let cool at room temperature, but do not allow it to get cold, or it will be too firm to add berries.
2.    While mixture cools, wash and hull berries.  Dry well on paper towels. (I place paper towels on top of berries, too.)  Cut the berries in half or quarters.  Add 2/3's of the berries to the cooled gelatin mixture.  Stir gently, to cover all berries.  Add more berries if needed.  Pour mixture into a baked pie shell.  Chill pie 2 to 3 hours. 
3.    Just before serving, add whip topping.

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