Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Yum Pie!

I took 3 pies to work with me on Monday and they earned rave reviews.  I brought one ice cream pie and two berry pies.  The first berry pie was gone in a blink of an eye and the second one went almost as fast so by popular demand the recipe for Summer Berry Pie.

This a recipe my mom found in one of those little cookbooks you find at the checkout of grocery stores.  With a few minor changes it has become a favorite of my family.

Summer Berry Pie

1 graham cracker crust
3/4 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons corn starch
1 1/2 cup water
1 small package of strawberry jello (the kind with 4 servings)
3-4 cups of berries
Whipped Cream (lots and lots)

Combine the sugar and the corn starch in a medium sized pot and slowly add the water stirring with a whisk to avoid lumps.  Heat over medium to medium-high heat.  The hotter the heat the more attention you need to pay to what is going on in the pot.  When the mixture comes to a boil let it boil for one minute and then remove the pot from the stove and whisk in the jello.  Let the mixture cool until it is room temperatureish.  While you are waiting for it to cool you can prepare the fruit.

You can come up with the 3-4 cups of fruit any way you wish but I generally use a big clamshell of fresh strawberries and a package or two of frozen mixed berries.  I try to buy the frozen berries that don't have strawberries in them so the pie doesn't get overly strawberryish but whatever combination of fruit you want will work.  I generally take the frozen fruit out of the freezer first thing to give it time to defrost.  The crust can be homemade but I generally buy the pre-made grocery store kind that says 2 extra servings.

When the jello mixture is cool (the more frozen berries you are using the less cool it needs to be) mix the berries into the mixture and just pour the whole thing into the pie crust.  Be careful not to over fill the pie because the mixture is still quite liquid at this point an has a tendency to run over the edges.  I may or may not have firsthand experience in this tendency.  Put the pie in the refrigerator for at least a few hours (preferable at least 4-6) to let it set up and then enjoy topped with lots of whipped cream. Enjoy!

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