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Pure Strawberry Pie Vs. Fresh Glazed Strawberry Pie

This last weekend was the battle of the strawberry pies at my house.  I had never made a strawberry pie before and I don’t think I had even ever tasted a homemade one, either.  I have been missing out, big time!  What was the reason for this?  Strawberries are a big crop around here -I spent my 5th and 6th grade summers picking them, so I know this!  My Mom was a big pie maker – so why did she never make strawberry pie?  In search of answers to this major dilemma, I called my Mom.  Her excuse was that her family was strawberry shortcake people and she never had strawberry pie growing up.  I am glad this generational cycle of strawberry pie abuse is stopping with my family and I think they are pretty glad, also.  Strawberry pie is to die for.

So, I had the strawberry pie cookoff with my self.  Both pies called for fresh strawberries in a prebaked pie shell.  I adapted the first recipe for Pure Strawberry Pie (Pie #1) from the McCall, Idaho “Cookin’ at the Cabin” cookbook.  This pie made a glaze with mashed strawberries, sugar and cornstarch whilst Fresh Glazed Strawberry Pie (Pie #2) used the secret ingredient of strawberry jello in the glaze.  I found the recipe for Fresh Glazed Strawberry Pie in the Women’s Society Tokyo Union Church cookbook.

As you can imagine, Pie # 2, with the addition of jello was a bit sweeter and redder than Pie #1. So,  I thought for sure, Pie #2 would win my children’s hearts.  I asked Coco which she preferred and right off, she blurted, “Pie #2” and then a few seconds later, “Uuuh, Pie #1”.  The pies were both totally awesome, but in my opinion Pure Strawberry Pie wins because it was the easiest to make and the “purest”.  Judge for your self!

Pure Strawberry Pie

Pure Strawberry Pie

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. fresh strawberries, washed and hulled, half of them cut in half
  • 1 cup/ 1 T. sugar
  • 4 T. cornstarch
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 prebaked pie shell

Cooking Directions:

  1. Line the pie crust with about half of the berries with the cut side down on the crust.
  2. Mash remaining berries with sugar and cornstarch. Cook, stirring constantly over medium heat until mixture boils, thickens and becomes clear. Cool.
  3. Whip whipping cream with 1 T. of sugar until stiff peaks form.
  4. Pour mashed berry mixture over uncooked berries and top with whipped cream.
  5. Serve cold.

fresh strawberry glazed pie

Fresh Glazed Strawberry Pie

 

Fresh Glazed Strawberry Pie

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. fresh strawberries, washed hulled and cut into pieces
  • 1 cup/ 1 T. sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 T. cornstarch
  • 1 small package strawberry jello
  • 1 prebaked pie shell
  • 1 cup whipping cream

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine sugar, water and cornstarch and cook until glossy. Remove from heat and add jello.
  2. Add strawberries and put into pie shell.
  3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  4. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form
  5. Top the pie with the whipped cream.

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{ 4 comments… add one }

  • Nathaniel Figg June 9, 2017, 2:41 am

    Thank you for the two different strawberry glaze recipes. What I’m curious about is which glaze closest resembles what I would end up buying in the store? I’m concerned about the recipe with Jello in it setting up stiff as Jello is want to do. I appreciate your feedback and if you happen to have a picture of the pies without the whipped cream hiding all your hard work those would be awesome to see. Have a great day

  • architect mom June 6, 2011, 1:22 pm

    Thanks for commenting, Sandy!

  • Sandy Vandall June 4, 2011, 12:51 am

    Joan, these strawberries pies look delicious! I am definitely going to try them. Maybe for Father’s Day.
    LOVE your blog!
    Love you!
    Sandy

  • Lynn June 2, 2011, 5:40 pm

    Low on strawberries or find them too expensive? Then do half strawberries and half apples. I have done this with a lot of berry pies and it ends up tasting mostly like the berries. I especially like this with blackberris because it cuts the acidity of the blackberries. Just remember to cut your apple slices thin to cook evenly with the berries.

    Strawberry-Rhubarb-Raspberry-Apple pie is awesome too. So fun to combine the fresh fruits and berries of the season.

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