This is one of my favorites and I love that strawberries are now 99 cents at Aldi! Can they please stay that price from now to the end of summer?!?!
This is one of those recipes that I want to have memorized by heart and make the rest of my life to share with the ones I love. I have grand dreams of being the cute little old granny who makes the most delicious pies and treats that my future grandchildren savor, ask for seconds, and brag about. And they will wonder just how do I make it so delicious. Probably with some butter and love, of course! Until then, I’ve got lots of baking to master and meals to be made and pie crusts to perfect….
With each pie crust I make, I always think that it will be the one that’s going to be picture perfect.
Then, there’s usually some shrinking like this. I guess I just have to practice and make more! At least it tastes good
My husband got me The New Best Recipe recently which has become the kitchen bible. Of course, it’s always out and I’m reading up on the science behind all 1000+ recipes…. or it’s just so big that it doesn’t fit in the cabinet with the rest of the cook books 😉 It’s definitely helping me on my way to pie crust perfection.
O.K. finally on to the recipe so you can savor strawberries all spring and summer!
9-inch baked pie crust (I used the prebaked pie crust recipe from America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Illustrated in the above book)
6 cups strawberries (about 1 1/2 quarts)
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
Mash enough strawberries to measure 1 cup. Mix sugar and cornstarch in 2-quart saucepan. Gradually stir in water and mashed strawberries. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir for 1 minute then cool.
Beat cream cheese until smooth, spread on bottom of pie shell. Fill shell with remaining strawberries, pour cooked strawberry mixture over top. Refrigerate until set, at least 3 hours.
Ha now you know the secret of my wood backgrounds in most of my food photos! It’s an upside down old Seven-Up crate.
I’d love to know what recipes you want to be making for the rest of your life or your favorite for sharing with friends and family!