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Strawberry Pie

strawberry-pie2As promised, here is the recipe for strawberry pie.  It was so delicious and refreshing.  I decided to make our crust using part whole wheat pastry flour and part all purpose flour.  You may use 100% all purpose, if desired.  I am just always looking for a way to add more whole grains to our diet.  I have had strawberry pies made with graham cracker crusts before as well.  They are delicious, but I wanted the flaky pie feeling this time around.

You can also cut the amount of sugar by 1/3 of the indicated amount, especially if your strawberries are as sweet as mine.  Next time I might try subbing agave nectar just to experiment to see if it would change the flavor or alter the consistency at all.  We enjoyed our pie with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.  I am sure a scoop of fresh churned ice cream would also be delicious!

Strawberry Pie

crust:

2 cups all-purpose flour (1 used 1/2 whole wheat pastry and 1/2 all-purpose)

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 c. canola oil

5 tablespoons milk or water

dash salt

Method

Stir together flour, sugar and salt.  Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.  Pour oil and milk or water.  Stir lightly with a fork.  Form into a ball and flatten slightly.

Roll between two pieces of parchment paper or pat into bottom of 9″ pie pan with hands.  Prick bottom and sides of pie crust with fork.

Bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool completely.

Strawberry Filling

1 cup fresh strawberries, crushed

1 cup water

3/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot

5 cups fresh berries (see note)

Method

Combine crushed fresh strawberries and cook with 1 cup water for about 2 minutes on medium heat.  Strain through a sieve reserving the berry juice.

Return juice to saucepan and add sugar and cornstarch.  Whisk together.  Cook and stir or whisk until mixture is smooth, thickened, and bubbly.

Place 2 1/2 cups of fresh strawberries in baked and cooled pie shell.  Pour half of the berry sauce over the strawberries.  Repeat layers with remaining 2 1/2 cups of strawberries and remaining sauce.  Chill.

Serve pie cold with fresh whipped cream or ice cream.

Note: You may slice all of your berries for your pie or slice only the berries which are hid under the whole berries on top.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook



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An Abundance of Strawberries!

strawberries-closeupThis past weekend Kevin and I went strawberry picking at a local strawberry patch.  Oh my goodness, talk about the best breakfast ever!  We grabbed some coffee on our way to the patch then sat in the patch noshing on the most delicious berries.  I’m glad they don’t weigh you on the way out because I am sure we ate a couple pounds each!!

The first row we started picking was very abundant.  We picked some nice ripe strawberries and each had about two baskets filled.  We then went back for two more baskets each and started where we left off, which was about half way down the row.  The berries were ok.  Not as good as the beginning of the row and we figured out that it was because other strawberry pickers would start at the beginning of the row, pick half way down, then stop.  We would start at the end and pick our way towards the beginning, hence why this row was picked over already.

Kevin and I then decided to pick up our baskets and hit up another row a few down the line.  Holy jackpot!  You should have heard us in the patch “oh, my look at the size of this” and “wow, that is giant” or “can you believe how big this one is?” and “oh my gosh, this is the best thing I have ever put in my mouth!”.  Were we in a berry patch or elsewhere?  GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER!!!

We finished picking with Kevin practically dragging me out of the patch.  “Just one more, please?'”  I begged.  “Keep walking, keep walking…don’t look down…keep walking”, he would say.  We loaded up the Jeep and headed home.

strawberry-picking(These baskets are only half full because we dumped out the other half into other containers so they would not smash on the way home.  There are more strawberries in my house too!)

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Once we unloaded, I took a picture of all of our berries and weighed them out.  We ended up with close to 50 pounds of berries!!!  When life hands you strawberries, what do you make?  No, not strawberry daiquiris, but that sounds good….strawberry jam!!  So all afternoon I prepped for jam making and spent my Sunday canning and freezing strawberry jam.

canned-jam

I also made a fabulous strawberry layer cake, strawberry pie, and of course…chocolate covered strawberries.  These recipes as well as the recipe for canning and freezing jam are to follow the rest of the week.

strawberry-cake-4To find a strawberry patch in your area or other produce, visit: http://www.pickyourown.org/ or visit your classified section of your local newspaper.