Being on a pie kick, you’d think that baking one would go smoothly for me.
Anyway. I managed to make a tasty strawberry pie, but it took some improvising. And it didn’t look the way I wanted.
I had imagined a pile of shiny red juicy beautiful strawberries covered in a clear glaze. Just bursting with color and vitality and deliciousness.
I got the deliciousness down, but ended up with more of a strawberry gel.
The good news is that it is still tasty, and it’s a good way to hide a batch of berries that aren’t particularly pretty looking. My boyfriend gobbled down multiple pieces in one sitting.
When in doubt, just drown it in whipped cream*.
*Does not work with parenting or house fires.
Here’s what went wrong:
1) The recipe I was working off of said that corn starch plus sugar plus water = clear glaze. This was not the case for me – I ended up with a definitely gelled, but definitely white liquid.
2) Said recipe also said to mash the strawberries. My masher kept slipping off of the berries and even attempting to squish them between my fingers didn’t work (they weren’t very ripe). So I threw them in a food processor instead. (Hence the gel-like consistency of the pie).
3) The instructions said to line the bottom of the pie with strawberries, then pour the filling over them. I did this, expecting the berries to rise. They didn’t.
4) Because the berries didn’t rise, I felt the need to put more strawberries on top – to look pretty. Then I ran out of strawberries and had to dig into a box of raspberries.
None of these issues have anything to do with flavor, thankfully. But we all know that it feels disappointing to be aiming for a pretty dish and end up with something… less than.
In any case, if you’re interested in a tasty, yet iffy looking pie of your own, I still thought I’d include the recipe below. Enjoy!
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 Tablespoons corn starch
- ¾ cup water
- 1½ pounds strawberries, sliced
- 1 pre-baked pie shell
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Mint for garnish (optional, but kinda pretty)
- If your strawberries are pretty ripe and mashable, mash about half of them and set aside.
- Over medium heat, whisk together the water, sugar, and corn starch and keep stirring until very warm. (2 minutesish).
- Now stir in mashed strawberries and keep stirring until the mixture is very thick (5 minutes or so).
- Pour into pre-baked pie shell.
- Arrange remaining strawberry slices over the top for decoration.
- Chill in the fridge until firm.
- Top with whipped cream and mint (optional).
- Serve and enjoy!
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