August 9, 2011

tasty tuesday: strawberry pie

Ok yall, lets get serious... you can ask my mom what my absolute favorite dessert is and she will, without hesitation, say strawberry pie. I've never been a big cake fan. I've always preferred fruit desserts more than anything. Peach cobbler, cherry crisp, apple pie, and of course, strawberry pie. This is no ordinary strawberry pie. It's my Gram's (mom's mom) recipe, and I'm about to let you in on the best thing you've ever eaten. Best part about it? It's super easy to make! Let's get started!

Gram's Strawberry Pie:

-1 Pillsbury Pie Crust (you could make you're own, but that little dough boy does a pretty darn good job)

-1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened

-1 1/2 quarts strawberries

-3/4 cup of sugar

-3 tbs. all-purpose flour

-1 tbs. cornstarch

-1 pint Cool Whip

Bake your pie crust according to package directions. Let cool completely before filling.

While the crust is cooking; wash, drain, and hull strawberries. Set aside. (To be honest, I never hull the strawberries)

Spread softened cream cheese on cooled pie crust. (The cream cheese has to be room temp. I always forget this part!) Layer half of the strawberries on top of the cream cheese.

Mash the other half of the strawberries. In a saucepan, over medium heat, cook sugar, flour, cornstarch, and mashed strawberries, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 5 to 7 minutes. (Mine always takes a little longer than this. Don't get impatient, the sauce pretty much has to come to a boil to thicken. If you don't let it get thick, your pie will be runny) Remove from heat and cool slightly before pouring on top of strawberries in the shell. Chill in refrigerator for about 3 hours or until firm.

Top with Cool Whip before serving. Enjoy!

I'm telling you, you won't be disappointed. Its the perfect summer dessert!

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