With strawberry season fast approaching, it’s time to think about making strawberry pies, tarts and just about any other kind of strawberry dessert. Without hesitation, I will tell you that fresh strawberries are one of my very favorite fruits! At our house, we have a strawberry patch right outside of our kitchen window. We love to go out and “graze” on fresh strawberries first thing in the morning. When the strawberry plants are at their peak of production, I gather them up into a big bowl. So, when the strawberries actually make it into the house, I love to turn them into a big mounded-up fresh strawberry pie!
To make a pie, you’ll need about 2 pounds of fresh strawberries (or more – it depends on how high you want to mound it up!) Wash the berries and remove their little green “wig.” Then hull the strawberries. (By the way, HERE is a great tip to make it easy on yourself. Plus, it’s a fun way and kids like to get involved!) Put the hulled berries into a bowl and set aside.
Bake a pie crust shell according to the directions on the package (or make your own homemade crust recipe.) Bake and allow to cool.
Here’s what you need for this delicious strawberry glaze:
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 - 3 oz. pkg. Strawberry Jello (you can use sugar-free)
- Stir together the dry sugar with the cornstarch until well combined.
- Add the water and cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly.
- Stir in dry jello and whisk constantly until smooth.
- Pour over hulled, fresh strawberries and stir gently to coat. Use to make a fresh strawberry pie or other strawberry topped dessert.
Stir together the dry sugar with the cornstarch until well combined.
Add the water and cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly.
Stir in dry jello and whisk constantly until smooth.
Allow to cool slightly before pouring over the hulled strawberries.
Stir gently to coat the strawberries evenly. (Don’t chill the glaze or allow it to cool too long before coating the berries or it will gel up and be difficult to spread.) Carefully spoon the glaze-coated berries into the baked pie shell and chill until serving time. A dollop of fresh whipped cream sends this pie over the top!
This glaze can be used for any dessert that needs a pretty, and flavorful strawberry topping.