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Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh Strawberry Pie

This is from the blog Vegan Spoonful.  Very, very good, but messy to serve – it looks so lovely in the pan but pretty much falls apart when you cut it.  It could be a little less sweet – I usually reduce the sugar in desserts, finding them overly sweet – not sure if the sugar here helps gel the syrup, but I suspect not.  In any case, I wonder if a bit more cornstarch would help.

Her directions are very good, but in case that page disappears I’ll make my own:

  • 1 baked pie crust*
  • 8 c fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled (and cut in half if large)
  • 2/3 c sugar (could probably cut this to 1/2 c)
  • 2 T cornstarch (maybe a little more?)

Blend 1 c strawberries and 2/3 c water in a blender until smooth.

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch, then add liquified berries.  Cook and stir over medium heat until thick and bubbly, then continue cooking 2 min more.  Cool 10 min without stirring.

Spread a bit of glaze over bottom and sides of baked pie shell.

Arrange half of berries in shell, stem side down.  Spoon half of glaze over them, coating them all.    Repeat with remaining berries and glaze.

Serve within 2 hours, as it will get liquidy if kept longer.

* To make a baked pie crust:

Make a 1/2 recipe of Pie Crust, and chill for 1/2 hour, either before or after rolling it out I guess – I’ve done it both ways.  Put it in a pie pan and then you need to bake it empty.  I used these directions but I had some trouble.  I put tin foil over the crust and then poured in an entire pound of frozen dry black beans, and maybe that was too many, too cold beans, because after the 20 minutes at 350 it was nowhere near cooked.  After an additional 10 minutes I gave up and took the beans and foil out to let it cook and brown, and when air bubbles came up, I just poked holes with a fork and that took care of that.  It was very good.  Next time I will just poke holes, about six pokes with a fork, and use a pie shield to protect the edges from burning, and watch it carefully.

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