Sunday, June 1, 2014

Strawberry Glaze Pie Recipe

I love looking through my Momma's old cookbooks.  They're like time capsules.  Our old address and phone number written in the inside covers - along with my Momma's name {always written in the traditional fashion of Mrs. James A. P...}.  Receipts, recipes from the electric cooperative newsletter, a list of tips entitled "Are Your Kids Driving You Crazy" {LOL!}.

But, I went looking for a strawberry dessert to satisfy the wishes of the Mr. and the kids.  I found this Strawberry Glaze Pie recipe submitted by Mrs. Henry Lustgarten from Wilmette, IL.  The recipe is from the cookbook, "Favorite Recipes of America:  Desserts" copyright 1966.

1 1/2 quart fresh strawberries
1 9-in pie shell {deep dish}, baked according to package directions
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons butter
red food coloring {optional}

Wash, drain and hull strawberries.  Place 1 quart of berries in baked and cooled pastry shell.  Crush remaining berries {while the original recipe says "crush", you really need to puree the strawberries in order to make the glaze}.  Combine pureed berries with water, sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan.  Boil for 2 minutes or until clear.  Add butter and enough food coloring to give a bright red color {I found the food coloring was not needed}.  Spoon glaze {slightly cooled} over berries in pie shell, making sure that all berries are covered.  Cool {in refrigerator until set}  Cover with whipped cream before serving.

Mary Ellen note:  Some of my glaze did not make it all the way to the bottom layer of fresh berries, though that did not in anyway diminish the taste!  Next time, I will probably add a layer of glaze to the bottom of the cooled pie shell before adding the fresh berries.  Or maybe a layer of whipped cream.  Or both!  I don't think there's a wrong answer when it comes to strawberries and whipped cream LOL!  


Mary Ellen