Thursday, September 5, 2013

PIE MAKING TIME

This summer, during one of my many trips back home to Nevada, MO, William and I took in the Vernon County Youth Fair.  One of the traditions at the fair is eating at the Fair Diner and getting a piece of homemade pie.  You see, back in the day, each family in 4-H and FFA was to bring 2 homemade pies to the diner during the fair.  The Diner would sell the pieces of pie and the money would go toward the general fund to benefit the kids.  The same applications apply today except that there is a couple of flaws in their process.  The first is that most mom's today don't make homemade pies and the second is that there is a significant drop in enrollment of kids in 4-H and FFA today compared to back in the day and there are just as many people still coming to the fair for a piece of homemade pie.  So, the fair board enlisted the help of a woman saint in town and she graciously agreed to make hundred's of pies for the fair for the cost of ingredients.  One of the pies she made was my favorite, strawberry round pie.  And while eating a piece of strawberry pie, my bestie said this is really good pie, but not as good as I remember your strawberry pie.  William picked right up on that comment.  He said "What!, Wait!  Why haven't I ever seen or tasted this strawberry pie you talk about?"  Great, thanks Cindy.  I thought you were my best friend!  lol.  So when we returned to Texas, I had to make William a strawberry pie.  And here it is.Normally I would make my own crust but for some reason, I had a frozen pie crust in the freezer.  (That's my story and I'm sticking to it!)  Since William is 17 years old and I obviously haven't made a strawberry pie in at least 17 years, I forgot that you need to chill the pie completely before serving it. 

It's a little soupy and didn't really set up.  William was so anxious to sample it.  It tasted just as yummy as I remember and he thought it was "awesome".  It did however set up when it was completely chilled.  The recipe is super quick and easy. 
 
Here is the recipe I used:
 
STRAWBERRY PIE
 
1 quart of fresh strawberries sliced
1 pie crust baked and cooled
 
Glaze:
3 Tbsp strawberry jello powder (do not use sugar free)
3 Tbsp cornstarch
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
 
Mix ingredients for the glaze in a small saucepan.  Heat until boils and mixture is thick and clear red, not milky (about 3 minutes).  Place sliced strawberries in baked pie shell.  Pour glaze over strawberries.  Chill in refrigerator.  Serve with whipped topping. 
 
By the way, my second favorite pie is coconut cream which I don't get very often because Gregg doesn't like it, and then there's banana cream which my Uncle Roy claims that I make the best banana cream pie he ever tasted, but wait I love apple pie too, especially my sister Jacque's apple pie.  Ok, my favorite pie really is round.  No wait, it's also square....

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