Foodie Friday: Pie Heaven

Many thanks to ShaRhonda Crow for sharing this week’s recipe!

My oven is out of order from May 15- September 15 or at least until the temperature outside stays below 80 degrees. My thermostat creeps too high if I turn that heat maker on. I made an exception today. It’s August and 73 degrees outside. We have had an awesome Summer in Oklahoma this year, wouldn’t you agree? Loving this rain. Who can possibly complain about rain? I needed/wanted to make a pie. A strawberry pie by me has been on several of my friends wish list lately. Most commercial strawberries in the U.S. are grown in California or Florida, where the strawberry growing season runs from January through November but peak season is April through June. I’m a little out of peak season, so when I can find strawberries for .99/lb. I grab them. Thanks Aldi.

This strawberry pie recipe is from the kitchen of my mother in law. It’s in one of those family cookbooks that was given to me the minute I said the words I DO. I have substituted Splenda and sugar free Jello and it is still very yummy! Today’s version is the full of sugar version.  I usually double this recipe and give one away. It’s really fun when I also make it in a personalized etched pie plate that I made for them. But that’s another post….

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Strawberry Pie

Pie Crust:
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 C oil
2 T milk
2 T sugar

Mix ingredients. Pat in pie plate and bake at 400* for 15 minutes until light brown. Make this first!!!

Filling:
3/4 C sugar
scant C water
3 T Flour
2 T Karo syrup
2 T strawberry Jello
red food coloring (optional)
Halved strawberries, enough to fill the pie plate!

Cook until thick. add Jello and some red food coloring (enough for color). Pour over strawberries in pie shell. Refrigerate. Top with favorite whipped topping.

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Now if I can just figure out how to crimp those perfect pie crust edges and make the chocolate pie with the meringue up to the ceiling. Some things I have decided to just let the mother in law do as long as she can and will. Until then, I will just eat the pie I can and will make and that my friends is a little slice of pie heaven.

Like the recipe? Click here for a downloadable recipe card:

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