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I had no idea I’d be making strawberry pie this week, let alone developing my own strawberry pie recipe; but when I spotted a u-pick strawberry sign on the way to our cabin last Saturday, it quickly got added to the agenda. Strawberry season is pretty much over and done with back home. The kids were busy with end of the year projects and finals when the berries were ready to pick, so we just never made it to our local patch.
I was really bummed that we wouldn’t be adding any strawberry jam to the freezer this year. But, something cool I’ve discovered about our cabin: the weather up there is about two weeks behind our weather back home. And that means strawberry season is also two weeks behind. Woo hoo! Gotta love second chances, especially when berries are involved.
So, we picked four gallons of berries Monday morning, and by Monday night, I had 15 pints of strawberry freezer jam safely tucked in the basement freezer and plenty of berries left to play with. I had somehow made it 35 years without making a strawberry pie, and I decided that needed to change. But, as you probably know, most strawberry pie recipes call for Jello, and that didn’t exactly excite me. So, I dug and dug until I found a strawberry pie recipe that didn’t call for Jello, and I made it.
It was good; everyone enjoyed it, but I knew I could do better. So, I pulled some more berries out of the fridge, and got to work developing my own recipe. I like to keep things simple, so this recipe is as simple as I could get it. Aside from the strawberries, it just calls for cornstarch, sugar and salt. It turns out you don’t need that Jello at all because everything gelled beautifully. And you know what? When you keep things this simple, you can actually taste the berries. And if you ask me, that’s how it should be. Want to take my strawberry pie for a test drive? Here’s the recipe.