Strawberry Pie

Strawberry pie is a great seasonal pie. It is sweet and delicious and tastes like you must have slaved to make it.   In reality, it is quick and easy to make.  As we come into strawberry season, you might buy farm fresh, local berries but, if not, the stores will soon be stocked with fresh strawberries that you won’t be able to resist.   This pie can be made with blackberries, raspberries, or even a mixture of berries.  Use your imagination and serve one of these wonderful, fresh pies at your next gathering.

Ingredients

6 c. strawberries (can use 1/2 blackberries)
1 c. sugar

3 T. cornstarch

1/2 c. water
3 oz. cream cheese, whipped (optional)
melted bittersweet chocolate (optional)
Baked pie shell, cooled (can use regular or graham cracker crust — I prefer regular)

Directions

Mash enough berries to make 1 cup (you can also use a blender). In a saucepan, whisk together sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in water and crushed berries. Heat over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens. Boil and stir one minute. Cool completely. If using cream cheese, spread along crust. Pour cooked berry mixture and remaining berries (left whole) over crust. Drizzle melted chocolate over the top, if using. Refrigerate at least 3 hours.

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