30 minutes later I am back home from the store with a big box of .....yes, you guessed it right - Strawberries :)
The pie turned out pretty good - its a very soft pie since I used crushed vanilla wafers for my crust and a strawberry glaze over fresh cut berries. It wasn't very heavy and since my wafers were the reduced fat kind, It made it easier to believe that I wouldn't have to spend extra hours at the gym - not that it helps in any case :)
vanilla wafers - about 50
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter - melted
2 Tbs sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Crush the wafers in a food processor until its coarse. Add the sugar and the melted butter and mix well. Press the wafer mixture into a 9 inch pie plate and press down and along the sides of the pan. Bake it in the oven for about 8-10 minutes or until slightly brown and set.
Remove the the baked crust from the oven and set aside. Let it cool completely before filing.
6-8 cups strawberries washed
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup corn starch
2 Tbs butter
Combine the sugar and corn starch in a sauce pan. Mash or grind about 2 cups of strawberries to make a thick paste - It doesn't have to be smooth. Add the strawberry mixture to the sugar and corn starch mix and cook over medium heat. Keep stirring until the strawberry mixture thickens. Once its done, remove from heat and add the butter and mix well.
Slice the remaining strawberries and place them in the cooled crust. You could also arrange whole strawberries but personally I think that sliced strawberries are easier to eat. Once the strawberries are arranged in the pie crust, pour the strawberry glaze over them to cover completely. Chill for 2-4 hours and serve with whipped cream.
bon appetit !!!