4.15.2010

strawberry jello pie


This strawberry jello pie recipe came into my hands a few weeks ago. 
As part of my wedding shower, my mother-in-law requested that all the guests bring 
a recipe with them (since both my fiancee and I love cooking). 
You'll be seeing a lot of these recipes show up here.




This particular recipe was given to me by my Aunt Julie. She happened to have 
the original recipe card that my Grandmother wrote it on. I love that it's handwritten 
on an index card, and has thumbtack holes in it. Since my cousin Katie came out to visit 
last weekend, this was the perfect "family recipe" to bake together.


The recipe doesn't include the crust, so we decided to try a graham cracker crust. 


The recipe is so simple: butter...


graham crackers


and sugar!

It was a little messy but super easy. Take about a dozen graham crackers. 
Put them in a plastic bag and crunch them with a rolling pin.


You need 1 1/2 cups total graham cracker crumbs. 

 
Add in 1/4 cup granulated sugar.

and 6 teaspoons of butter that has been melted.


Mix together in a medium bowl with your fingers, until all the crumbs have been moistened and the mixture stick together when compressed.

 
Using your fingers, press the mixture firmly into a pie plate. Make sure that you evenly 
distribute the crumbs so that your crust is thick enough on all sides and the bottom.


Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, the edge of the crust should just begin to brown. 
Let cool completely while you make the filling.
 

 Combine 1 cup water, 1 cup granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 
and a few drops of red food coloring in a medium saucepan.


 Cook over medium heat until 'thick and clear' as Grandma says.


 Remove from heat and stir in 4 tablespoons strawberry Jello mix. 
This will brighten up the color and give the flavor a big kick!

 
Let the mixture cool for a bit.


 In the meantime, wash a pint of strawberries. 
We sliced ours in half so that they would lay flat in the crust.


Line your pie crust with the berry slices. You can throw them in or make a pattern.


I of course had to make them neat. I started with the outside edge and worked in.


 Isn't it pretty?


Pour the Jello mixture over the berries. You may need to gently tap your pie tin 
to work some bubbles out. Refrigerate for a few hours.

 
 Slice up and serve topped with whipped cream. YUM.


Just to recap your ingredients... 

Crust
1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar

Pie Filing
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons corn starch
few drops red food coloring
4 tablespoons strawberry jello mix
about 1 pint of fresh strawberries, sliced

3 comments:

  1. Love those old, handwritten recipe cards, with stains that bear witness of much use. I have framed some to hang on the kitchen wall :-)

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  2. Awe that is so sweet to see Grandma's handwriting now. :) I wonder if Dad remembers that recipe?! Beautiful pictures as always.

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  3. We call this "Fourth of July Strawberry Pie"!

    Yummy!

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