East Tennessee in the spring means fresh, luscious strawberries. I’ve had a lifelong love affair with them.
When I was a child (we’re talking the 1960s, now), my family went to a nearby farm to pick them. It was a family affair. The goal, which my father was quick to repeat often and with ever-increasing volume, was get as many berries as possible – a bushel and a peck, were his exact words. (For those of a statistical bent – that would be 40 quarts total.)
He actually wanted us to get more as he had just purchased a new chest freezer.
Everyone else focused on picking quickly to get home. I appointed myself quality control officer. (Translation: eat more, pick less.) My family was not happy with my efforts.
Fast-forward to a few weeks ago when I came home with a crate plus two quarts of the sweetest, prettiest berries ever. (I did not pick them this time!)
After freezing most, I looked at the berries with a gleam in my eye. With company headed my way, I decided to make a pie.
I’m not a great cook or baker. In fact, most of the time I take so many shortcuts I really can’t say it’s handmade.
But I was pleased with the effort on this occasion.
I think my company agreed. When they left three days later, this was the remains. LOL
People have fussed when I didn’t run the recipe in the past, so here it is. As a former journalist, I know to credit the author. Problem is, I have no clue. I may have swiped it from the back of a package of glaze.
Anyway, here’s the recipe.
Trixie’s Easy Strawberry pie
1 quart fresh whole strawberries, capped (slice 1/4 to line sides of pie)
One frozen pie crust (bake as directed & cool)
1 16 oz. pack of Wicks Pie glaze (strawberry, of course!)
After pie crust has cooled, slice 1/4 of berries and line them along the sides. Fill bottom of crust with whole berries (more is always better ) and fill any gaps with remaining sliced.
Squeeze out glaze and spread evenly over fruit.
Add whole strawberries around the edge of the crust. Chill until ready to eat. I add whipped cream on each slice because I make less of a mess, but covering the whole thing looks impressive too.
What’s your favorite summer treat?