Birthday Goodies!

Chocolate cupcakes for the party with friends...

Glazed Strawberry Pie for actual birthday dinner with family...
(It was too hard to put 10 candles into a pie without a top crust, so we compromised on one giant candle to wish on.)

Prepare one baked pie shell and allow time to cool.

Wash and hull six cups fresh strawberries.

Using the smallest berries, crush enough to make one cup strawberry puree.

Cover and refrigerate the remaining berries.

In a heavy bottomed saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons cornstarch.

Stir in 1/2 cup water, then the strawberry puree.

Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture thickens and the gel is clear.

Remove from the heat and stir in 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice and 2 tablespoons butter until the butter is completely melted. Let cool to room temperature.

When the the crust and the glaze are cooled, cut the pointy ends off the reserved strawberries and set aside. Thinly slice the rest of the reserved strawberries and fold into the glaze. Spoon the glaze into the pie shell. Arrange the strawberry points in a decorative pattern on top of the glaze, pressing the cut sides into the glaze as far as you can without the glaze running over the sides of the crust.

Refrigerate pie until serving time. At the last minute, top with sweetened whipped cream.

Thanks to Marilyn Moore's Wooden Spoon Dessert Book. The birthday boy went on and on and on about how good it was.

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Blogger quakerboy said...

Any way you could save a piece of that pie until 8th month when we visit San Francisco :-)? You made my mouth water just reading about it.

Love and peace,

5/13/2008 3:59 PM  
Blogger Robin M. said...

Craig, we're lucky if pie lasts 24 hours around here. But there will still be local strawberries in August, I could make another one. But in August, there will also be PEACHES!

5/13/2008 5:04 PM  
Blogger Gil S said...

Eating strawberries for our picnic lunch before Area Meeting on Sunday Chris and I agreed that there was no better way of having them, except perhaps a glazed pie - and then I read your post!

Belated greetings to the birthday boy. My youngest will be 26 on Monday and as he is on his travels I will send him a virtual cake via Facebook.

All the best

5/14/2008 5:07 AM  
Blogger Robin M. said...

Gil, we were eating strawberries last night at a potluck at our meetinghouse, and one woman kept asking, are you sure you didn't add any sweetener? The guy who brought them said no.

It's just that time of year when strawberries are that good. This realization is helping my resolve to eat what is local and in season as much as possible. It really does make a difference.

5/14/2008 12:35 PM  
Blogger Laurie Chase Kruczek said...

Bless you Californians, for we ate many of your strawberries and raspberries the past two weeks. The Oregon berry season starts in June, usually, and lasts about 2 months. I planted 40 native strawberry plants this spring (the coreless kind that are red all the way thru and have very little pectin), and THEY ALL HAVE FLOWERS NOW! Our whole family can't wait to devour them. We have to try your delicious recipe for pie :) YUMMY!

5/15/2008 7:39 PM  

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