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It’s hard to go wrong when you’re working with berries

Strawberry desserts are so much fun to make because the “wow factor” is instantaneous. It does not matter what you make with them, it will look and taste delicious! Of course the best way to eat a strawberry is when it is warm from the sun in the patch or sliced in a bowl sprinkled with crispy white sugar, but a little more effort will reward you with a stunning dessert.

This fresh strawberry pie recipe is nothing new but it seems new every summer. It is made with instant clear jel; which means you do not need to cook it. Be sure to use the instant clear jel, not regular clear jel or the pie won’t set.

 

Fresh Strawberry Pie

 

1 – 9” baked pie shell

1 quart (4 cups) fresh strawberries

1-3/4 cups white sugar

1/3 cup instant clear jel

2 cups sliced strawberries

Whipped cream for garnish

Additional fresh strawberry halves and fresh mint sprigs for garnish

 

In a medium bowl, mash 1 quart strawberries with a potato masher. You can leave it a little chunky to add texture to the pie.

In a small bowl, mix white sugar and instant clear jel.

Quickly stir the sugar mixture into the mashed berries. It will thicken right before your eyes. Set aside while you slice the 2 cups of strawberries.

Put half the mashed strawberry mixture into the pie shell.

Spread the 2 cups sliced berries on top of the mashed berries.

Top with remaining half of mashed berries.

The pie can be chilled for a few hours at this point;  it will set better or you can garnish it and serve immediately.

Serves 6.

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