Yesterday, we were invited to our friend Tim's birthday celebration at a park. I volunteered to bring a dessert to the potluck. The park was so beyond beautiful. It was a perfect spring day, which we were so lucky to have since it was the first day of spring! That being said, Paul's photo highlights the sunshine reflecting off of the plastic wrap instead of the beauty of the strawberry peaks.
My apologies to those who are reading this who ate the pie. They may feel gypped in a second. The recipe came from All Recipes.com and was a great success. The recipe for the crust is my mother's and can be found here.
First, I will say this pie was beautiful and used about three pints of fresh strawberries. Here's the amazing part: The strawberries were horrible! I still had them in the fridge because they tasted water-logged, and we didn't like them enough to eat them the way they came. The pie amazingly covered up the not-so-farm-fresh flavor without me having to sacrifice the beauty of what looked like fabulous, fresh whole berries. Sorry to the people who thought it was the best thing ever. It really was an excellent pie recipe, it's just so ironic that all the ingredients weren't absolutely perfect.
Second, I used 3 Tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice instead of Grand Mariner to eliminate the alcohol for the pregnant women and children attending the party.
Third, I loved that you didn't have to use jello. Water and corn starch made the filling solid.
A big thank you to Magally who offered to write a review, but I turned it down as it's hard for many people to believe an excellent review from a six-month-pregnant woman. But it was a great compliment for her to like it. Also, a thank you to Jessica who kept nagging me to cut the pie because she didn't want to be the first person to have a slice. She said it was beautiful and worth the wait. I liked her description that the pie looked like it would be rich, but was actually light and "summer-y". A great way to describe the pie and the day.
Thank you, Tim for having a birthday at such a great time of year to celebrate. Wishing you many more. God bless you now and always.
Cost to Make Pie
- $3.75 Strawberries (Maitland Farmer's Market)
- $0.10 Sugar (Costco)
- $.04 Corn Startch (Walmart)
- $0.01 Salt (Walmart)
- $0.12 Oil (Target)
- $0.10 Flour (Aldi)
- $0.08 Orange (Holliana Groves)
- $4.56 Total