1 recipe Pastry for a single crust pie or frozen pie crust
9 cups fresh strawberries, stemmed and halved
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Several drops red food coloring (optional)
Fresh Mint Leaves (optional)
Finely Shredded lemon Peel
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare pastry for pie crust or use ready made crust (frozen). Bake in oven for 6 to 8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
- For strawberry glaze, in a food processor or blender combine 1 1/2 cups of the strawberries and the water. Cover and process or blend until smooth. In a medium saucepan stir together sugar and cornstarch; stir in pureed strawberries, Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 3 minutes more. If desired, stir in red food coloring. Remove from heat; cool for 10 minutes without stirring.
- In a large bowl combine the remaining 7 1/2 cups strawberries and the strawberry blaze; toss gently to coat. Transfer strawberry mixture to the baked shell.
- Chill pie for 1 to 3 hours. (After 3 ours, the bottom of the pastry will start to soften) If desired, top with lemon peel and fresh mint leaves.