Monday, March 14, 2011

Just another Manic Monday

The news of the devastation in Japan is heart wrenching. My prayers for the survivors and swift assistance in aiding our fellow man.

Today is National Potato Chip Day. Additionally it is 3.14, National Pi day. Hmmm, sounds good to me.

Serve 4 in our family, may serve 6 in your family but I wouldn't bet on it.

1 cup of crushed strawberries
1 pint of the finest pretty strawberries
2 tbsp of cornstarch
1 tsp of butter
1 cup of sugar
4 tbsp of confectioner's sugar
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
Pie crust ingredients:
2-3 oz. pkg of cream cheese
1/2 lb. of butter
3 cups of sifted flour

Crust:
Blend softened cream cheese, butter.
Add flour with the pastry blender, then mold into a small ball.
Chill at least one hour. Divide in half.
Roll one half into a 10 inch round.
Line a 9 inch pie pan.
Prick with a fork and blind bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Cool and fill.
Filling:
Mix one cup of crushed berries, cornstarch, butter and sugar.
Cook over low heat until thick and glossy. Cool.
Assembly:
Line the bottom of the cooled crust with the nicest juiciest berries.
Pour the cooked sauce over the top of the pie and let cool.
Just before serving, whip one cup of cream with 4 tbsp of confectioners sugar and spread over the top of the pie.
Slice several strawberries on top as garnish.
Make two pies, you will have enough dough for an extra crust.
Extra dough can be frozen in a zipper sealed bag for a month, allow to defrost and roll with a touch of flour and a pinch of confectioner's sugar.

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