Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Happy Canada Day and Mom's strawberry pie

Hi Everyone,

It's Canada Day and with Canada Day comes my mom's strawberry pie since it's strawberry season. I only make this once a year typically and because if I make it more often I eat it more often. It's a very light sweet and easy pie and, unfortunately, when the strawberries are perfect, I am quite capable of finishing off an entire pie in very short order. The pies take about 15 minutes to make but if your strawberries aren't flavourful it's not really worth making.

Here are the ingredients:
- 1 pint (500 mL) whipping cream
- 500 g (a large bag) of marshmallows (miniature are easier though not necessary)
- some sugar
- 2 graham cracker crusts
- strawberries, approximately 4 cups when chopped

Here's how to make it:
Chop the strawberries into smallish pieces - quarter strawberries or less. Sprinkle with sugar to get the liquids flowing.

Melt the marshmallows over low heat - you want them just to lose their shape. Scoop into a large mixing bowl Cool for 15 minutes or cool by placing the bowl in cold water. They just need to come to body or room temperature. You don't want them so cold that you can't stir them.

As you're letting the marshmallows cool, whip up the pint of whipping cream - you can add sugar if you like but it's not necessary since the cream is going to be combined with the marshmallows.

Fold the whipping cream into the marshmallows. Then start adding the strawberries. You may not need to add all the strawberries, if it looks like it's getting too runny then stop adding the berries.

There are two schools of thought on how to fold the strawberries and cream into the marshmallows - you can do it all at once and the theory is that it causes less of the whipped cream to collapse. Or you can fold the whipping cream in first and then add the strawberries gradually. Either way seems to work fine.

Add the mixture to the graham cracker crusts and chill. Pour any remaining mixture into cups and eat later. Garnish with sliced strawberries if you like. Mom usually cuts strawberries in half and puts them on the pie starting from the centre to form a radial pattern. I didn't do that here since I've got some leftover chopped strawberries that I'll drizzle over the pie when I cut it.



Susan Turney said...

OMG! I wish I had to take something somewhere! I'm going to bookmark it and make it sometime. Yum! Thanks!

Vivi said...

miam, miam !!
I think I will try this !!
thank you for the details, Sandy !!