My mom loved to spoil us with tempting desserts like this pretty springtime treat. Toasted sliced almonds sprinkled over the bottom crust, a smooth-as-satin filling and a lovely strawberry glaze make this a memorable pie.
-Lorrie Bailey, Pulaski, Iowa
For my mother's 70th birthday and Mother's Day, I made two of these strawberry pies instead of a cake. Since it was mid-May in Texas, the berries were absolutely perfect. It was a memorable occasion for the whole family.
Sue A. Jurack
There's plenty of sweet berry flavor in this refreshing dessert. Made with sugar-free gelatin and a graham cracker crust, the summery pie is easy to fix and attractive enough to serve to guests. I sometimes substitute fresh peaches and peach gelatin. —D. Smith, Feasterville-Trevose, Pennsylvania.
"A coconut crust and pretty fluffy filling make this dessert special," notes field editor Kathryn Anderson of Wallkill, New York. "When he strawberries ripen here in our Hudson Valley, Many churches feature them at festivals."
Shannon Chabes of Portage, Indiana wanted a lighter version of her grandma's classic summer pie. Our Test Kitchen came up with this one that offers all the flavor of the original but a fourth less fat and 152 fewer calories per slice. How sweet is that?
"Cheesecake lovers will savor every bite of this light and pretty pie, even if they don't have to watch their diets," says field editor Kim Marie Van Rheenen from Mendota, Illinois. "Our whole family enjoys it."
"WE STILL GO OUT to the strawberry farms to pick our own berries for this pie, and a delicious one it is!
"This pie was a family favorite while I was growing up, and it has become the same with my own family, which is nearly all grown.
"Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits, and when they're in season, you can bet this is a treat we have often!"
The second question people ask when I serve them this pie is, "What's your recipe?" It comes right after their first question: "May I have another slice?" I like sewing and quilting, gardening…and canning the surplus! —Lauretha Rowe, Scranton, Kansas