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Sky-High Strawberry Pie

 Sky-High Strawberry Pie
This pie is my specialty. It's fairly simple to make but so dramatic to serve. The ultimate taste of spring, this luscious pie has such a big, fresh berry taste I've had many request to bring it to gatherings. —Janet Mooberry, Peoria, Illinois
8-10 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 3 quarts fresh strawberries, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Red food coloring, optional
  • 1 deep-dish pastry shell (10 inches), baked
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons instant vanilla pudding mix

Directions

  • In a large bowl, mash enough berries to equal 3 cups. In a large
  • saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in mashed berries and
  • water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook
  • and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Remove from the heat; add food coloring if desired. Pour into a large
  • bowl. Chill for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is
  • just slightly warm. Fold in the remaining berries. Pile into pastry
  • shell. Chill for 2-3 hours.
  • In a small bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Sprinkle dry
  • pudding mix over cream and whip until stiff. Pipe around edge of pie
  • or dollop on individual slices. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.