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Strawberry Custard Pies

These pies were a spring special at a restaurant where I used to work. Whoever was the cook that day had to bake them first thing in the morning and again in the afternoon, as soon as strawberries were ready. —Caroline Park, Pritchard, British Columbia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6 pies (8 servings each)


  • 4-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 4-1/2 cups cold water
  • 3 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 6 packages (3 ounces each) cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 6 pastry shells (9 inches), baked
  • 3 pounds fresh strawberries, halved
  • Whipped cream, optional


  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; gradually stir in water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in gelatin and lemon juice until gelatin is dissolved. Cool to room temperature.
  • Prepare pudding mixes according to package directions. Pour into pastry shells. Top with strawberries. Carefully spoon gelatin mixture over berries. Refrigerate until set. Garnish with whipped cream if desired.
Test Kitchen Tip
  • Only need one pie? Just use 1/6 of each ingredient
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 304 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 202mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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    • tsuop
      Jul 15, 2016

      The title is.................."25 Potluck Desserts to Feed A Crowd" I reduced it to 1 pie to see if it was good enough to take to Church "To Feed Crowd" It is !! Yummy!!

    • SheriAM
      Jul 4, 2015

      Jek0099--the category is dishes for a potluck, not dishes for "a crowd".

    • jek0099
      Nov 25, 2014

      "Interesting to note that people are asking for this recipe to be cut down to 1 pie when it's posted under recipes to feed a crowd.It seems quiet appropriate to me to list the recipe for 6 pies.

    • PIEGRL
      Aug 9, 2013

      I made this pie with scratch custard the rest of the recipe made it perfect thanks for sharing.

    • kitchenmadness
      Jul 23, 2013

      No comment left

    • KathyMcDonald
      Nov 23, 2011

      seriously good pie

    • KathyMcDonald
      Aug 29, 2011

      I've made it twice, a hit both times. Had to do my arithmetic to scale down the recipe, but it was great.

    • jadamski
      May 24, 2011

      I made one pie using the measurements listed in one of the reviews. I didn't care for the pudding in this recipe. I was hoping for more of a custard taste...maybe I would like it better w/ a creamcheese-type base.

    • keljo1976
      May 23, 2011

      For Mothers Day, I made the full recipe for 6 pies. Wish I had made more. After giving to my 2 moms, I gave to 2 helpful neighbors and left 2 at home. Well each pie for home lasted a day each. Wish I had made more! :) Everyone loved these and my neighbor came over the other day and asked for the recipe. She ran to the store, came back to my house and we made 6 more!

    • vewebber58
      May 16, 2011

      Though not the best strawberry pie I've ever eaten, this was tasty.