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Strawberry Custard Pies Recipe

Strawberry Custard Pies Recipe

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 YIELD:48 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 6 pies (8 servings each).

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tip

  • Only need one pie? Just use 1/6 of each ingredient
  • Nutritional 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 User ID: 6274346 250485
    Reviewed 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!!"

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    SheriAM User ID: 8437021 228945
    Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

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

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    jek0099 User ID: 4691582 110038
    Reviewed 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."

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    PIEGRL User ID: 7141412 86049
    Reviewed Aug. 9, 2013

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

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    KathyMcDonald User ID: 4774763 63763
    Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

    "seriously good pie"

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    KathyMcDonald User ID: 4774763 155351
    Reviewed 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."

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    jadamski User ID: 4741042 207907
    Reviewed 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."

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    keljo1976 User ID: 4500208 90441
    Reviewed 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!"

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    vewebber58 User ID: 998755 139413
    Reviewed May. 16, 2011

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

    MY REVIEW
    shadowmt User ID: 5935275 156180
    Reviewed May. 6, 2011

    "Also it is great for bake sales!!!"

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    shadowmt User ID: 5935275 69968
    Reviewed May. 6, 2011

    "I don't have any problem keeping 1 for my self and giving the other 5 away! Our Senior Citizen Home is more than happy to get the extras. Most people are just to selfish to give of themselves these days."

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    KScales User ID: 3262967 207906
    Reviewed May. 2, 2011

    "For those who commented on why this recipes makes so many pies, when it was originally published it was part of a "Cooking for a Crowd" feature. As many people have said, this recipe easily cuts down. Paulette's post below gives the recipe for making 1 pie (except the lemon juice should only be 1/2 teaspoon). When we measured half a box of gelatin, it equaled 3 tablespoons plus 1-1/4 teaspoons. Save the remaining to make this pie again, or prepare gelatin using half the water.

    Taste of Home Test Kitchen"

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    HelenMiko User ID: 5572410 69965
    Reviewed May. 2, 2011

    "Very easy for those who are leery of cutting a box of jello in half.

    1/2 box of jello = 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
    Not difficult to figure out, all I had to do was pour box out and measure it."

    MY REVIEW
    HelenMiko User ID: 5572410 86044
    Reviewed May. 2, 2011

    "Absolutely delicious!! My friend even had a 2nd piece, and she never goes back for 2nds. : )"

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    lindamooierler User ID: 5086769 139409
    Reviewed May. 1, 2011

    "Why not make 3 and share with the neighbors? People love it when I bring an unexpected goodie their way."

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    paulette__ User ID: 4090220 137669
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "Page 1 of this thread, the third post down, Aquarelle recalculated this recipe back in 2009 to make one pie!  

    Here's the recipe:
     
    Strawberry Custard pie (makes single pie)
     
    3/4 cup sugar
    2 tbsp. cornstarch
    3/4 cup cold water
    Half of a 3-ounce package of strawberry gelatin
    1 tsp. lemon juice
    1 3-ounce package vanilla
    pudding mix
    1 pastry shell
    1/2 lb. fresh strawberries
    I just emptied the strawberry gelatin into a small bowl (which I'd tared out) on my kitchen scale, then spooned off half of it, and sealed up the rest in a ziploc bag for the next time I make this."

    MY REVIEW
    LovetheBeach2 User ID: 5960829 110028
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "Just a few simple changes make this recipe so much healthier."

    MY REVIEW
    LovetheBeach2 User ID: 5960829 63760
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "Changed the sugar to Stevia,

    Gelatin to sugar free, Pudding to sugarfree, pastry shells to fat free grahamcrust, and sugar free/fat free whipped topping. Now the calories are way down and it taste GREAT!"

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    BIGRUNNINGTAZ User ID: 94457 63758
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "THIS RECIPE IS A KEEPER. IT'S DELICIOUS. IT'S SO SAD TO SEE SO MANY PEOPLE NOT ABLE TO CUT A RECIPE DOWN TO MEET THEIR NEEDS. WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO!!! WE HAVE BEEN SPOON FED TOO LONG. WE NEED TO USE OUR BRAINS."

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    vewebber58 User ID: 998755 207905
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "Oops.....I didn't realize there were so many comments on this pie, and that someone several pages of comments ago had already given the amounts for one pie!"

    MY REVIEW
    vewebber58 User ID: 998755 87015
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "To make one pie, convert to 1/4th cups and to tablespoons. For instance, for three pies you'd need 2 1/4 c. of sugar, which is 9/4's. For one pie you need 1/3 of that, so you divide by three which would be 3/4 c. of sugar. For the cornstarch, convert to tablespoons......3/4 c. would be 12 tablespoons, and 1/6th of that is 2 tablespoons, the amount needed for one pie. The amount of water is the same as the sugar, you'd have to use 1/2 a package of gelatin, convert the tablespoon of lemon juice to teaspoons.....there are three teaspoons in one tablespoon, so for one pie you need 1/2 a teaspoon. Then you'd need one package of pudding mix, one pastry shell, and 1/2 lb. of strawberries. You could always save the extra gelatin for another pie, or use half the water it calls for to make plain strawberry gelatin.......not a big deal, the gelatin isn't expensive."

    MY REVIEW
    saylorsan User ID: 4561477 86965
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "who needs two pies at one time and to cut a box of jello is ridiculous."

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    AnnetteMc User ID: 2017810 90412
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "recipe for just 1 pie please."

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    Jane Emmerich User ID: 1381550 141198
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "please recipe for just 1 pie"

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    JZDragon User ID: 5575386 158760
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "A little fifth grade arithmetic will cut this recipe down to managable size. Cutting down to 2 pies is easier--just divide by 3. If you really want to cut it down to 1 pie divide everything by 6. If you do this, you will need to measure 1 box of jello and use only half of it."

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    gerri678 User ID: 1022235 156178
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "Why is the recipe for 48 servings? Can't you just give the one-pie recipe?"

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    Mary Katherine Schober User ID: 5818616 156177
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "Can't believe calcutors are so hard to find. This recipe is extremely easy to cut down to two pies even in your head because all of the amounts are easily divisible by 3."

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    Flatnose User ID: 3766460 156174
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "Don't know yet....I would first need a recipe made for 1 or max. 2 pies....don't know how to cut down this recipe...it sounds really yummy."

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    mrshilly User ID: 5885836 163160
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "Ever thought of sharing the extras? Make someone's day!"

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    gramhome User ID: 2599236 110025
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "could I make a trifle with this using angel food or pound cake?"

    MY REVIEW
    bziol User ID: 698746 90374
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "I have always made the pie without the pudding filling, but will definitely have to try this one. I too can't believe that people are unable to divide a recipe to fit their needs. I wonder what they would do if a recipe needed to be doubled?"

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    Princess Ann User ID: 281518 86041
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "Thank you so much for the reduction. I'm looking foward to trying this recipe."

    MY REVIEW
    mkkeyes User ID: 1880180 139408
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "I can hardly wait to try this pie. I am amazed, however, that people do not know how to divide the ingredient amounts to make one pie!"

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    bitaemo User ID: 5272209 158370
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "I have made this pie for years without the pudding bottom. It is great with just the strawberries. Deb"

    MY REVIEW
    ShellyMother User ID: 3045662 63753
    Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

    "Who makes six pies at once? Would it not be more practical for ingredients for 1 pie?"

    MY REVIEW
    CLRAE User ID: 574381 156131
    Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

    "HOW ABOUT CUTTING THIS RECIPE DOWN TO JUST ONE pie? IT WOULD SURE HELP ME OUT."

    MY REVIEW
    cocos_mama User ID: 1241847 156129
    Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

    "Great pies! The filling is also good as a trifle (no crust obviously). When you pour the pudding in you should let it set for a few minutes before adding the strawberries and jello mix. Otherwise the jello will mix with the pudding giving it an ulgy marbled look. Still tasted great though. :)"

    MY REVIEW
    Aquarelle User ID: 985301 78900
    Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

    "crazybizzy, I have a very small family (a husband and a daughter) so I've become an old pro at halving and quartering recipes. (This one was actually pretty easy.) I would think that your ideas to reduce the sugar/carb content would work just fine. The other day I had the idea of substituting raspberries for the strawberries when the raspberries are in season (using raspberry gelatin instead of strawberry, of course). I won't have raspberries until July, but I'll be sure to post how well it works out here."

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    crazybizzy User ID: 1816721 207904
    Reviewed May. 27, 2010

    "I just found this, and I'm glad Aquarelle re-calculated for one pie! I will make it, BUT can I use Splenda or Zylitol instead of 3/4 cup of sugar plus sugar free vanilla pudding to get the carbs lower? 52 net carbs in one piece is a lot!! Now I'll check out the vid on sugar free strawberry pie. Thanks!"

    MY REVIEW
    Redhead122 User ID: 1130585 110022
    Reviewed May. 27, 2010

    "Can this pie be frozen?"

    MY REVIEW
    mpcedarok User ID: 2700301 86025
    Reviewed Apr. 9, 2010

    "I haven't made it yet.But it's just what I've been looking for to cook for my community center dinners. Now I won't be using the pudding mix I'll make my own. Thank you so much! Irene"

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    OLou User ID: 714104 155347
    Reviewed Apr. 5, 2010

    "Please give the amounts needed for one pie!!!"

    MY REVIEW
    MarySadler User ID: 3054744 156128
    Reviewed Apr. 5, 2010

    "Thank you so  much. Can't wait to try it."

    MY REVIEW
    MarySadler User ID: 3054744 69964
    Reviewed Apr. 5, 2010

    "Coul you break it down to one pie?"

    MY REVIEW
    Aquarelle User ID: 985301 139407
    Reviewed Mar. 29, 2009

    "Great pie! However, this recipe is way too large for a small family. To make just one pie use the following measurements:

    3/4 cup sugar
    2 tbsp. cornstarch
    3/4 cup cold water
    Half of a 3-ounce package of strawberry gelatin
    1 tsp. lemon juice
    1 3-ounce package vanilla
    pudding mix
    1 pastry shell
    1/2 lb. fresh strawberries
    I just emptied the strawberry gelatin into a small bowl (which I'd tared out) on my kitchen scale, then spooned off half of it, and sealed up the rest in a ziploc bag for the next time I make this."

    MY REVIEW
    katejudy311 User ID: 3820802 207903
    Reviewed Mar. 1, 2009 Edited Apr. 8, 2009

    "WOW! This is now my favorite pie. My family couldn't get enough of them. I'm glad the recipe made a big batch. I can't wait to make them again."

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