Strawberry Custard Pies Recipe
- 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
- 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).
Test Kitchen Tip
1 piece: 304 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 202mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
Reviews for Strawberry Custard Pies
"Jek0099--the category is dishes for a potluck, not dishes for "a crowd"."
""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."
"I made this pie with scratch custard the rest of the recipe made it perfect thanks for sharing."
"seriously good pie"
"I've made it twice, a hit both times. Had to do my arithmetic to scale down the recipe, but it was great."
"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."
"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!"
"Though not the best strawberry pie I've ever eaten, this was tasty."
"Also it is great for bake sales!!!"
"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."
"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"
"Very easy for those who are leery of cutting a box of jello in half.1/2 box of jello = 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoonsNot difficult to figure out, all I had to do was pour box out and measure it."
"Absolutely delicious!! My friend even had a 2nd piece, and she never goes back for 2nds. : )"
"Why not make 3 and share with the neighbors? People love it when I bring an unexpected goodie their way."
"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. cornstarch3/4 cup cold waterHalf of a 3-ounce package of strawberry gelatin1 tsp. lemon juice1 3-ounce package vanillapudding mix1 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."
"Just a few simple changes make this recipe so much healthier."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"who needs two pies at one time and to cut a box of jello is ridiculous."
"recipe for just 1 pie please."
"please recipe for just 1 pie"
"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."
"Why is the recipe for 48 servings? Can't you just give the one-pie recipe?"
"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."
"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."
"Ever thought of sharing the extras? Make someone's day!"
"could I make a trifle with this using angel food or pound cake?"
"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?"
"Thank you so much for the reduction. I'm looking foward to trying this recipe."
"I have made this pie for years without the pudding bottom. It is great with just the strawberries. Deb"
"Who makes six pies at once? Would it not be more practical for ingredients for 1 pie?"
"HOW ABOUT CUTTING THIS RECIPE DOWN TO JUST ONE pie? IT WOULD SURE HELP ME OUT."
"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. :)"
"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."
"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!"
"Can this pie be frozen?"
"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"
"Please give the amounts needed for one pie!!!"
"Thank you so much. Can't wait to try it."
"Coul you break it down to one pie?"
"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."