Pie, Pie, Me Oh My
You know that scene in the movie Michael where Andie MacDowell sings her pie song?
Pie, pie, me oh my…nothing tastes sweet, wet, salty and dry…all at once, oh well it’s pie…
I kind of get where she’s coming from. I might have to write my own pie song after the one we enjoyed on Saturday night. Some people love strawberry shortcake in the summer. While I wouldn’t turn a strawberry shortcake down, for me, it’s all about the pie. There’s a restaurant in Shreveport called Strawn’s that serves what might be the best strawberry pie in the world. While this pie doesn’t outdo Strawns’, it comes awfully close.
Simple Strawberry Pie
1 quart of strawberries, hulled and quartered
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
pinch of salt
1 store-bought or homemade pie shell, baked and cooled
Line the baked pie shell with enough strawberries to cover the bottom (about 2 cups):
In a saucepot, combine remaining strawberries, water, sugar, salt and cornstarch. Cook over medium heat. With a fork or masher (I used a potato masher and it worked well), begin to mash strawberries as the mixture cooks. You can make it completely purred, or you can leave some chunks of berry. After about five minutes, the filling should be nice and thick.
Pour filling over pie shell and refrigerate until set (about three hours).
Top with homemade whipped cream or whipped topping.