Almost Spring and today I’m sharing my most favorite Spring dessert. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I have already made two in one week!
You will need:
3 cups fresh strawberries
3/4 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
- Wash, remove caps, and slice strawberries (in that order). Crush 1 cup strawberries and cook with 1 cup water on medium heat about 2 minutes.
- Sieve, draining the juice from the pulp. Let a small amount of juice cool slightly (but still warm) and dissolve the cornstarch in this. You want to avoid having cornstarch lumps in the thickened filling.
- Mix this with the remaining juice. You can add a little red food coloring to this if you like to have a bright red color glaze, but I leave it out.
- Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.
- Pour this over 2 cups strawberries and put it all in a baked, cooled pie shell.
- Chill and top with whipped cream.
If you want to bypass the pieshell for some reason, put the berries and filling in a cute shebert glass and top with whipped cream.
TIP: When buying fresh strawberries it’s always disappointing to see them begin to spoil the next day. To keep them fresh longer, mix one cup of vinegar with 8 cups water and wash them. I swoosh them around in the water about 2 minutes. Often there will be debris around and under the stems, but do not take the stems off before you wash them. You want to preserve all the juice/flavor in each berry.
The vinegar should kill the bacteria that cause the berries to spoil. Rinse throughly, let them drain a few minutes in a colander, then put them on paper towels to dry. You can put them in a sealed container in the refrigerator to enjoy for a few more days.
The container that I have found to be a life-saver (or I should say, fruit/vegetable saver) is this Tupperware container. It has two small tabs that can be opened or closed, depending on the type of fruit or vegetable that you have inside. There is also a listing on the side of the container that tells you which foods require one tab open, two tabs open, or none open. In the case of ripe berries, leave both tabs closed to prevent any refrigerator air from getting to them. This container also works great for lettuce, celery, spinach, watermelon, you name it, whatever fruit or vegetable you need to keep fresh.
I have two of these and use them daily.