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Flaky Strawberry Pie

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + chilling

Makes

8 servings

The attractive pie, with its fresh fruit flavor and flaky crust, is my mom's signature dessert. She has perfected the recipe over the years. Served with a dollop of whipped cream, this is a dessert you'll serve again and again. -Daria Burcar Rochester, Michigan

Ingredients

  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon milk, divided
  • 4 teaspoons water
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 to 1-1/2 quarts fresh strawberries, sliced
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Dash salt
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine 4 teaspoons milk and water; gradually add to crumb mixture, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°. Roll out pastry to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edge of pastry. Line unpricked pastry shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 7 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and remaining milk until smooth. Spread over bottom of crust; arrange strawberries over the top.
  4. In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt and water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Chill until partially set. Pour over berries. Refrigerate until set.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 412 calories, 23g fat (9g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 185mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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