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Custard Pie Recipe

Custard Pie Recipe:

Custard pie is a classic dessert that has been enjoyed for generations. The creamy custard filling, paired with a flaky crust, is a delightful combination that is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. This recipe takes a unique twist by adding fresh strawberries to the mix, creating a delicious and refreshing variation of the traditional custard pie.

History of Custard Pie:
The origin of custard pie can be traced back to medieval times when custard was a popular filling for pies and tarts. Custard, made from a combination of milk or cream, eggs, sugar, and flavorings, was the perfect addition to a pie crust. Over time, different variations of custard pie emerged, with regional ingredients and flavors influencing the recipes.

Fun Facts about Custard Pie:
- Custard pie is often associated with spring and summer seasons when fresh fruits like strawberries are abundant.
- Strawberries in custard pie not only add a pop of color but also provide a burst of sweetness and freshness to the dessert.
- Custard pie can be served either hot or cold, depending on personal preference.
- This recipe uses Dr. Price's Baking Powder, a trusted brand known for its high-quality ingredients and reliable results.

Custard Pie Recipe:

Ingredients:
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons Dr. Price's Baking Powder
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 4 tablespoons shortening
- 1 quart strawberries

Instructions:
1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
2. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and Dr. Price's Baking Powder. This helps to ensure that there are no lumps in the dry ingredients.
3. Add the shortening to the dry ingredients and rub it in lightly with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
4. Gradually add cold water to the mixture, stirring until the dough starts to come together. Be careful not to overmix; you want the dough to be just moist enough to hold together.
5. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and gently knead it a few times until it forms a smooth ball.
6. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to fit the size of your pie plate. Make sure to roll it out evenly and to fold the edges of the dough over the edge of the pie plate.
7. Place the dough in the pie plate and press it down to form the bottom crust.
8. Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until it turns golden brown.
9. While the crust is baking, prepare the strawberry filling. Wash and hull the strawberries, then slice them if desired.
10. In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup strawberries, and 2 cups boiling water. Bring the mixture to a boil and then strain it to remove any solids.
11. In a separate bowl, mix one tablespoon of cornstarch with a little cold water to create a slurry. Add the slurry to the strained strawberry mixture and cook over a hot fire for a minute or two, stirring constantly.
12. Remove the saucepan from the heat and beat the mixture hard to ensure a smooth and creamy texture. Return the saucepan to a slow fire and cook the mixture gently until it thickens.
13. Once the crust has cooled, pour the hot strawberry syrup over the baked crust. The syrup will soak into the crust, infusing it with delicious strawberry flavor.
14. Arrange the fresh strawberry slices on top of the syrup, evenly covering the pie.
15. Allow the custard pie to cool completely before serving. You can also refrigerate it if you prefer a chilled dessert.
16. Slice and serve your custard pie with strawberries. The combination of the creamy custard, flaky crust, and juicy berries is the perfect way to end any meal.

Similar Recipe Dishes:
If you enjoyed this custard pie with strawberries, you might also like to try some other delicious fruit variations of custard pie. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Blueberry Custard Pie: Replace the strawberries with fresh blueberries for a burst of summer flavor.
2. Peach Custard Pie: Use ripe, juicy peaches in place of strawberries for a sweet and aromatic twist.
3. Raspberry Custard Pie: Swap out the strawberries for tart and tangy raspberries to create a vibrant and refreshing pie.
4. Mixed Berry Custard Pie: Combine a variety of fresh berries like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries for a colorful and flavorful dessert.

These fruity variations will add a delightful twist to the classic custard pie recipe, allowing you to experiment with different flavors and textures. So go ahead and get creative with your custard pies, and enjoy the deliciousness they bring!

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