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Strawberry Pie Recipe

Strawberry Pie is a delightful dessert that combines the tangy sweetness of strawberries with a flaky pastry crust. This classic American pie has been enjoyed for generations and is a perfect way to showcase the abundance of fresh strawberries during the summer months. With its vibrant color and irresistible flavor, Strawberry Pie is sure to be a hit at any gathering or as a special treat for yourself.

Fun fact: The origin of the Strawberry Pie can be traced back to early settlers in America who used wild strawberries to create this delicious dessert. The combination of strawberries and a flaky pastry crust was an instant hit, and the recipe has been passed down through generations with slight variations.

To make a delicious Strawberry Pie, you will need the following ingredients:

- 2 cups water
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Pastry for a single crust pie

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make a mouthwatering Strawberry Pie:

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
2. Roll out the pastry dough on a floured surface and carefully transfer it to a pie plate. Trim and crimp the edges as desired.
3. Prick the bottom of the pastry with a fork to prevent it from puffing up during baking.
4. Bake the pastry in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until it turns a very light brown. This helps ensure that the crust remains crisp once the pie is filled.
5. While the crust is baking, bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan.
6. In a separate bowl, mix together the cornstarch, flour, and sugar with 1/2 cup of cold water until smooth.
7. Separate the eggs, saving the egg whites for later use. Add the egg yolks to the cornstarch mixture and mix well.
8. Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the boiling water, stirring constantly. Continue cooking the mixture for 5 minutes, ensuring that you stir it continuously to prevent lumps from forming.
9. After 5 minutes, remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice, grated lemon rind, and salt. The lemon adds a bright, citrusy flavor to balance the sweetness of the strawberries.
10. Now, it's time to assemble the pie! Pour the lemon filling into the prebaked pie crust, spreading it evenly.
11. In a separate clean bowl, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Gradually add 3 tablespoons of sugar while continuing to beat the egg whites until they are glossy and stiff.
12. Spread the beaten egg whites thickly over the top of the pie, using a spatula to create decorative peaks if desired. This meringue topping will add a beautiful finish to the pie.
13. Sprinkle some additional sugar over the meringue, and you can even use a kitchen torch to lightly brown the top of the pie for an extra touch of sweetness and texture. Alternatively, you can return the pie to the oven for a few minutes to brown the meringue.
14. Once the pie has cooled, refrigerate it for at least a few hours to allow the filling to set and the flavors to meld together.
15. Serve chilled and garnish with fresh strawberries if desired.

There you have it - a delicious Strawberry Pie to enjoy! This pie is best enjoyed within a couple of days as the texture of the fruits can start to soften over time. It's the perfect dessert for picnics, barbecues, or any occasion that calls for a refreshing and fruity treat.

If you have any leftover strawberries, here are a few other recipes you can try:

- Strawberry Shortcake: A classic dessert that layers fresh strawberries and whipped cream between layers of sweet, crumbly shortcake biscuits.
- Strawberry Jam: Preserve the sweet flavor of strawberries by making your own homemade strawberry jam. Spread it on toast or use it as a filling for pastries.
- Strawberry Parfait: Layer fresh strawberries, yogurt, and granola for a healthy and delicious breakfast or dessert option.
- Strawberry Smoothie: Blend fresh strawberries with yogurt, ice, and a sweetener of your choice for a refreshing and nutritious smoothie.

Enjoy exploring the wonderful world of strawberry recipes and savor the sweet taste of summer!

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