STRAWBERRY SUPER PIE
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup chopped pecans
2 pounds strawberries, divided
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/4 cups whipping cream
1/4 pound cream cheese, softened
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. For crust, mix melted butter with flour, confectioners’ sugar and pecans. Press into a buttered 10-inch pie plate. Bake for 25 minutes or until light brown. Allow to cool completely.
Start topping by mashing enough strawberries to make 1 cup. Cut tops off rest of strawberries and set aside. Place mashed berries in a saucepan and add water. Mix sugar and cornstarch into crushed berry mixture and bring to boil on top of stove, stirring. Boil about one minute or until clear and thickened. Set aside to cool.
For filling, whip cream until stiff. In another bowl, beat cream cheese with vanilla and confectioners’ sugar. Carefully fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Spread in cool crust and refrigerate.
When crushed berry mixture is cool, pie can be assembled. Stand whole berries on top of creamed filling, cut side down. When entire filling is covered with whole berries, carefully spoon cooled crushed berry mixture over all. Cream filling should not be seen between whole berries. Once crevices have been filled, do not overload pie with crushed berry mixture as it will just drip over sides. Any leftover crushed berry mixture is delicious on toast or English muffins. Refrigerate pie until ready to serve.