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Berry good pie!


I was talking to Matt Swaim of Sacred Heart radio today and the subject was brambles & berries.  When you think of the Bible and the writings therein, you’ll notice that plants were often referred to and used as symbols. One of those symbols involves brambles – those plants that have thorns or “prickles” on the stems. Berries fall into that category, and yes, berries were eaten during Bible days. For example, strawberries were much, much smaller than those we have today.

Here’s my newest recipe for fresh homemade strawberry pie. My students say it tastes better than Frisch’s/Big Boy’s pie. Substitute raspberries for the strawberries if you like.


Baked pastry shell

Generous 4 cups sliced strawberries (leave whole if real small) –  2# berries

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup cold water

3 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Garnish: Whipped cream

Stir together sugar, water, lemon juice and cornstarch. Add 2 cups berries and stir gently. Cook and stir over medium heat until thick and bubbly, then lower heat to a simmer and cook and stir 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. After chilling, fold 2 generous cups of berries into mixture. Pour into pastry shell and chill a couple of hours or until firm. Serve with whipped cream. Best eaten the day it’s made.

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