You can put almost anything in a pie crust, including gelatin based fillings. This type of strawberry pie was popular in restaurants and at lunch counters about forty years ago. The same type of easy to make pie would appear at family and church gatherings during the summer across the United States. Most women had their own versions of the recipe. Some recipes used a graham cracker or crushed cookie crust while others used a standard pastry crust.
- 1 ½ cups of boiling water
- 1 cup of sugar
- 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons flavored gelatin, the same flavor as the fruit
- 3 to 4 drops of food coloring, same as the fruit you use
- Enough fresh sliced fruit to fill a pie shell
Mix the sugar, cornstarch and gelatin in a sauce pan. Stir in the boiling water. Add food coloring if you wish. Stir and cook over medium heat until the mixture is thick.
Clean and slice the fruit. Stir into the gelatin mixture. Pour the gelatin and fruit mixture into a cooled pie shell. Refrigerate until firm.
The most popular version of this recipe uses fresh strawberries.
It makes enough filling for a nine inch pie.
Top with whipped cream or other topping. Save some sliced or whole fruit to garnish the pie.