Monday, 16 August 2010

No-bake Strawberry Cream Pie


- 2 lbs. fresh strawberries (about 4 pints), tops removed, plus 4 strawberries reserved
- 1-1/4 cups milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 5 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 10 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 Tablespoon confectioners' sugar

Place 2 pounds of strawberries in a blender and blend on high until pureed, about 10 seconds.
Combine milk, sugar and cornstarch in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and whisk until dissolved.  Add the strawberry puree and lemon juice.  Cook on high heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture is thick and bubbling (about 7 minutes), remove from heat.
Place graham cracker crumbs in a 10" x 1-1/2" deep pie plate, drizzle with melted butter and mix until the crumbs are moistened.  With the back of a spoon, press evenly into the bottom and sides of the pie plate to form a crust.  Pour strawberry filling into crust and let cool completely (about 45 minutes).  Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Just before serving, place heavy cream in a mixing bowl and with an electric mixer, blend on high until stiff peaks form.  Add confectioner's sugar and blend another 10 seconds.  Using a spatula, spread the whipped cream over the filling.
Slice reserved strawberries, add to the top and serve.


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