STRAWBERRY PIE (serves 8)
*1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked and cooled
*1 1/2 quarts fresh strawberries
*1 cup sugar
*3 tablespoons cornstarch
*3/4 cup water
~Arrange half of strawberries in the baked pie crust.
~In a medium sauce pan mash the remaining strawberries.
~Add sugar and mix.
~Cook over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
~In a small bowl mix together cornstarch and water.
~Gradually add cornstarch mixture to the boiling strawberry mixture.
~Reduce heat and simmer until strawberries thicken, about 10-12 minutes. Make sure you are continually stirring it, to avoid scorching it.
~Pour mixture over strawberries in pie crust.
~Chill in refrigerator for several hours. Make sure the pie is set before cutting.
`Paint a thin layer of melted chocolate on the crust, before filling. Let chocolate set for about 10-15 minutes (this helps avoid soggy crust).