I love strawberries. They are my favorite summer treat. Strawberry jam, strawberry scones, strawberries with cream, homemade strawberry ice cream, … the possibilities are endless!
My dear Aunt Martha makes an incredible summer berry pie. Heck, her desserts are amazing. PERIOD.
After I shared homemade pie pics earlier this summer, Aunt Martha encouraged me to also share her simple recipe, which we both regularly tweak. I should note, while it’s lighter than most pies, it’s definitely not considered low-fat. It’s a treat.
To make the graham cracker crust, combine one packet of crushed graham crackers with 3 Tbsp. sugar and 3 Tbsp. of melted butter. Firmly press mixture into 9-inch pie pan and BAKE at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Set aside to allow crust to cool.
Dice 1 quart of strawberries. Cut them small. For real. It takes longer, but it’s worth it.
Boil 1 cup of water, 2 Tbsp. cornstarch, 1 cup of sugar. Mix well. Once it’s clear, add one small box of strawberry jello mix. Let boil a few minutes. Move entire pot to the fridge.
While jello mixture cools in fridge for 10-15 minutes, place diced strawberries in the graham cracker shell.
Pour the jello mixture over the berries and spread it evenly without overflowing the sides of the crust. Move the pie back into the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours. I usually let it chill for 3-4 hours before I dig in.
The pie falls apart on me if I dig in too early. Doesn’t bother me since it all goes down the same. But if that’s something you care about, note that it will likely crumble if you don’t let it properly chill.
Serve with whipped topping. I use light cool whip, but any whipped topping will do.
Dig in and enjoy! Hope you all like this pie as much as we do!
What’s your favorite homemade summer treat?
ohhhhh this looks amazing. anytime you add pudding or jello to the mixture, to get that moist yumminess, it is a good thing. I fear that if I tried to make this I would eat all the graham crackers before completing this crust- I love those sheets of tastiness.
I love making popsicles in the summer! Yum!
It’s pretty darn good! I know what you mean about the graham crackers too. Sometimes I buy the crumbs so as not to tempt myself to eat the whole box!
And yes! I hear you on the Popsicles! Yum!
Yummmmmm! I have to try this soon. Thanks, Aunt Martha!
My favorite summer pie is strawberry rhubarb. I love making ice cream too. Really, I like all the treats.
Aunt Martha says “you’re welcome!”
I saw the pic of your beautiful pie the 4th! Looked incredible! I’d love to try to make it sometime 🙂
You can also change up the fillings — swap out strawberries for raspberries or blueberries, also swap out the jello flavor for raspberry! I’ve not tried this, but Aunt Martha does so regularly! xo
I’m the lucky stiff who’s married to “Aunt Martha.” A few days ago, she DID do the swap out the jello flavor for raspberry & put in fresh golden, red, & wild black raspberries along with blueberries. The pie was just unbelievably good – she even had me whip up some *real* whipping cream (we usually top it with the ever-present Redi-wip) … & yes, Vic’s correct; the longer you can leave it in the fridge, the better it gets (well, up to a point…..).
Hi Uncle Kreg! she told me about her pie variation. I definitely want to try it myself.
As you can see by my final pic in the post, I’m not so great at waiting for the pie to firm up. Ah well….