Monday, March 18, 2013

Summer Berry Pie

This is...hands favorite pie. Through the years I have made lots of pies...hundreds and hundreds. Pie is hubby's favorite dessert...and breakfast. Pie for breakfast has been known to happen around here.

Once we were all eating apple pie for dessert...which was pretty much a weekly occurrence .. and our girl, then 6, asked her Daddy what his favorite pie was. A thoughtful expression overtook his features and he contemplated before replying, "Guess." Needless to say each child took turns naming a pie,
*Hubby shakes his head*
"Pecan?" and the list continued. Before long, they were inventing pies. Hubby finally raised his fork and looked at each child with a twinkle in his eye, and says, "I like 2 kinds."  looking at our boy, he grins, "Hot." and turning to our girl, "and cold." They both broke out into fits of laughter, and hubby's eyes twinkled brighter.

That was a long time ago, but it seems like only yesterday, and telling it now REALLY makes me miss the kids and those days. Last week our girl was home from college and I whipped up this pie while she was out moving cattle with her Daddy. She said she needed to come home to see her Mama and Daddy and get her butt in a saddle. :) She was only home for 48 hours because although it was spring break, she is working towards getting into Vet School and her job does not have a spring break. So lots of cooking and baking and salsa making ensued.

We all love this pie and I hope y'all do too. It's a great one to make when those summer temps start to soar because you never have to turn on the oven. I found it in a magazine many moons ago, and rarely does it last past one moon around here:

Summer Berry Pie:

Graham Cracker Crust (Sometimes I buy it, sometimes I make my own)
3/4 C sugar
3 Tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 C water
1 small package red jello (I love cranberry, but it has been hard to find)
1 C each blueberries, sliced strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries (yes, you can use the frozen mixed berries if you prefer) and I usually add probably twice that many berries - so probably 6 or 7 cups of berries total.
Cool Whip or whipped topping of choice

*Mix sugar and cornstarch  in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Gradually stir in water, stirring constantly until smooth. Cook on medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for a few minutes until it begins to thicken. Remove from heat, and stir in gelatin until completely dissolved. Stir in berries. Pour into crust and refrigerate for 3 hours or until set. Garnish with whipped topping and leftover berries.


Dorian said...

This sounds like a great pie Karin! I am not too much of a pie eater. But my dh loves it. He always wants pie for his birthday and eats it at all times of day and night. I do like pie sometimes though, and my favorite is my apple/blackberry one. Just about any fruit pie is a winner though :)

Carol said...

YUM! YUM! YUM! I know there's not any left or I'd be on my way...LOL! Thanks for sharing.

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

Yummmm, that sounds refreshing. Would have been good Friday or Saturday, but we are back in the deep freeze now with so much fog you can cut it with a pie server!!!

My daughter is here and what fun we are having with the sewing machine and shopping. I know how much you enjoyed your daughter's visit!

Nancy said...

Oh my, the pie looks delicious!

Glad to hear that your daughter came home for a short visit. Those times are indeed precious.

Mary E. Stephens said...

I think my dad and husband would both agree with your husband on the kinds of pie they like. ;-)

That recipe looks good. Some of us can't eat gelatin much, but I think I could make some changes so we could enjoy this. :-) I may give it a try. I have some delicious mixed berries in the freezer.

Judy Laquidara said...

Why did you do this when I'm trying to lose weight? It looks amazingly delicious!

Cheryl said...

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe....I can't wait to give it a try. I know my family will love it.

Denise :) said...

Oh YUM! This sounds terrific -- and pretty darn easy for looking so tasty!! Loved the 'warm or cold'! :)

Pauline said...

OH, OH this one is right down my alley! I have the frozen berries, so this is on my to do list for today.
Thanks Karin, you have some great recipes.

Michigan Gal said...

Yum! I want to try this come summer with fresh berries which are prolific around here. Thanks for sharing another favorite with us. :)

Nancy said...

I love pie for breakfast, too! (But thankfully we don't have pie here very often or I would be as big as a barrel.) I love your husband's sense of humor.

Scrapatches said...

This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Kathy said...

Oh your pie looks delicious...come on Summer

Michigan Gal said...

This was one delicious pie!

Bridget said...

and for people who have trouble with gelatin, I skip the gelatin and add a cup of blueberries or mixed berries to the sugar/cornstarch mixture I am cooking, and cook until the berries burst and the mixture thickens. In fact, one time I failed to wait to add the gelatin at the end and mixed it in with the sugar at the beginning. No worries and no problems, have made it that way ever since!

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