Strawberry Pie

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INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 9 inch pie shell, baked and cooled
4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Whipped cream

2 cups whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
DIRECTIONS

Sprinkle the powdered sugar over the cooked pie crust.
Fill pie crust with 2 cups of the largest berries.
In a saucepan, crush the remaining 2 cups berries (I use a potato masher).
Add in sugar and cornstarch; stir to combine.
Cook and stir constantly over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until the mixture is thickened and clear.
Add in lemon juice; stir.

recipe from: http://www.food.com/recipe/best-fresh-strawberry-pie-107192

Just cherry pie

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Ingredients
4 cups fresh or frozen tart cherries
1 to 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 tablespoon almond extract (optional)
Your favorite pie crust or pie dough recipe for 2 crust pie
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, to dot
1 tablespoon granulated sugar, to sprinkle

Directions
Place cherries in medium saucepan and place over heat. Cover. After the cherries lose considerable juice, which may take a few minutes, remove from heat. In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cornstarch together. Pour this mixture into the hot cherries and mix well. Add the almond extract, if desired, and mix. Return the mixture to the stove and cook over low heat until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and let cool. If the filling is too thick, add a little water, too thin, add a little more cornstarch.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Use your favorite pie dough recipe. Prepare your crust. Divide in half. Roll out each piece large enough to fit into an 8 to 9-inch pan. Pour cooled cherry mixture into the crust. Dot with butter. Moisten edge of bottom crust. Place top crust on and flute the edge of the pie. Make a slit in the middle of the crust for steam to escape. Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for about 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool.

Recipe courtesy of Peter Sterk

Photo: taken of my friend Kimmy’s pie.