June 4, 2011

Red, White, & Blue Pie

1 box Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
3 lb fresh strawberries
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 cups water
1 box (4-serving size) strawberry gelatin
1 Heat oven to 450°F. Place 1 crust in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate. Press crust firmly against side and bottom. Fold excess crust under and press together to form thick crust edge; flute. Prick bottom and side with fork. Unroll second crust onto wax paper. Using 2-inch star-shaped cookie cutter, cut stars from pie crust; place on cookie sheet. Bake stars about 5 minutes, crust 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. Cool.
2 Meanwhile, clean and hull strawberries. Set strawberries, points up, on paper towel to dry. Wash blueberries, dry on paper towel. Place strawberries point sides up in baked pie shell; place blueberries between strawberries. Set aside.
3 In 2-quart saucepan, stir together sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water; heat to rolling boil. Cook a full 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in gelatin. Cool 15 to 20 minutes. Spoon over berries in crust, making sure each piece is covered. Chill at least 4 hours or overnight. Top each serving with star cutouts.
Draining strawberries upside down after cleaning eliminates the moisture best so the pie won't be soggy.


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