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Posted on Jun 26, 2014 | 1 comment

Fresh Homemade Berry Pie

Fresh Homemade Berry Pie

Substitute raspberries for strawberries in this recipe for another fresh summer treat.

Substitute raspberries for strawberries in this recipe for another fresh summer treat.

Berries and Brambles

When you think of the Bible and the writings therein, you’ll notice that plants were often referred to and used as symbols. One of those symbols involves brambles – those plants that have thorns or “prickles” on the stems. Berries fall into that category, and yes, berries were eaten during Bible days. For example, strawberries — which were much, much smaller than those we have today.

Here’s my newest recipe for fresh homemade strawberry pie. My students say it tastes better than Frisch’s/Big Boy’s pie. Substitute raspberries for the strawberries if you like.

 FRESH HOMEMADE BERRY PIE

  • Baked pastry shell
  • Generous 4 cups sliced strawberries (leave whole if real small) -  2# berries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Garnish: Whipped cream
Stir together sugar, water, lemon juice and cornstarch. Add 2 cups berries and stir gently. Cook and stir over medium heat until thick and bubbly, then lower heat to a simmer and cook and stir 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. After chilling, fold 2 generous cups of berries into mixture. Pour into pastry shell and chill a couple of hours or until firm. Serve with whipped cream. 

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld writes a weekly syndicated column and blog for the Community Press, appears every Thursday on the Son Rise Morning Show, and is the author of several cookbooks. An adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, she is Certified Culinary Professional and Certified Modern Herbalist,  the Culinary Professional for Jungle Jim’s Eastgate, and a media personality with a cable show and YouTube videos. She lives “in the sticks” outside Batavia, Ohio with her family, where they heat with wood, raise chickens for eggs, and grow their own produce and herbs. You’ll find all her previous recipes featured on The Catholic Beat here.

Rita’s Bible Foods segment airs on the Son Rise Morning Show every Thursday morning at 7:22 am (rebroadcast Friday at 6:02 am). Tune in to hear her discuss the history behind each recipe and the scripture verses that inspired it. And of course, for cooking tips!

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1 Comment

  1. I heard you talking about this pie on EWTN. I am blessed to have wild blueberries on our property down here in Georgia.
    This recipe sounds so yummy! I am making it with my blueberries! Thank you for sharing!