My father’s health is stable but he never fully returned to pre-accident status. While this is a common occurrence among the elderly, personality also played a huge role in his recovery or, should I say, the lack thereof. That old adage “You can‘t teach an old dog new tricks” proved to be 100% true. He now resides in a skilled nursing facility. What can I say…? I guess we all have to live with the consequences of our decisions.
Anyway, relishing in the Florida strawberry season, a midnight search based on what was in the pantry returned this delightful, fresh flavored Strawberry Lemon Jell-O Pie. The recipe author claimed this was an adaptation of the original by her 5-year-old daughter. With a pre-made crust in the fridge, I thought yes I could definitely construct this JELLO pie!
Fresh Strawberry Lemon Jell-O Pie
1 9” pre-made Pillsbury piecrust (or home made if you have time)
1 1/4 cup of water
1 1/4 cup of sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 oz lemon Jell-O gelatin
4 cups Florida strawberries, sliced thinly (about 16 oz container)
Prepare the piecrust according to package directions.
In a saucepan over high heat, combine the water, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and stir about 4-5 minutes, reaching a very slightly thickened consistency. Add lemon gelatin and stir until dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Add strawberries and mix thoroughly. Pour into the prepared piecrust and refrigerate for 4 hours or until set.
You may not notice a thickening in the consistency while stirring, I didn’t. However, don’t worry stirring the full 5 minutes is sufficient.
Strawberry Lemon Jell-O Pie Assessment
The pie was bursting with that distinctive fresh strawberry flavor. Expecting a sweet lemon Jell-O undertone, I was pleasantly surprised to find the contrast of lemon completely enhanced the fresh strawberry flavor. The texture was delightful, in no way rubbery, and much lighter than traditional Jell-O. Not an excessively sweet pie, a dollop of whipped cream is the perfect finish.
|Thank you Pam - fortheloveofcooking - for the delicious recipe and photo!|
Other combinations of Jell-O I’ve tested were raspberry and strawberry. The strawberry was my least favorite as it overpowered the fresh strawberry flavor. The raspberry Jell-O and fresh strawberry combo needed something more. Perhaps a thin layer of kiwi is the answer…. We will see next pie!
Are you hungry?