6 Cups medium fresh strawberries
1 Cup water
3/4 Cup sugar
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
5 drops red food coloring
Unsweetened whipped cream
In small saucepan crush one cup of smaller strawberries. Add the water, bring to a boil and simmer 2 minutes. Sieve berry mixture. In saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch . Stir in sieved berry mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, till strawberry glaze is thickened and clear. Stir in red food coloring, if desired.
Spread about 1/4 cup of berry glaze over bottom and sides of cooled pastry shell. Arrange remaining berries, stem end down atop first layer. Spoon on remaining glaze covering each berry. Chill pie at least 3 or 4 hours. If desired garnish with whipped cream.
Meringue shells can be filled with the strawberry filling.
This is the old fashioned apple pie, with a fabulous crust! The apples are just the right tartness, and again, the crust is why I eat the pie... It is outstanding!!!