Summer Strawberry Jello Pie

Summer Strawberry Jello Pie from Lauren's Latest Occasionally, I will mention different blogging friends that I’ve met and love. A lot of times I’ll share their recipes on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. Well, today I’m doing something a little out of the ordinary….one of my blogging friends over in Seattle is getting married so a few of us bloggers who know and love her and throwing her a virtual bridal shower! Surprise Megan!

surprise announcement megan My dearest Megan. How I love thee. You make me smile. I love your recipes and your blog! You and your hunny are so darn cute together it makes me sick. Just kidding. Sort of.

Anyways, today I decided to make this old school Strawberry Jello Pie because Megan is a Country Cleaver after all. This recipe I thought was my Mom’s because she made it practically every summer once we went strawberry picking. But, just a few days ago I called to get all the nitty gritty details and turns out it’s a recipe from a lady that used to teach me sunday school at church back in Ottawa when I was Brooke’s age! How funny is that? Her name is Frances Bleeks and she is probably one of the sweetest people I know. {Hi Frances! Give everyone at church a hug for me :)} Why is it that some of the best recipes of all time come from the church-going folk? If you don’t go to church, you might want to start for this very reason. #Justsayin’

Anyways, the Bleeks family knows my family pretty well.  And, funny story–Frances’ husband actually threatened Gordon in an ever-so-loving way when I brought him home to meet the family once we were engaged. So hilarious!

Except not so much for Gordon. Haha!

So, yes. We love the Bleeks’. As well as this pie. As well as Megan and Ben! We just love everyone today!

Here’s how you make this sweet pie of lurve….

Pie 1 You’re going to want to start out with a baked pie shell. I used a store bought one because they were on super sale and I was feeling particularly lazy. And most likely tired.

Pie 2 Enter the star of the show: les strawberries. These were ripe little suckers that I washed and hulled. The sweeter the better :) A good rule for strawberries….and life in general.

Pie 3 Arrange the berries upside down in the bottom of the pie shell and set aside.

Pie 4 Now comes the fun part–the jello part. Measure out one cup of water.

Pie 5 To that add cornstarch

Pie 6 and a whole lotta shugah.

Pie 7 Stir it up and microwave until it gets bubbly and thickens like no other.

Pie 9 This is after it boiled a few seconds–the sugar dissolved and it turned much clearer. It’s ready!

Pie 8 Enter jello.

Pie 10 Pour the entire box of jello into that hot mixture and stir.

Pie 11 And pour it all into the pie! Make sure to cover the strawberries as best as you can. Pop this into the fridge for a few hours and then…

Pie 12 with the magic of my blog….WOW! Look at that! It’s done!  If I were my mother, I would stop here and serve. This is how we ate it growing up and what the original recipe calls for. BUT…

Pie 13 because I {sort of} like my thunder thighs, I add whipped cream overtop the whole darn thing. Also, I would like to point out that my husband is weird and does not like whipped cream. Despise might be a better word.

My reaction to his disgust? “Who are you?” and “Get out of my house.” –>truth.

Pie 14 All you do is measure out some heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar

Pie 15 and vanilla into a bowl or mini food processor and whip.

Pie 16 Like so.

Pie 17 Spread it all over the top

Pie 18 and add a few strawberries for garnish and serve! Not so hard, right? :) And so refreshingly sweet and cold for summer!

Give this one a whirl and let me know what you think!

And, be sure to check out these other recipes for this surprise bridal shower :)

Appetizers:
Deviled Eggs, 3 ways from Farm Girl Gourmet
Cheesy Edamame Crostini from Running to the Kitchen
Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Puffs from Comfortably Domestic
Easy Bacon Cream Cheese Roll ups from My Life as a Mrs
Sausage and Red Pepper Stuffed Mushrooms from Baked by Rachel
Retro Cheese Cookies from Decadent Philistines

Drinks:
Blueberry Lemonade Spritzers from Simply Scratch
Lemon-Berry Granita with Balsamic & Basil from Bake Your Day

Entrees:
Fresh Melon & Crispy Prosciutto Salad from Recipe Junkie
Greek Salmon Wraps from Inside NanaBread’s Head

Desserts:
Eton Mess Shooters from London Bakes
Mini Cherry Pies from Table for Two
Red Velvet Ice Cream Cupcakes from Cravings of a Lunatic
Good for you Bars from Tenaciously Yours
Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries from La Petit Pancake

Here’s the printable:

Summer Strawberry Jello Pie

The perfect summer dessert!

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 0 min

Total Time: 3 hours

Ingredients:

1 baked 9-inch pie shell
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries
1 cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 small box strawberry jello {3 oz. size}
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Wash and hull strawberries. Place them upside down in cooked pie shell and set aside. In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, pour in water, cornstarch and sugar. Stir until mostly dissolved. Microwave 1-2 minutes until mixture bubbles up and thickens. {It should turn translucent.} Stir in strawberry jello powder and pour over strawberries. Spread over top and refrigerate until set, 2-3 hours.
In a large bowl, whip cream, sugar and vanilla together until stiff peaks form. Spread over top pie and garnish with more fresh strawberries. Serve cold.

Recipe tips: In my opinion everything is better with whipped cream but growing up we ate this pie without it. It's delicious either way :)

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45 Responses to “Summer Strawberry Jello Pie”

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    Rachel Cooks — August 1, 2012 at 3:54 am

    This looks so great! What a fun shower for Megan!

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    Rachel — August 1, 2012 at 4:21 am

    This looks delicious – I don’t cook enough with strawberries.

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — August 1, 2012 at 4:26 am

    This pie is adorable Lauren! So glad you brought it :)

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    Kathryn — August 1, 2012 at 4:35 am

    Oh this is the perfect pie to round off our party!

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    NanaBread (Jeanne) — August 1, 2012 at 5:22 am

    I used to make something similar to this years ago, and I’d forgotten all about it until I saw your post. Thanks for the reminder, Lauren! This is a perfect summer pie – cold & refreshing. I think I’m definitely due for another one. Like today, perhaps. :)

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — August 1, 2012 at 5:40 am

    So many of my favorite recipes are from the ladies from church too!!! :) This looks so tasty!

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    Kim Bee — August 1, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Hi Lauren. This looks incredible and you brought a flood of memories for me when I stopped in. My mom used to make a pie similar to this and I haven’t had it in so long. So first thanks for bringing on those childhood memories for me today. Was nice to think back on it and smile. And second I absolutely adore this. Your photos are gorgeous and I was just want to dive right into this pie. I wish we could have all thrown this in person. Would have been a riot.

    On a side note, I’m not sure you will remember but we sat next to each other at Jaden’s round table at FBF. I was too shy to open my mouth at the time. Next time we meet I won’t be. Lol!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 1, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Crazy in a totally delicious way. I rarely cook with strawberries but should change that!

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    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — August 1, 2012 at 6:46 am

    A friend of mine growing up, her mom used to make a pie like this all the time. I remember loving it so much. Funny, I was just thinking about it the other day. I haven’t seen one in ages. Thanks for bringing back a great old memory. Can’t wait to make it!!

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    Kirsten/Comfortably Domestic — August 1, 2012 at 6:46 am

    This reminds me of a pie my mom used to make when I was a kid. Every other Friday night, all summer long. I’d forgotten all about it, until now. I can’t wait to make one for my boys!

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    Stephanie Begeman — August 1, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Lauren!!! I am a stalker of yours! Most (99.5%) of my “I need to impress for dinner” recipes come from you! So THANK YOU. This will be made for my cook out on Friday!!!

    I must ask though, I have not seen any on your site and would love to know what is your go to recipe for deviled eggs?

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    Mads — August 1, 2012 at 8:11 am

    The first pie I ever made was a strawberry jello pie. They are really really good during the hot summer. This recipe is particularly easy to throw together, which is my kind of recipe. I think I’ll have to make this soon!

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    Cookbook Queen — August 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous!! Wish I had some right now :)

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — August 1, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I remember this pie from being a kid – perfect! Wish I had a slice right now!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — August 1, 2012 at 9:47 am

    how much do i love you for making this and participating? A LOT!! this looks super yummy and would be AWESOME at the dessert table — why can’t we all live closer?! thank you again for all your help!! xoxo

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    cassie — August 1, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Love this Lauren. Jello is a weakness of mine, especially in the summer. This sounds perfect!

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    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — August 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

    This pie looks so delish Lauren. I love it!!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 1, 2012 at 11:04 am

    You guys are the best! And this pie is such a wonderful way to celebrate!

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — August 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    This looks amazing! I’ll definitely be making soon!

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    Michelle — August 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I must confess… I’ve never had strawberry jello pie.. or any other kind of jello pie. This is going on my to do list and the fact that you made whipped cream in the processor! WHOA. hadn’t seen that before either. :) Thanks for sharing your mother’s recipe, does are always the best.

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    Kat — August 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Lauren! Was there ever a prettier slice of pie? Because, truly I don’t think it’s possible.

    And girlfriend, I will gladly join thunder thigh-forces with you and help to eat your husband’s share of the whipped cream. I’ve got your back on this one.

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — August 1, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Super cool pie!

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    Ashton @ Something Swanky — August 2, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Looks so yum!

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    Marilyn Brennan — August 2, 2012 at 7:38 am

    So does he have to scrape the whipped cream off the pie? Do you leave a section sans whipped cream? Wish I had seen this week; strawberries were extra affordable!

    I love your little math tests; I feel so smart

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    Jenny @ BAKE — August 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

    this almost looks like a trifle pie! amazing!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I love how easy this recipe is, but it looks so good! I’m just obsessed with strawberries right now!

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    Construction Supplies Miami — August 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    looks and sounds sweet and delicious!

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    carrian — August 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Totally pinning this. I always love your recipes, but this looks delightful!

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    Sobeida Rodriguez — August 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I made this pie yesterday and it was awesome! I think next time I will make with a graham cracker crust and see how that goes. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe :D

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    • Diane — April 26th, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

      I made the pie it is VERY easy to make. I have never made a jello pie. I thought it was to sweet will be cutting= the sugar to a 1/2c next time. Other than that it is a good any time pie

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