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Making pies is not traditionally that easy, but eating them tends to be. But what if making them wasn't a chore? What if you could grab your favorite ready-made crust and fill it with a fruity filling that set up beautifully in the refrigerator in a few hours? What if it looked like this when it was done:

Mounds of fresh berries are coated in a sweet gelatin layer that holds it all together when it's time to serve. I used a frozen pie crust that took a few minutes in the oven to bake, but you could opt for a ready-made graham cracker or shortbread pie crust instead. What do you have on hand and what are you craving? After all, this is pie we're talking about. Keep it simple and tend to your cravings.

This pie is lovely when served solo, but it's also quite nice served with a dollop of whipped cream. I like to spike mine with a little of my favorite liqueur, but you could just sweeten yours, too. You could even serve it with a scoop of ice cream and marvel at your cool choice to end your meal!

Strawberry-Blueberry Gelatin Pie

  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 3 T. cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • 1 pkg. (3 oz.) strawberry gelatin
  • 2 c. sliced strawberries
  • 1 c. blueberries
  • 1 prebaked pie crust, cooled

Mix the sugar and cornstarch together in medium saucepan. Gradually add the water, stirring until well blended. Bring the mixture to boil on medium heat, stirring constantly; boil 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the dry gelatin to the mixture; stir for 2 minutes until completely dissolved.

Add the fruit to the gelatin mixture; carefully pour the fruit into the prepared crust. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

  • Yields: 8-12 servings
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes plus chilling time

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