A few minutes of chopping and cooking on the stove and you can enjoy a fresh, homemade Strawberry Pie filling. It is perfect for breakfast cakes, danishes, or spreading on toast.
With spring finally getting here, I am looking forward to lots of fruit. One thing I always love to do with our kids is to go strawberry picking.
There is nothing like a fresh strawberry on a warm day! Sadly, the kids don’t share my enthusiasm for going anymore, but that doesn’t stop me from making them go with us. It’s about family time and those photo opportunities. But until the strawberries are ready on the farms, we will enjoy a box of berries from the store.
Berries do not last very long in our refrigerator. We have some berry monsters who will eat an entire box if I’m not watching. I am so glad our kids love to eat fresh fruit and veggies. So when I bought a new big box of strawberries, I had to make sure everyone knew they had to wait to start munching. These berries had a pie filling destiny.
Pie filling is actually easier to make than you think. Sure you can buy a can of strawberry pie filling at the store…if you like paying for cans full of gel and very little berries. This pie filling is easy to make and doesn’t take too much time at all.
Start with 5 cups of sliced berries. We want to make sure there is plenty of strawberries in our filling. Water, sugar, and cornstarch gets boiled into a gel for coating the strawberries in. Add the berries and boil for about 10 minutes.
The filling will have a pink color from the berries boiling down. A little bit of strawberry Jello powder will add more color to the filling.
Now comes the hard part. You have to have patience and wait for it to cool off. It needs to cool off enough for you to put it in your refrigerator for a few hours. This will give it time to thicken up a little bit more. Making it the night before is an easy way to have it ready to go the next day.
Now you are ready to use the strawberry pie filling in whatever you like. We like it in this delicious Strawberry Lemon Snack Cake that is perfect for spring.
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