The sweet and salty crust on this Strawberry Pretzel Pie makes this easy, no bake pie one you will want to make over and over again.
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Have you ever gone out to eat and been disappointed by your meal?
The other day we took our kids out to eat at Chilis. This is one of our favorite places and usually it never disappoints. But that day our server was extremely slow. It was 10 minutes after we were seated before she came and took our drink order…and there were hardly any customers in the place. We ordered our drinks and some half price appetizers. Finally the queso came out…
It is very important in any recipe to make sure you have all the ingredients.
Our queso came out looking like chili. No cheese!!!! We even questioned this queso to our server, and she claimed it was right and this was how the queso was now. She even admitted that a number of customers have complained about it in the past few months. Hhhhmmm. Go figure! It’s a two ingredient dip…and you are missing half the recipe. We didn’t press the issue with her though. They were half price apps and it came with chips and salsa, which we were going to order anyway.
But all dinner long I kept staring at the skillet of chili. I just knew there was no way it was right. Even the card on the table where you sign up for the customer club had a picture of the cheesy queso on it. Finally I couldn’t take it any longer, and I googled it. I was rewarded with a screen full of cheese loaded queso!!! I knew it! Our dip was definitely wrong. We decided not to make any more complaints for the lady, but let me tell you we joked about that chili queso the whole night. I’m still debating writing to the restaurant…but seriously, it was only $3. Not really worth it.
Especially when you have delicious pie to come home to and drown your queso woes in.
Well, it would have been great! Add this one to another baking fail. I found this parfait pie recipe in one of the old church cookbooks that I bought at Goodwill. Gotta love an easy no bake recipe right? I followed the directions for the filling and changed up the crust. Pretzels and strawberry pie just seem like they go together all the time. Sweet and salty for the dessert win every time!
Either my baking mojo was still off and I totally messed up…or this pie was missing an ingredient in the cookbook. The filling never got thick, so I started to think the word “chill” in the cookbook might have meant “freeze”. It is always trial and error to figure out what those recipes really meant. So into the freezer it went.
The next day I pulled the pie out and cut a slice to photograph. First clue that it wasn’t right. It was so hard. Ok, I expect an ice cream pie to be pretty hard. But then I tasted it…it was icy. Not at all creamy like what I wanted. So I put it back into the refrigerator to see what happened when it thawed out.
Sadly the entire pie had to be scraped into the garbage. Turns out icy pies that thaw make your crust soggy and gross.
I really wanted this pie to work, so since I had plenty of the ingredients on hand, I headed back to the kitchen.
As I was getting out the box of strawberry Jello from my cupboard, I saw a box of plain Knox gelatin. That was it!!! I knew by adding one packet of this gelatin, my pie would definitely have the consistency I was looking for.
Let’s talk about the crust first. Crush your pretzels into chunky bits. Make sure they are not too small, but small enough. I put the pretzels in a ziplock bag and smash them with the back of a wooden spoon. Stir in some sugar and melted butter and press into the pie plate. Refrigerate it while you make the filling. Note: This crust is more of a crumble crust. It will be crumble apart some when you cut out the slice of pie. But believe me, it is delicious and works perfectly for this pie. You could always bake the crust for 10 minutes if you want it to be firmer. But that takes away from the NO BAKE part of the pie 😉
Stir in the strawberry Jello and plain gelatin into some boiling water until it dissolves. Add the ice cream and stir quickly. As the ice cream melts into the gelatin water, it will thicken quickly because of the extra gelatin. Stir in the sliced strawberries and spoon into the prepared crust. A few hours in the refrigerator and it is ready to go. Creamy, delicious, sweet and salty all in one pretty pink pie.
It is amazing the difference it makes with just one ingredient missing in a recipe 🙂 Now how about some queso??? Wink, wink! I put cheese in mine!
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