Sky-High Strawberry Pie
- 3 quarts fresh strawberries, divided
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 6 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2⁄3 cup water
- Red food coloring, optional
- 1 deep-dish pastry shell (10 inches), baked
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
In a large bowl, mash enough berries to measure 3 cups. In a saucepan, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Stir in the mashed berries and water; mix well.
Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; add food coloring if desired. Pour into a large bowl. Chill for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is just slightly warm.
Fold in the remaining berries. Spoon into pie shell. Chill for 2-3 hours. In a small mixing bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Sprinkle pudding mix over cream and whip until stiff. Garnish pie with cream mixture.