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Sky-high Strawberry Pie
3 qt Fresh strawberries - divided
1 1/2 c Sugar
6 tb Cornstarch
2/3 c Water
Red food coloring - optional
1 Deep dish 10" pastry shell - baked
1 c Heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 tb Insant vanilla pudding mix
"This pie is my specialty. It's fairly simple to make but so dramatic to serve. The ultimate taste of spring, this luscious pie has such a big, fresh berry taste I've had many requests to bring it to gatherings." - Janet Mooberry
In a large mixing bowl, mash enough berries to equal 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 int a large bowl.
Chill for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is just slightly warm. Fold in the remaining berries. Pile 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.
Pipe around edge of pie or dollop on individual slices.
From: "Taste of Home" Magazine