|It screams summer in all the right (non-sweaty) ways.|
|That and finding sneaky ways to eat butter in all your meals, including dessert.|
- 3 tablespoons of butter, cut into small chunks
- 2 tablespoons of granular Swerve
- 6 sheets of cinnamon graham crackers
- 1 tablespoon of water
|Invest in a small food processor, and you can make all the pie crust in the world!|
|Good things start with graham crackers.|
Press your crumbs into a pie pan and then place into the freezer to set for 30 minutes. I only have a shallow pie pan, and I ended up making wayyyy too much filling, so the recipe below for the filling will work for a deep dish pie crust. I'll give tips for what would work better for a shallow pie pan as well for all my fellow shallow (pan) people. Once set, remove from the freezer, preheat your oven to 375 and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. Place on a cooling rack and set in the fridge while you make your pie filling.
|Jello, you were there for me when I could eat literally nothing else. Thanks, braces.|
To make the filling, you'll use:
- 1 8 ounce tub of Cool Whip Free
- 1 small package (0.3 oz) of sugar free strawberry Jello
- 2-4 cups of strawberries, reserve 6 for topping, sliced*
- 2/3 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
Boil your water, and mix it with the Jello in a medium-large bowl until the Jello is completely dissolved. In a measuring cup, measure out 1/2 cup of cold water, and then dump in ice cubes until your water reaches the 1 cup measuring line. Throw this in with your boiling Jello mix and whisk until the ice is completely melted:
|I say large bowl because I clearly whisk with the speed and grace of a tornado.|
|Mix in the Cool Whip until you have a beautifully smooth, pink bowl of pie filling.|
|Now add in however many strawberries as your pie pan will allow.|
|Get that gorgeously tanned (consider my pasty body jealous) pie crust.|
|Turn out your filling into the cooled crust, and smooth with a spatula.|
Now, take those thinly sliced strawberries and create whatever decoration your heart desires on top of your pie. I went with a sunburst pattern because it's summer, and I like constantly being reminded that the sun is trying to kill me during this season.
|Plus, sunburst patterns just look pretty.|
Now, much like all things that have Jello in them, you must do the unimaginable: put your pie into the fridge to set for at least 4-5 hours. I know. I saved this painful tidbit til the end because the pie is most definitely worth the wait. The irony--the pain of waiting for the pie that is there to solve the pain of summer. The longer you let it set, the easier it will be to slice and serve, so make a day ahead if you have time.
|A beautiful color contrast. Pictured on top: me after 5 minutes in the summer sun. Pictured on bottom: a normal person's tan after being outside all summer.|
|Worth. the. wait.|
After those long, grueling hours of wanting to eat pie and not being able to, the time has finally come. Slice up, enjoy, repeat. Low calorie, but not low flavor. The cinnamon crust and the sweet filling are a combination so great, you will forget you live on the surface of the sun. It's nice and cool while also being delicious and satisfying. I sincerely enjoyed this pie, and my Jello-tooth-PTSD was a non issue since it's mostly there to add some extremely yummy strawberry flavor to the pie.
|The chunky texture of the strawberries also helped.|
Definitely keep leftover pie (yes, this is a thing) in the fridge. I made this pie last weekend and had a few slices (and a massive bowl of leftover filling) before saving the remaining slices for my husband to enjoy with me now that he's back from his work trip across the pond. I am told it was hot there, too, but not "Florida hot." This is a real thing. The kind of heat that singes the skin while the humidity simultaneously makes you sweat even at a standstill. Magical! The pie has kept excellently though, and leftover slices are going very quickly because it most definitely it an excellent remedy for the heat. I truly believe if world peace is ever found, it will be through someone's pie recipe. Praise pie, and it's curative deliciousness. 'Til next time, my fellow eaters!
|Pie: solving problems for centuries.|