Meg’s Strawberry Lemon Jello Pie

My five year old daughter, Meg, wanted to make a special dessert for friends who were coming for dinner. After careful consideration, she decided on a Strawberry Lemon Jello Pie. Meg had so much fun making her first pie crust – you could see the pride on her face (I have to say that I was VERY proud of her – she’s a natural in the kitchen). The pie was simple to make and much tastier than I thought it would be. The crust was flaky and good, the lemon jello and strawberries were sweet and tart while the whipped topping made it creamy and delicious. It was a cool and refreshing dessert that all the kids (especially Meg) loved, and the adults enjoyed as well.

Pie Crust (9 inch):
Adapted from a Betty Crocker’s recipe
 
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/3 cup PLUS 1 tbsp shortening
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp cold water

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. In a large bowl, cut shortening into the flour and salt until they are small pea size crumbles. Sprinkle in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry forms into a large ball. (1 -2 teaspoons of water can be added if necessary).

Shape into flattened round on lightly floured surface. Roll pastry 2 inches larger than inverted pie plate. Gently lift dough and place in pie pan, pressing firmly against the bottom and sides. Pinch the edges to form a nice crust. Poke holes in the bottom of the crust with a fork. Place in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Cool completely.

Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 oz lemon gelatin
  • 4 cups strawberries, sliced thinly
  • 1 9 inch pie crust

In a saucepan over high heat combine the water, sugar, corn starch and lemon juice. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and stir until slightly thickened (about 4-5 minutes). Add lemon gelatin and stir until dissolved. Cool to room temperature then add strawberries and mix thoroughly. Pour into the prepared pie crust and refrigerate for 4 hours or until set.

Whipped Cream:

  • 1 pint of whipping cream
  • 3-4 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients with a hand blender for 5-7 minutes until fluffy.


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15 Responses to “Meg’s Strawberry Lemon Jello Pie”

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    Cheryl — August 5, 2008 @ 3:12 pm

    Indeed it was submlime and very summery!

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    JennDZ - The Leftover Queen — August 5, 2008 @ 3:40 pm

    Way to go Meg! That is one good looking pie!

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    Leslie — August 5, 2008 @ 6:07 pm

    I just delish!!!!!I could probably eat the whole pie myself!!!Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment on the Cookie CHip Chocolates!!!

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    Lisita — August 5, 2008 @ 11:03 pm

    I’ve enjoyed looking at the recipes you share and hope to try this one soon! Thanks!!

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    ~Madeline~ — August 6, 2008 @ 1:09 am

    Awww, good for your daughter! That is quite impressive.

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    RecipeGirl — August 6, 2008 @ 1:52 am

    How great is it that you’re including your daughter in your love for cooking? That’s terrific. My son made a pie last summer when he was 6, and he won a blue ribbon for it at our local fair. I love cooking with kiddos. Nice lookin’ pie there Meg!

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    Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) — August 6, 2008 @ 3:21 am

    I think it is how recipes and the love for cooking go from one generation to the next. Meg, you can be so proud my girl, this is a delicious looking pie.

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    Paula — August 6, 2008 @ 7:51 am

    First, I love the name “Meg”. Second, this pie is fantastic! I love the idea of lemon jello and strawberries. Please pass on my praise to your daughter. Outstanding job. I’d like a slice, please; make that a whole pie! Next, kudos to you for enabling your daughter to have great success in the kitchen. Well done!

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    Sandra — August 6, 2008 @ 10:04 am

    It seems very simple – and I’m sure it tastes great – must try it.
    Greetings from Croatia

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    Patsyk — August 6, 2008 @ 2:12 pm

    What a beautiful pie! Great job!

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    Marjie — August 6, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

    It’s so cool that Meg thought this up! I love strawberry anything!

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    Jan — August 7, 2008 @ 2:54 am

    Well done, Meg. Next time I need some pastry could I borrow her? I’m hopeless with pastry.

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    Jeanine — August 8, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

    Woohoo, way to, Meg!! :) My 5 year old loves to go in the kitchen too. Good job!

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    Lisita — August 8, 2008 @ 11:11 pm

    Tried the recipe and LOVED it! It will long lasting favorite in my recipe book, thanks for sharing!

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    Elle — August 12, 2008 @ 9:49 pm

    Meg, your strawberry lemon pie is gorgeous! Pie is something that’s difficult for me to make, and it looks like you’re an expert already! :)

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