Big Boy’s Strawberry Pie
This pie is a copycat from Big Boy’s restaurant..and a traditional dessert for a big boy celebrant, my boyfriend.
This particular strawberry pie is his traditional birthday “cake”. He’d rather have this fruity dessert over chocolate cake and ice cream on his special day of the year. I don’t blame him either, because it’s pretty darn good (and I’ve yet to eat at Big Boy myself!). I attempted to make this same pie for his birthday last year but since I wasn’t an expert at pie making back then, it didn’t turn out like it was supposed to. It actually didn’t turn out at all. Look and see for yourself! This year, I made sure to weigh down my pie shell, thicken my filling and be patient while it set.This is essentially a strawberry Jell-O pie with whole strawberries in the filling. It’s so easy to make (given you’ve made a couple pies beforehand unlike me last year) and if you can whip up some jello and a homemade pie shell, then you’re good to go. This summer, when I visit Michigan again, I’d like to experience my own slice of strawberry pie at Big Boy and compare my version to their famous treat. As far as birthday celebrations go, for the past week, we’ve been accompanied around San Francisco by my boyfriend’s lovely mama. She visited us all the way from The Great Lakes State and stayed for an entire week. We’ve basically celebrated Dan’s birthday (and my belated) a week early by dining and walking all over the city. We trekked over the city’s steepest hills and dined at our favorite (and some of the city’s best) restaurants. All this food touring and city exploring made me feel like I was the one on vacation! It’s nice to show visiting friends around San Francisco because it’s a great reminder of the beautiful city that I live in. Cheers to a wonderful week of San Franciscan activities and I can’t wait to see what next year’s February birthdays will bring!Strawberry Pie 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 1/2 cups water 1 3 oz. package strawberry Jell-O 1 tsp. lemon juice 1 quart whole strawberries 1. Mix together sugar, cornstarch and gelatin 2. Add water and lemon juice, stir 3. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened. Cool slightly 4. Fold gently into 1 quart of strawberries. Pour into a baked pie shell. Chill until set