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Stawberry Cream Pie

Category: Desserts
posted by: cmuntz
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  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour $

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup sugar, divided 

  • 3 cups half-and-half

  • 6 egg yolks 

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 (9-oz.) package chocolate wafer cookies

  • 1/2 (4-oz.) semisweet chocolate baking bar, chopped

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted 

  • 1 qt. fresh strawberries

  • 1/4 cup red currant jelly

  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur

  1. Whisk together first 3 ingredients and 2/3 cup sugar in a medium-size heavy saucepan. Whisk together half-and-half and next 2 ingredients in a small bowl; gradually add to cornstarch mixture, whisking constantly.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, and cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat, and transfer to a bowl; cover and chill 4 to 24 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Pulse wafer cookies and chopped chocolate in a food processor 8 to 10 times or until finely crushed. Stir together cookie crumb mixture, melted butter, and remaining 1/3 cup sugar; firmly press mixture on bottom, up sides, and onto lip of a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate.
  4. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).
  5. Spoon chilled half-and-half mixture into prepared crust. Cut 8 to 10 strawberries in half, and arrange around outer edge of pie (leaving tops on, if desired); hull and slice remaining strawberries, and arrange in center of pie.
  6. Cook jelly in a small saucepan over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or until melted. Remove from heat, and stir in liqueur. Brush jelly mixture gently over strawberries. Chill, uncovered, 30 minutes.

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