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Today's recipe is "old school", a cafeteria favorite from the 1950's: Strawberry Chiffon Pie. A silky smooth pie that's made mostly in the refrigerator with ripe, red strawberries, it's what midsummer dreams are made of.

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Strawberry Chiffon Pie

Chiffon pies are somewhat retro, having been popular during the fifties and sixties. As with clothing and hair-dos, styles change over time, but good taste never does. Light, airy, totally delicious Strawberry Chiffon Pie is not only beautiful, but fun to make. It will have your friends and family sighing with pleasure.

Ingredients:
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, washed and sliced in halves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin (1 tablespoon)
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • dash of salt
  • 2 egg whites at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped
  • 9-inch baked pastry shell
Preparation:
  1. In a medium bowl, roughly mash the strawberries with a potato masher.
  2. Add 1/2 cup sugar to the berries, stir, and set aside for 1 hour.
  3. In a small saucepan, stir together the gelatin and cold water.
  4. Turn heat to low to dissolve.
  5. Allow to cool.
  6. Combine strawberries, lemon juice and salt in medium bowl.
  7. Add cooled gelatin mixture to strawberry mixture and stir.
  8. Chill, stirring occasionally, until mixture is partially set.
  9. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form.
  10. Gradually add the 1/4 cup sugar, a tablespoon at a time, and beat until stiff peaks form.
  11. Fold the egg whites into the strawberry mixture. Then, fold in the whipped cream.
  12. Refrigerate until mixture is set enough to mound.
  13. Pile into a baked and cooled 9-inch pastry shell.
  14. Return pie to refrigerator and chill until filling is firm, about 5 hours.
  15. Garnish with additional whipped cream, if desired.

Kitchen tools you'll need:Mixing Bowls, Pie Baker

Note: If you are concerned about raw egg whites, substitute powdered egg whites for fresh. They make beautiful meringue.

The serving dishes in our photograph are Fiesta dinnerware.

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