“Oh, that’s pretty”
it doesn’t get more american than this. marshmallow cream, strawberries and stars. it damn near looks like a dang ole’ american flag. it’s that time of year folks. barbecues, vacations, pool parties and oh yea for us workin folk, just another day in the office. so i decided to bring a little patriotism and summer delight into work today. this recipe is so easy, it’s almost lazy. which you would think would be right up our alley given the name lazy bird but some us might not think that’s good enough reason to take short cuts, but let’s not talk about L behind her back. so in honor of L and the level of quality expected here at lazy bird this recipe has been modified to include home made crust rather than the recipes call for pre-made refrigerated crusts.
preheat your oven to 450.
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cups shortening
2 T shortening
4-6 T cold water
2 pkgs. cream cheese (8oz each)
2 jars marshmallow creme (7oz each)
4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 tub of strawberry glaze (12 to 14oz total)
let’s start with the pie crust. in a large bowl mix flour and salt together. now cut the shortening into the flour using a pastry blender. you will blend this until the dough becomes crumbly. next sprinkle water, a tablespoon at a time using a fork to turn the dough as you are sprinkling. i only used 4T but the recipe does say that you can go up to 6T. once the water is added mix the dough up into a ball and roll out to fit a nine inch pie pan. set remaining dough off to the side. that dough will be used to make your stars. fold your round pie crust into 4ths and place into your pie pan. unfold the dough so that it covers the entire pan. fit dough into pan and bake for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned.
let’s move onto the stars. roll out the remaining dough and cut out whatever shape you want. i chose stars in honor of the 4th. place stars on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned.
while your pie crust and cutouts are cooling. slice up your strawberries and place in a large bowl, add pie glaze and mix. set 1 cup of this mixture off to the side. in a medium sized bowl beat your cream cheese on high until it is light and fluffy. add both containers of marshmallow creme and mix together. once your pie crust is fully cooled, take 1/3 of your marshmallow mix and spread it on top of the pie crust. now take the majority of your strawberry mixture and layer that on top of the marshmallow mixture. layer the remaining marshmallow mixture on top of that. now add the 1 cup of strawberry mixture remaining to the center, not covering all of the marshmallow below. then place your cutouts on top of that. cover your pie and chill in the fridge for 8 hours.
and that’s how it’s done. it’s an easy recipe and everyone here at work loved it, so make it this weekend and bring it to whatever 4th of july party you may be off too! most everyone will love it, and if they don’t well then they’re just un-american ;) have a safe and happy 4th!