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There was a famous family owned and run restaurant in Baltimore for many decades.  It was known for its massive amount of sculptures and paintings.  The food was decent but this pie was spectacular.  The place is closed but many of the recipes live on.

Hausner's Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie

Baked pie shell
3 cups strawberry glaze or strawberry jam
1 cup pastry cream
1 pre-baked deep dish 9-inch pie shell
11/2 pints fresh strawberries, washed and hulled (keep whole if small; cut in half lengthwise if large)
Whipped cream for decorating
1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds

Prepare the pastry cream and let it cool, then spread in the bottom of baked pie shell. Pour in 1/2 pint of strawberries, cover with half of the water-sugar glaze (or strawberry jam) and add remaining strawberries. Cover with remaining glaze (or jam). Decorate the edge with a circle of whipped cream and sprinkle with slivered almonds.

Strawberry Pie Glaze
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon strawberry flavoring
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
1 1/2 cups boiling water
3 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 1/2 cup water
Add sugar, strawberry flavoring and food coloring to boiling water. Add dissolved cornstarch and stir over medium-high heat until mixture thickens. Remove from stove and set aside. As a substitution for the glaze, use 3 cups of strawberry jam

Pastry Cream

1 cup milk
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened

Scald milk in a saucepan and set it aside. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until light in color and very thick, then beat in the flour. Pour the warm milk slowly into the egg mixture and blend well. Pour mixture into a saucepan and cook, stirring with a whisk, over low heat until mixture come to a boil. It will appear lumpy at first; keep whisking. Make sure the mixture does not stick to the bottom and burn. Remove from heat. Add vanilla extract and butter. Cover surface with buttered wax paper (or parchment paper) so it does not form a skin. Allow to cool.


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