Strawberry Filling

I love to make strawberry filling for cakes. Somehow a cake filled with strawberries just says “summer” as you bite into it! The good news is that it is easy to make, works well with fresh berries or frozen berries, and can even be used as a pancake topping. 

I use cherry juice to make up the additional liquid because I find that the strawberries don’t give enough juice, but if you can find strawberry juice that’s even better. Of course you can find it on Amazon, but I haven’t found it locally yet.

The clear gel is a nice option to use instead of corn starch. It is supposed to be able to withstand freezing and thawing, but I’ve never tested that out yet!!

You control the thickness based on how much clear gel you add. If you want a thicker filling, add more clear gel. If you find that it isn’t thick enough at the end, don’t just dump more in, instead gently mix it with equal parts of water or juice and add to the mixture. Continue cooking until it thickens more.

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Strawberry Filling

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This filling is really quick to make and it is perfect as a cake filling!! You can even make it thinner and use it for a pancake topping.

You'll Need...

  • 1 pound of strawberries, pureed
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped berries (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water or cherry juice
  • 3-4 tablespoons cook type clear gel
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions

  1. Puree your berries. You can use fresh or frozen berries for this filling.
  2. Combine the sugar and clear gel in a sauce pan. Stir well.
  3. Add the berry puree and water and then cook the mixture over medium heat until thick.

Additional Notes

You may also add concentrated strawberry juice instead of cherry juice or water for a stronger flavor.

Adventures in Pie

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a pie baker. I’ve had people ask, “Do you think you could make me a pie?” more times than I can count. My standard reply is always a laugh, followed by, “You wouldn’t want ME to make you pie.”

But, the last few times I’ve been asked, “I could try” has just slipped out of my mouth. Hmm …. maybe that means I’m ready to venture into the world of pie.

Last week a couple I had planned to bake a wedding cake for in September got in touch to say that they really want PIE for their wedding. Could I let them know what the cost would be? Do I even do pie? I told them that if they gave me the weekend I would practice and let them know. Of course my family would be thrilled. After all, they only get pie when my mom makes any variety of berry or apple pie (lucky for them she actually makes pie a lot) and on Thanksgiving when Scott’s dad makes pumpkin pie. We have made a cheesecake 3 or 4 times and I think we’ve made a pie once or twice in our almost 19 year marriage!

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