Recipe and Design Fresh Floating Candles
Fried Strawberry Pies
Yield: Makes 18 pies
2 cups fresh strawberries, mashed
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts
Preparation Combine first 3 ingredients in a saucepan. Bring strawberry mixture to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute or until thickened. Cool completely. Roll 1 piecrust to press out fold lines; cut into 9 circles with a 3-inch round cutter. Roll circles to 3 1/2-inch diameter; moisten edges with water. Spoon 2 teaspoons strawberry mixture in the center of each circle;
Fresh from the garden -- or the grocer's shelves -- fruits and flowers add a refreshing touch to floating candles. What You Need: • • • •
Glass container or vase Fresh fruit or flowers Water Floating candle
Instructions: 1. Fill the glass container approximately halfway with desired fruit or fresh flower heads. If using lemons or limes, slice them before placing into the container. 2. Carefully fill the container with water, leaving about 2 inches at the top. Place a floating candle on top of the water.
fold over, pressing edges to seal. Repeat with remaining piecrust and strawberry mixture.
Place pies in a single layer on a baking sheet, and freeze at least 1 hour.
Pour oil to a depth of 1 inch into a large heavy skillet; heat to 350°. Fry
pies, in batches, 1 minute on each side or until golden. Drain on paper
For a child's birthday party, fill glass container with marbles or small plastic toys. For extra sparkle, sprinkle the water with glitter before adding the candle.
towels; sprinkle with powdered sugar. Southern Living, JUNE 2002 Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.com