Strawberry Cream Pie



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Serves
8
Prep
35 mins
Strawberry Cream Pie

Chocolate wafer cookies and semisweet baking chocolate combine to form a crust that is the foundation for the strawberry goodness to come. This pie looks so beautiful it may be hard to slice it, but it will be even better served to guests on a plate than it looks whole in a dish.


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Directions



Whisk together first 3 ingredients and 2/3 cup sugar in a medium-size heavy saucepan. Whisk together half-and-half and next 2 ingredients in a small bowl; gradually add to cornstarch mixture, whisking constantly.



Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, and cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat, and transfer to a bowl; cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.



Preheat oven to 350°. Pulse wafer cookies and chopped chocolate in a food processor 8 to 10 times or until finely crushed. Stir together cookie crumb mixture, melted butter, and remaining 1/3 cup sugar; firmly press mixture on bottom, up sides, and onto the lip of a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate.



Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).



Spoon chilled half-and-half mixture into prepared crust. Cut 8 to 10 strawberries in half, and arrange around outer edge of pie (leaving tops on, if desired); hull and slice remaining strawberries, and arrange in center of pie.



Cook jelly in a small saucepan over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or until melted. Remove from heat, and stir in liqueur. Brush jelly mixture gently over strawberries. Chill, uncovered, 30 minutes.


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