Strawberry Marshmallow Pie

It's time for strawberries, and Leader food columnist Kathleen Brotherton says this Strawberry Marshmallow Pie is a great way to use the springtime fruit.

With May comes a favorite springtime fruit – strawberries.

There are so many ways to enjoy the tasty berries, whether just adding them to your cereal or bowl of ice cream or using them to make preserves, pies and, of course, the always-popular strawberry shortcake.

While strawberries are great on their own, you can improve upon them by adding some marshmallow and making this delicious Strawberry Marshmallow Pie.

This sweet, yummy dessert calls for frozen strawberries, but it’s even better with fresh ones. All you have to do is slice the fresh berries and mash them a little to get the juice needed for the recipe.

So, before this strawberry season ends, try this recipe for an attractive and delicious dessert that’s so easy to make.

STRAWBERRY MARSHMALLOW PIE

1 pint whipping cream (or 16-ounce carton of Cool Whip)

1 pack frozen strawberries, thawed (or 3/4 quart of fresh strawberries, cleaned, rinsed, sliced and slightly mashed, plus extra for decorating)

24 regular-size marshmallows

1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

1 2/3 cup crushed vanilla wafers

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup melted butter

Mix crushed vanilla wafers with sugar and melted butter. Spread and press mixture into bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie pan.

On stove, melt marshmallows in 7 tablespoons strawberry juice over low heat. Be careful not to scorch marshmallows.

Whip cream (or use Cool Whip) and after the marshmallow mixture cools a little bit, add the cream to the mixture, along with frozen or fresh, sliced strawberries and pecans.

If using fresh strawberries, take the extra ones (about 1/4 quart) and slice for decoration.

Pour the marshmallow, cream, strawberry mixture into crust and refrigerate overnight. If decorating with fresh strawberries, either place them on the pie before refrigerating or put them on cut slices of pie when served the next day Makes 8 servings.

Brotherton offers website readers one stellar recipe a week in the “My Leader Yummy” feature.

Looking for a recipe you can’t find? Email me at kbrotherton42@gmail.com and I’ll see if I have it.

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