dinsdag 1 december 2009

Berry Good Chai Pie


To continue on the Chai theme ;-)  Try this yummy dessert with Chai concentrate and ripe, juicy strawberries. The fruit for the pie should be fresh, but you can use frozen berries for the glaze. The spiciness of the Chai complements the fresh fruit very nicely. 

1 pre-baked pie crust (plain, whole wheat, or graham cracker), cooled to room temperature
1 quart fresh whole strawberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries, crushed
1/2 cup Chai liquid concentrate, any flavour, any brand
2 Tablespoons  sweetener
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Cut the whole strawberries into thin slices and arrange the slices in the pie crust. 
Combine the crushed strawberries and Chai concentrate in a small saucepan. 
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook for two or three minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. 
In a small mixing bowl combine the sweetener and cornstarch and mix well. 
Strain the Chai mixture through a fine sieve into the bowl and blend thoroughly (a wire whisk works very well). Return this blend to the saucepan and cook over medium heat until it is clear and thickened, stirring constantly to prevent burning and sticking. 
Remove from heat and cool for five or ten minutes. 
Use a pastry brush to lightly coat the edges of the crust with glaze, then spoon the rest of the glaze evenly over the strawberries. 
Serve immediately, or chill briefly. 
This pie does not keep well, so serve it within a few hours of preparation. (The crust can be prepared in advance.)

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