Saturday, August 15, 2015

Recipe #94: Lady Bird Johnson's Strawberry Ice Box Pie

As I started to write this, I had to wonder how many of my readers even knew who Lady Bird Johnson was?  She was the wife of our 36th president, Lyndon B. Johnson, and was the epitome \ of graciousness.  I have never had an ice box pie, although the concept itself sounds wonderful, especially on a hot day.  I bought a recipe book from goodwill awhile back and found this recipe very intriguing.  It's not the usual strawberry ice box pie recipe.  Cooking the marshmallows over a double boiler will probably do most people in, but after that, everything pretty much falls into place.  I made a pate brisee recipe for the crust...a basic butter crust recipe, but I truly feel a graham cracker crust would be a winner, and a store bought one for many of you, even easier.  This reminds me somewhat of an ambrosia, except all of the marshmallows are melted.  Also, you may add perhaps a tsp banana or almond extract just to give it another dimention.  Time to cook...

1 16 oz package mini marshmallows                        2 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, 1 box frozen
1/3 cup sugar                                                                1 cup whipping cream, whipped
1 9 1/2" pie crust

Cut up the strawberries in small chunks and put in a medium bowl.  Add the 1/3 cup sugar and stir.  Don't put in the refrigerator if you're going to make the pie right away.  I usually cut up the strawberries in the morning, or the night before so I can get the most juice I can.  Put marshmallows in a double boiler (I use a large pot with boiling water and a put a large pyrex bowl on top.)  Add 2-4 tbsp strawberry juice...whatever you have from the fresh strawberries, or the frozen.  Cook on med-low heat until marshmallows are dissolved, or you want some of the marshmallow texture, don't go totally to that point.  Take off heat and mix strawberries and marshmallows throroughly.  Fold in whipped cream.  Pour into pie shell and chill for at least 3-5 hours.  Bon appetit!




 made a pate brisee, but graham cracker crust is the way to go...

marshmallows after about 5 minutes...

after 10 minutes...

after 12 minutes...

I think this was about 15 minutes...time to add the strawberries, then the whipped cream...

okay the pie is in the shell, now in the frig to set...

4 comments:

  1. Hi! I found your blog after I found this recipe that I'm guessing my great-grandmother wrote down from a newspaper. Your recipe is a bit different. My Nana has written down an additional ounce of marshmallow and no sugar added. HOWEVER, she does have the Pastry Shell recipe that goes with it. I have written it below for you. :)

    Pastry Shell:
    1 cup flour
    2 Tbs Shortening
    1 tsp salt
    3 Tbs cold water
    1 Tbs sugar

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  2. hey lynn, don't know if you're still with me or not. just posted another recipe yesterday after some time. hoping to publish my blog into a book with more recipes and stories. thanks for the crust recipe...I loved lady bird

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  3. Ladybird made me laugh, cry and miss my mother. I don't think it was overrated or fell short, it's its own thing. A coming of age story of a weird and quirky teenage girl who struggles figure out her own self as her mother tries to cope with the idea of ladybird growing up. Instantly became a favorite of mine, and the premises of mother and daughter relationships came close to how teenage girls and moms are always at odds. Definitely a must watch!
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