GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Need some ideas for your Spring or Easter dessert table?

"The Pie Lady" Mary Pintjoined KARE 11 News at 4with some easy-as-pie suggestions.

Spring into Strawberry Pie

1 each baked pastry crust

2 poundscapped and rinsed whole strawberries (let strawberries drain for 15 minutes)
6 ouncesstrawberry glaze

Topping and Garnish
8 ounceswhipped cream tinted with light green color
8 ounceswhipped cream
1 dozen pastel colored candy dots

Recipe for Homemade Whipping Cream
Mary blievespie can be served "BC" (before whipped cream) or "AD" (after decadence). If you're looking for AD, try making real whipped cream. You will impress your family and friends.

2 cupsheavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons super fine sugar
½ teaspoonreal vanilla extract
½ teaspooncream of tartar (optional)


  1. Place your mixing bowl and heavy whipping cream in freezer for 30 minutes before whipping cream.
  2. Once chilled, add heavy whipping cream to bowl and, using an electric mixer, start to whip. Start out at a low speed and gradually increase the speed.
  3. Once you see soft peaks start to form, add sugar (blended with cream of tartar if you prefer) and vanilla extract and continue beating until peaks form and hold.
  4. Keep whipped cream refrigerated until you are ready to serve.

In a time crunch? Here are Mary'seasy tips to make your ready-made pie the star:

  • Decorate your slice of pie to create fun at the dessert table
  • Add easy toppings for store bought pies such as Jellybeans on top of lemon meringue pie or chocolate shavings on a strawberry pie

Mary Pint, ''The Pie Lady,'' is a long time pie lover and representative forBakers Square restaurants who has worked in the pie industry for 38 years.

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