Directions for Cream Filling: Mix first 4 ingredients. Gradually stir in milk. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil; reduce heat and cook and stir till thick. Stir a little of hot mixture into egg; return to remaining hot mixture. Bring just to boiling, stirring constantly. Cool, then chill. Beat well; fold in whipped cream and vanilla.
Directions for pie: Toast almonds until lightly browned, then sprinkle over the bottom of the cooled pie crust. Fill crust with chilled Cream Filling. Halve 2 cups of the strawberries. Pile atop filling.
Glaze: Crush remaining 1/2 cup berries; add water; cook 2 minutes; sieve. Mix sugar and cornstarch; gradually stir in berry juice. Cook, and stir till thick and clear. Tint to desired color with food coloring. Cool slightly; pour over halved strawberries. Keep refrigerated till serving time. Pass whipped cream, if desired.