It is SO simple that someone who "burns water" can make this.
I mean it REALLY is simple. Three ingredients plus a ready made pie shell and an optional topping.
Here are the ingredients:
- 1/3 Cup Lemon Juice
- 8 Ounces Cream Cheese
- 1 Can (14 ounces) Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 Graham Cracker Pie shell.
That's all.... Oh how to "cook" this? That's the beauty of this pie, you don't.
- Mix together the ingredients in a big bowl until they're smooth.
- Pour Ingredients into Pie Shell.
- Chill in refrigerator until set.
Yes, you too can make a pie.
Now here's the review:
I made this for Thanksgiving. I was pressed for time after churning butter, making biscuits, cookie dough, lunch and some other things were tossed in the mixed the day before Thanksgiving. I had some "backup" cakes in the refrigerator that were ready-made so I was safe if this turned out badly. I wanted quick!
It took me all of 10 minutes and that was because I dawdled. You can put it all in a blender to make the filling silky smooth. Next time I will because I used low fat cream cheese and it clumped more than I like.
I also used Meyer Lemons which are amazingly juicy but a milder flavor than "regular" lemons. One lemon gave me 1/3 cup juice which is an awful lot in comparison with the "regular" lemons. I'll use two next time and add a little cornstarch to thicken the mix a little more.
The pie's taste was like a Lemon Cheesecake. It was rich, tasted like a no bake cheesecake that I've had before. I will make it again, especially since it was so quick to make.
The only draw back I found was that since it was a No Bake pie, it wasn't truly "firm". The texture was a wee bit looser than I personally prefer, but it did set up perfectly. When my piece was served, it was also warmer since it was sliced and set out on the counter for 30 minutes. I recommend serving this cold.
Variations include more lemon juice, use lime or another citrus juice, add a meringue topping, add whipped cream, mascarpone cheese, and finally low fat cheese.
Don't forget the Cherry on top! Enjoy and best of luck!