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Cream Cheese Lemonade Pie

Zesty Refreshment: Cream Cheese Lemonade Pie

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Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with a burst of citrusy delight! This Cream Cheese Lemonade Pie is the perfect combination of creamy, tangy, and sweet flavors, all nestled in a buttery graham cracker crust. Whether you’re hosting a summer soirĂ©e or simply craving a refreshing dessert, this pie is sure to impress. With its simple ingredients and easy preparation, it’s a recipe that will quickly become a favorite in your dessert repertoire. So, let’s dive into the delightful world of lemony goodness!

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Ingredients

  • 1 (9-inch) graham cracker pie crust
  • 1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup whipped topping, plus extra for garnish if desired

Instructions

  1. Prepare Crust: Start by preparing the graham cracker pie crust according to the package instructions, or if making from scratch, press the graham cracker crumbs into a 9-inch pie dish and bake until golden brown. Let it cool completely.
  2. Prepare Filling: In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add Sweetened Condensed Milk: Gradually add the sweetened condensed milk to the cream cheese, beating until well combined and smooth.
  4. Incorporate Lemonade Concentrate: Add the thawed frozen lemonade concentrate, lemon zest, and fresh lemon juice to the cream cheese mixture. Mix until fully incorporated.
  5. Fold in Whipped Topping: Gently fold in the whipped topping until evenly distributed throughout the filling.
  6. Fill Pie Crust: Pour the filling into the prepared graham cracker pie crust, spreading it out evenly with a spatula.
  7. Chill: Place the pie in the refrigerator and let it chill for at least 4 hours, or until set.
  8. Garnish and Serve: Before serving, garnish the pie with additional whipped topping if desired and a sprinkle of lemon zest for extra flair.

Cook Notes and Variations

  • Make-Ahead Option: This pie can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before serving.
  • Lemon Curd Swirl: For an extra burst of lemon flavor, swirl lemon curd into the filling before chilling.
  • Crust Variations: Experiment with different crust options such as shortbread or vanilla wafer crusts for a unique twist.
  • Individual Servings: Instead of one large pie, divide the filling into individual serving dishes for a fun presentation at parties or gatherings.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Can I use fresh lemonade instead of frozen concentrate? A: While fresh lemonade can be used, the concentrated flavor of frozen lemonade concentrate provides a more intense lemon flavor in the pie.

Q: Can I use low-fat cream cheese for this recipe? A: Yes, you can use low-fat cream cheese, but keep in mind that it may affect the texture and richness of the filling.

Q: Can I use store-bought whipped topping or homemade whipped cream? A: Either option works well in this recipe. Store-bought whipped topping provides convenience, while homemade whipped cream adds a fresh touch.

Q: Can I make this pie without a crust? A: Absolutely! Simply pour the filling into individual serving dishes and chill until set for a crustless option.

Keto and Low-Carb Versions

Keto Version:

  • Replace the graham cracker crust with a low-carb almond flour crust or a crust made from crushed nuts and coconut oil.
  • Use full-fat cream cheese and unsweetened whipped cream instead of sweetened condensed milk and whipped topping.
  • Sweeten with a keto-friendly sweetener like erythritol or stevia.

Low-Carb Version:

  • Opt for a crust made from crushed nuts, coconut flour, and a low-carb sweetener like monk fruit sweetener.
  • Use full-fat cream cheese and unsweetened whipped cream.
  • Substitute lemon zest and juice for sugar-free lemon extract or essence to minimize carbs.

Cream Cheese Lemonade Pie is a delightful dessert that brings together the creamy richness of cream cheese with the vibrant tanginess of lemonade. Whether enjoyed on a warm summer day or as a refreshing treat year-round, this pie is sure to leave you craving another slice. With its creamy texture, zesty flavor, and buttery crust, it’s the perfect balance of sweet and tart. So, why wait? Treat yourself to a slice of sunshine with this irresistible pie today!

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