Monday, July 23, 2012

Easy, delicious summertime dessert: Lemonade Pie

In this house full of boys, there's not much that's more welcome than homemade pie.  And on these dog days of summer, a cold pie is hard to beat.  Here's one of the simplest, most delicious pie recipes I know: Lemonade Pie.

Smooth, delicious, creamy, with just the right amount of citrusy bite.  Yum!  And so easy to make.

First you need a graham cracker crust.  You could buy one, of course, but it's so much better to make your own--and so simple.

You'll need 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs.  I make my own by crushing 15 graham cracker sheets (2 squares each) in my food processor.

Melt 1 stick of butter (I do this in the microwave).  Add 1/3 cup sugar and the cracker crumbs.  Mix well.

Danger!  This stuff is so good!  Sometimes I get a little carried away with sampling the crumbs and end up not having quite enough for my pie.

Press into a pie pan.  Just use your fingers for this.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

The pie filling couldn't be easier.  Simply mix an 8-ounce container of frozen whipped topping such as Cool Whip, 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, and 6 ounces of lemonade or limeade concentrate.  If you can't find a 6-oz. can of lemonade concentrate, just buy the larger can, thaw it, and measure 6 ounces in a liquid measuring cup.  Stir all three ingredients together until smooth.  If desired, add a couple of drops of food coloring.  Pour into pie crust and refrigerate.  The longer it sits in the refrigerator, the better it gets!

Here's a close-up--see the satiny goodness?  This will make your taste buds dance!

Here's the recipe again:

Lemonade Pie

2 cups graham cracker crumbs (15 crackers crushed)
1 stick butter
1/3 cup sugar

8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed slightly
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
6 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

Melt butter.  Mix cracker crumbs and sugar into melted butter.  Press crumb mixture into pie pan.  Bake 12 minutes at 350 degrees.  Cool.

Combine filling ingredients; mix well.  Add a little food coloring if desired.  Pour into prepared pie shell.  Refrigerate until serving.  Enjoy!

What's your favorite summertime dessert?


arkie said...

This is one of my husband's favorite pies. Sometimes I use 1/3 cup of lemon juice in place of the lemonade and add a block of cream cheese to the mix. If I am in a hurry to make it, I use vanilla wafers spread in the pie pan for the crust. Such a great summertime dessert!

You have a great blog! Thanks!

Erica {let why lead} said...

Mmm, I used to always ask for a version of this for my birthday when I was a kid. I want to try this one!

Suzy said...

Oh my goodness, Richella - this sounds and looks delicious! Definitely gonna make this one. Thank you for sharing!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

I made a couple of these just last week! The perfect summer dessert!!! The family loved it!

Paula said...

I love this pie and it's been way too long since I've had it. You are right that it's the perfect summer dessert.

NanaDiana said...

Richella- This is the simplest recipe I have ever seen for this pie- I am copying this over right now- xo Diana

Phylis said...

I use that same ingredients for a fruit dip. I use a 12oz. can of frozen pink lemonade, cool whip, and sweetened condensed milk. Great for strawberries, grapes, etc.



I love summery easy recipes.

Kelli W said...

Yum! This sounds perfect for a hot summer day!

Rebecca said...

How long does it really need to refrigerate? And, if in a hurry, can you stick it in the freezer? Sounds yummy! Thanks.

Richella said...

I think this pie is better the longer it chills (so I actually like it better the second day!)--but you can enjoy it as soon as it's cool. And you can certainly put it in the freezer for awhile to hasten the chilling!

New Every Morning said...

I make this pie every summer. Sometimes I use the pink lemonade concentrate and add a drop of red food coloring. It makes a nice welcome baby girl dessert when making meals for new moms.

New Every Morning said...

I make this pie every summer and sometimes use the pink lemonade concentrate, adding a drop of red food coloring. It makes a nice "welcome baby girl" dessert for new moms.

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