17 May 2012

Improv Challenge: No Bake Fresh Strawberry Pie

It's time again for the Improv Challenge.  The premise of this challenge is easy: each month there are two assigned ingredients.  The participants must make a recipe using both ingredients and blog about it.

This month the ingredients were strawberries and cream.  I didn't waste any time trying to come up with a savory recipe using strawberries and cream, because I saw this recipe for No-Bake Fresh Strawberry Pie in last month's Cooking Light and just HAD to try it.  And since cream cheese counted as a "cream" ingredient, I was good to go!  (As you can see, I did serve it with whipped cream on top too, for good measure!)

No Bake Fresh Strawberry Pie

1 (6 oz.) Chocolate Graham Ready Crust
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
¾ tsp vanilla extract
2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 tbsp seedless strawberry fruit spread
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 lb. fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
Whipped cream, optional

Unwrap ready-made pie crust and set aside.

Place cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl; beat until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Carefully spread over bottom of crust. Place fruit spread in a large microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 10 seconds or until softened. Add lemon juice; stir with a whisk until smooth. Add berries; toss to combine. Arrange berries over pie. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.

Serve with whipped cream on top, if desired.

Makes 8 servings.

The original recipe called for making a chocolate crust from scratch, but I simplified things by using a store-bought one.  I'm sure the homemade one would taste better, but it wasn't worth the extra effort to me.  It also called for Chambord, a raspberry-flavored liqueur, but I wasn't about to buy a whole bottle of that stuff to use 1 tbsp of it.  I just increased the lemon juice a tad.

Look at all those beautiful berries!

Piled high!

This pie was so incredibly easy; I think I had it put together in 15 minutes or less.  And it is so good.  The combination of the tart berries and the sweet, creamy filling is amazing.  Next time I will make some chocolate sauce to drizzle over the top.  Because there most definitely WILL BE a next time!

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Ashley said...

That looks wonderful! Yum!

nichole L said...

Simply mouth-watering! 

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

That looks so good. I want to make it today. :)

e. jean said...

Marvelous! I'm going to have to go out & buy more berries today...

Kristen Baker said...

I love no bake desserts.  Especially if they contain berries!  What a beautiful pie.

Tara @ Crock-Pot Ladies said...

Yum yum yum yum! I am making this for my family cookout in a few weeks!  Great recipe.  

Joan Hayes said...

Lesa, did you save a slice for me? This looks heavenly and perfect for a warm day. I can just picture myself eating bite after cool bite of this wonderful, creamy, just enough sweet, oh and since there are strawberries, I can say healthy, dreamy pie. Oh and let's add fast and easy to the list! Pinned. Thanks for sharing. 

Amber @ The Cook's Sister said...

I love no-bake desserts! Ones with strawberries are all the better! Looks absolutely delicious!

Adventuresindinner said...

Perfect summer dessert!  So glad you posted to the Improv C:  Happy new follower.

Thefreshmancook said...

Your pie looks so refreshing! What a great dessert!

Amber @ The Cook's Sister said...

By the way, I featured your recipe on my blog today: 

The Wimpy Vegetarian said...

We both had strawberry cheesecake on the brain for this month's challenge! I love your approach to it, and will definitely be making this. It's one of my favorite desserts :-)

Lizzy Do said...

Mmmmm....this is a beauty as well as so yummy looking!!

Rachel Cooks said...

This just SCREAMS summer. Love it!

Me And My Sweets said...

I’ve started My Sweet Party, where I every month host a party with a theme (MAY theme is CHOCOLATE). The party is ongoing the entire duration of the month and then I will choose my top three favourites and feture those blogs. I would LOVE you to join My Sweet Party!

Alyssa A said...

This pie looks so good and I love how it is no bake. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you at the next party!

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