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!)
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!
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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