Easy as Pie

The phrase “easy as pie” doesn’t normally refer to the act of making a pie, because we all know that it is not always an easy task.  What it refers to is the act of eating pie – which is normally considered quite simple.  At least it is for me anyway.

I’ve found a recipe for a pie that gives the phrase “easy as pie” a whole new meaning.

This recipe is from Kraft Foods, and I promise you it will be the easiest,  and probably the healthiest pie you’ve ever made.   The reviews that this recipe got are so good that I couldn’t wait to make it myself.  In all honesty, I’m not sure why I haven’t made this pie before now since it’s a fairly common recipe. I’m almost thinking it might even fit into the retro recipe category.

Aside from the pie crust, this recipe only requires three common ingredients.  Yes, you read that correctly – just three!  And as long as we are talking pie crust,  I made my own graham cracker crust instead of buying a packaged one because I wanted to serve my dessert in an 8”x8” pan which then turns this recipe into a square pie.  Is that a new word – square pie?

Cool & Easy Pie  (slightly adapted from Kraft Foods)

1 package of  sugar-free raspberry gelatin

2/3 c. boiling water

1 c. of cold water (I put mine in the freezer 15 minutes before I made the pie)

1 (8 oz.) tub of lite whipped topping

1 (9”) graham cracker pie crust

1 c. fresh or frozen raspberries

In a large bowl, add gelatin.  Pour in boiling water and stir for about 2 minutes until all of the gelatin is dissolved.  Stir in cold water.  Add whipped topping; mix with a wire whisk until smooth.  Add berries and refrigerate for 20 minutes.  Remove from refrigerator and pour into pie crust.  Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.  Serves 8

I love the lightness and fruity flavor of this dessert.  If you’re not a raspberry fan then be creative and try a different flavor.  I’m already thinking ahead to Easter!

For the original  Kraft recipe, to read reviews, or see the nutritional information, follow the Kraft Foods link above.   And remember, the nutritional value of the pie I made is going to have less sugar and calories because it’s made with sugar-free gelatin. 

Now, let’s talk about the phrase “easy come, easy go”.

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French Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Crème Frosting

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I am counting the days until we have fresh strawberries to pick here in New York.  Typically, the strawberry plants start bearing bright red, juicy berries that are ready to pick by mid June. 

With a little more than a month of waiting left I decided I couldn’t wait another day, so I bought some strawberries from the supermarket. 

Although the berries shipped from afar and sold in the supermarket are never as good as those grown locally, they help quench my craving for them – especially when they are made into a sinful dessert.

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This dessert is simple and refreshing.

Here is what you will need to make this recipe. 

Cake:

1 Betty Crocker French vanilla cake mix, and ingredients to make the cake mix

Frosting:

1 package of Jell-O sugar-free instant white chocolate pudding

1/2 tsp. strawberry  Jell-O

1 8 oz. tub of whipped topping

1 small package of fresh strawberries

1 c. skim milk

1/4 c. powdered sugar

Prepare the cake mix according to the package.  Bake and allow the cake to cool completely.

*I baked my cake in two 6” round pans for a layer cake.

Dice strawberries into small pieces; set aside.

In a large bowl, add whipped topping, strawberry Jell-O, white chocolate pudding mix, milk, and powdered sugar; mix thoroughly.  Fold in diced strawberries.

Frost cake; serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Confession of the week:  I decided to take pictures of this cake mid afternoon – long before dessert time.  The cake looked and smelled so good that I took one bite while photographing it.  One bite turned into another, and before I knew it the piece of cake was gone and the plate was empty!

There are hazards to blogging about food, and this is one of them. 

What is your favorite cake combo?

I’m sharing my cake over at Mike and Molly’s House.  Check out all the other great shares there too!