Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Frozen Strawberry Pie

I am not really in the habit of making desserts more healthy. I mean, what's the point? I'm going to use real butter and lots of sugar and good stuff. Because life is short and that's what dessert is for. But my son found this recipe in my Prevention magazine and wanted me to make it. He reads everything. And I mean everything, he loves to read and picks up everything. Including all my magazines. And including all my books...which can be dangerous. Like when he asks me...Mom, what's a compromising position?? Hmmm...i'll save that story for another day. Prevention magazine has a column where it takes your favorite treats and makes them healthier. So I gave it a whirl!

Frozen Strawberry Pie
taken from Prevention Magazine, May 2010

6 1/2 oz. vanilla wafers (about 3 cups)
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp canola oil

8 oz reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 pound strawberries, hulled

-Crush the wafers into fine crumbs. Mix crumbs, butter, and oil together.
-Pack the crumbs on sides and bottom of a 9 inch pie plate
-Chill at least 20 minutes
-Bake crust at 325 degrees F for 15-18 minutes. Cool Completely
-Beat cream cheese with electric mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar at low speed and mix well.
-Puree one-quarter of strawberries. Fold into cream cheese mixture. Pour filling into crust.
-Freeze pie until just firm, 1-2 hours
-Take rest of strawberries and toss with a bit of sugar (optional). Serve this topping over the pie.

So...with that being said...I didn't follow the recipe. LOL! I chopped up about 3/4 of the strawberries and put them into the cream cheese mixture. I like all the red studded in the pink filling. And then I just put one big one on top!

I loved the intense strawberry flavor of the filling. It was so good. And we topped it with vanilla ice cream. It would be good with more strawberries, whipped cream, or ice cream!

And I am also in love with my new pie plate...I just love the color!!

I hope you are all having a good week!! Thanks for stopping by...


Lydia said...

Yummm that looks delicious!!

Candy said...

I agree with you about not trying to make desserts healthier, but I do use low fat cream cheese. The pie looks delicious and I love the color of you pie plate too!

Gina said...

Yum!!! That looks soo good!!!

Unknown said...

I have a bunch of strawberries from the other day in my fridge that I totally need to use today! Pie here I come! (Though I'm going to be lazy and use a premade graham cracker crust!)

Joni M said...

YUM! It looks solid. Do you think I can make this and freeze into popsicles?

Mona Pendleton said...

YUMMY! Oh my gosh Mara! This looks divine :)

Val said...

Oh Yum! I swear I gain 10 lbs every time I look at your blog. Everything is always so delicious sounding.

Rebecca Keppel said...

This looks so light and summery and the funny thing is....I totally noticed the gorgeous pie plate :)

Michelle said...

OOOhh! thanks for the "healthier" dessert idea. We just started Weight Watchers, and we might be able to work this one in.

And love that plate! I want that to be one of the colors in my kitchen.

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IamDerby said...

This looks kind a yummy! Love your blue pie plate.

BethieJ said...

YUMMMMYYYY!!! The pie looks FABULOUS!! and I too am in LOVE with your new pie plate.. oh my.. I want one! LOL!! Or maybe I could just run over and borrow yours! ;)