Recipe by April
"Cool and easy--even your kids can help you make it! They'll love the pudding and cream cheese filling and the graham cracker crust."
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1 (4.3 ounce) package
non-instant lemon pudding mix
1 (8 ounce) package
1/2 (14 ounce) can
sweetened condensed milk
1 (9 inch)
prepared graham cracker crust
1 (8 ounce) container
frozen whipped topping, thawed
I loved this recipe. It is a great, refreshing summer dessert. I used a little extra lemon juice (close to 4 tablespoons) and thought the pie was the perfect balance of sweet and tart. I also used reduced fat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk, and the recipe turned out well. Note: I never make non-instant pudding and did not realize that it requires the addition of sugar and egg yolks (at least the brand I made did). I am so used to making instant pudding and just adding milk, make sure to have any necessary pudding ingredients on hand. Also, the recipe makes a lot of filling. My market offers larger graham crusts, ten servings instead of the regular eight. I would get that next time.
I thought this pie was just ok. Mine didn't set at all and so I wasn't able to cut it into peices. It had a decent flavor but I thought it needed more "tart" taste to it. Would make a good pudding though. Thanks anyway.
After reading other reviews, I used a 10 serving size pie crust and the filling amount was just perfect, added one extra tbls. of lemon juice but will add even more next time. Make sure your cream cheese is room temp. and it will mix in easily with a wire whip. This pie needs at the very least 4 hrs. to set up and even then mine wasn't real cold. I will plan ahead next time so it can chill overnight. YUMMY!!!
Being calorie conscious, I used a Keebler low fat graham crust, low fat cream cheese and low calorie condensed milk. It was delicious and not as loaded with calories so I didn't feel guilty having more than one slice!
Whoo-hoo! First time ever making lemon pie--you guys are going to turn me into a baker, yet! I got the 10-serving pie shell and (oops!) 2-pkgs of 2.9 oz pudding, so I used 1-1/2 pkgs. Really important to cook the pudding until it is super thick and boiling. I used about 1 tsp of zest while stirring the pudding, and 4-1/2 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice for the stir-in. Having the crm cheese at room temp was a great suggestion and I ended up using about 3/4 of the can of cond milk. Chilled overnight, this pie set up really well. It was devoured in under 5 minutes--it took me longer to serve it than it took my family to eat it! Kids loved this, too :-)Next time I will use reg whipping cream instead of cool whip, as I never defrost that stuff the right way. The pie is actually superb without any topping at all. It was a great wrap up to our Memorial Day BBQ.
I love this pie. The first time I made it as written and it was good. The amount of tartness and lemon flavor is personal, fortunately this recipe works if you add extra lemon juice.
I loved the hints from a previous reviewers: Bring the pudding to a full boil, cubing/softening the cream cheese, and mixing in some of the thawed topping.
The second time I made an altered recipe. I used two (2.9oz) packages instead of one large (4.3oz) package. While the pudding was thickened but still boiling hot I took it completely off the stove (instead of turning the heat to low) and add the softened and cubed cream cheese mixing it in with a hand mixer. I added an extra 4 ounces (making a total of 12oz) of cream cheese which made it so creamy delicious. I added more lemon juice for a total of 1 cup of lemon juice. After the condensed milk and lemon juice were mixed in, I added one (8oz) container of completely thawed whipped topping. I used a hand mixer to get everything completely mixed together. After pouring the filling into the graham cracker pie crusts and refrigerating, the pies were set in less than an hour. When ready to serve I topped with additional thawed whipped topping.
The additional cream cheese, lemon juice and whipped topping made enough filling for three purchased graham cracker crusts. Like the first pie, made with the original directions, these pies set up beautifully and have the perfect texture and lemony tartness I crave.
What a great summer recipe! I used a baked pastry shell, fat free condensed milk and 1/3 less fat cream cheese. I followed the directions exactly as written. It turned out perfect! Thank you "momof3" for the tip about putting it in the freezer for an hour before placing it in the refrigerator. I'll be making this a lot!!
This was wonderful! Quick, easy and delicious. Everyone loved it.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Quick and Easy Lemon Pie
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 216
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