Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Monday, June 3, 2013

Easy Strawberry and Cream Pie


Summer...

It's almost here.  Sweet summertime.  How about a lightened up pie to help celebrate it's arrival this month? 

Strawberries have just been outstanding the past couple of weeks.  This easy pie is the perfect way to serve them.  The only baking required for this pie is the the crust for 8-10 minutes.  If you choose to use a pre-made reduced fat graham cracker crust, you can eliminate turning the oven on at all. (Nutrition information provided calculated using the crust as listed in the ingredients below.  Using another crust may change values.)

Easy Strawberry and Cream Pie | Renee's Kitchen Adventures


The "cream" layer is a combination of reduced fat cream cheese, some sugar, lemon juice and Cool Whip Free®.  It is then topped with fresh strawberries mixed in a store bought glaze. You can usually find the glaze in the produce section by the strawberries of your grocers.  I used Marzetti® brand and that is what the nutritional information provided is calculated with.  Super easy and super delicious.

Make sure you cool your pie crust completely before filling it and refrigerate the completed pie for at least an hour before serving.



Easy Strawberry and Cream Pie
adapted from Allrecipes


Servings - 10   Serving size - 1/10th of pie   Points Plus per Serving - 6 Points+
Calories  219.2,   Total Fat  9.2g,   Carb. - 31.3g,   Protein - 3.8g,   Fiber - 1.1g

For the crust:
1 sleeve (10 cracker sheets) graham crackers
2 TBS granulated sugar
2 TBS butter, melted
1 egg white

For the filling:
1-8oz. package of 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature
2 TBS (heaping) powdered sugar
1 TBS fresh lemon juice
1 cup of Cool Whip Free®
2 cups of quartered or halved fresh strawberries
1-13.5 oz. container of glaze for strawberries ( I used Marzetti® brand) 

1.  For the crust:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 9" pie plate lightly with cooking spray.  In a food processor, process the graham crackers into crumbs.  Add in the 2 TBS granulated sugar, melted butter and the egg white.  Plus a few times to combine ingredients.  Press mixture into prepared pie plate, on the bottom and up the sides.  Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes to "set" the crust.  Cool completely before filling.

2.  In large bowl, combine the reduced fat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and lemon juice with electric mixer until smooth.  Fold in Cool Whip Free®.  Spread over the baked and cooled crust.  Top with the fresh strawberries, pressing them slightly into the cream layer.  Top with the strawberry glaze.  (You may not need to use the entire container)  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving, to allow the cream layer to firm up a bit.

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I made this over the weekend and it was a hit with my family.  The strawberry glaze tends to be quite sweet, so I don't put much sugar in the cream layer, but you might need to adjust it to your liking.  (of course, nutrition information may change if you do)  This pie absolutely screams summer to me and it's just so pretty too! 

I had hoped to have a nice, kicked back weekend after all the traveling we have been doing, but on Saturday morning, my MIL fell and broke her hip!  So we spend a good chunk of the weekend in the hospital.  Good news is, she had successful surgery to repair and, hopefully, will have a short recovery time.  She is 86 but a very strong woman.  I am hoping her strength and her relatively good health will help her heal quickly.  We did manage to get some yard work done yesterday afternoon after we left the hospital.  Much needed!  I trimmed all the shrubs in the front yard and we are planning on mulching next weekend...if the weather cooperates.  I don't even have any annuals in yet...I feel so behind this year, but I guess with all the traveling we have been doing, I have an excuse.  The weather hasn't been the most cooperative this year either. 

So maybe I can look to next weekend for some kicked back time?  (fingers crossed!)  


26 comments:

  1. DELICIOUS! I want to eat the whole thing.

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  2. Hope your MIL makes a full and speedy recovery! Best wishes to her and your whole family Renee!

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  3. Hope your MIL recovers quickly! This pie looks so delicious. Do you think I could omit the powdered sugar or use regular sugar? I just don't like powdered sugar at all. I have to make this very soon. I can't believe how easy it is too :)

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    1. Suzie...you could definitely use granulated sugar. I used powdered to help keep the filling together.

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  4. Looks gorgeous and so delicious! You even gave the points plus value, thanks! :) Pam

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    1. you are welcome. I have PP values on most of my recipes here!

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  5. I've never had a strawberry pie before, but that looks amazeballs! Glad your MIL's surgery went well - glad she's still feisty at 86! Hope I am too at that age! :D

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  6. Oooh, this pie sounds wonderful! Can't beat strawberries and cream. Sorry about your MIL, I do hope she heals fast--good things she's a tough old bird!

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  7. What a simple delicious looking strawberry pie! One of my favorite fruits!

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  8. This Strawberry pie looks beautiful and looks so easy to make. I love that you include all the nutrition and Weight Watcher points on every recipe! Shared, Stumbled, Zipped and Pinned!

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  9. My goodness- this looks wonderful! My mom used to make a no-bake cheesecake that sounds similar to this, but hers didn't have glorious strawberries on top!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! This recipe really is so easy, similar to the nobake cheesecakes for sure, the strawberries put it over the top!

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  10. I have everything but the strawberries and those I may just pick up before I get home (from the dr office!). This looks delicious and so quick and easy to put together. Will make a good dinner for me. ;) babying my sick self. lol

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  11. This looks so insanely fresh and delicious!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by!! There is nothing like fresh strawberry pie!

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  12. I am such a HUGE fan of Strawberry Pies! I definitely so excited to try this one! You don't know how happy finding a simple and direct recipe I love makes me!!!

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  13. how can i make the galze at home as I don't get any galze in the store.

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    1. I've never made the glaze from scratch but I bet you could find a recipe if you search the web.

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  14. ok thank you renee will try to search for it.

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