Yes, those summer holidays are right around the corner. For those celebrating both Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4), the time to plan is upon us.
This year, because of Josh’s wonky work schedule, we will be celebrating in between the two. Last year, if memory serves me, we had a homemade Strawn’s strawberry pie as our dessert. Yes, it is red and white (symbolic of both Canada and the United States–well, with blue), but we are gobbling up strawberries so quickly that there is no way we will be able to spare the two pounds for a pie.
Another option is a recipe I made (but did not blog) for Cinco de Mayo. It’s greenish, so it would also work for St. Patrick’s Day. But, what I really like about it for the two summer holidays, is that you don’t heat up the kitchen (other than the ten minutes for the crust) in all of the craziness.
What recipe am I talking about? Kraft Recipe’s Margarita Cheesecake Pie.
Here’s what I did:
34 Ritz crackers, crushed (a great job for Muffin! or a mama with a need to whack and crush things!)
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2 large limes, divided
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (Resist the urge to eat this can with a spoon. You might want to change the amount to 2 cans so you can have a can to enjoy with a spoon. Cooks perogative!)
1/4 cup FRESH lemon juice (not Real Lemon–resist the urge)
Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine cracker crumbs and butter; press onto bottom and up side of 9-inch pie plate. Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven; cool 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, zest 1 lime and set zest aside. Cut zested lime in half. Squeeze juice from lime halves. Beat cream cheese and milk with mixer until blended. Add lime and lemon juice; mix well.
Spoon cream cheese mixture into crust. Smooth top. Cut remaining lime into four lengthwise quarters, then cut each quarter crosswise into thin slices. Arrange around edge of pie. Sprinkle with zest.
Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
What is your dessert plan for these summer holidays?