If you know me, you know that cooking is not my passion, although I do seem to enjoy watching shows about cooking and food. Mainly, cooking is part of what I have to do in life and there are times I enjoy it more than others. My favorite things to cook are usually sweets and recipes that are quick and easy. Here are two summer pies that fit that description to a T!
1. Lemonade Pie (or just Lemon Pie as is written on the recipe card)
This recipe was given to my mom from a friend in New Jersey, Martha Brown, and it became one of our summer favorites when I was growing up. In fact, since it's so easy, I was probably making it on my own when I was 9 or 10 years old. Lots of fun memories associated with this pie.
As you can see, there are only three ingredients, not counting the pie crust (we use graham cracker crust, but you can make it in a regular pie shell that has been pre-baked). Just stir the ingredients together (thaw the lemonade and the whipped topping first) and fill the pie shell. Refrigerate until time to serve (and it will still be a soft pie). Also, always be sure to remember the sweetened condensed milk, otherwise your guests might pucker uncontrollably (not that I have any experience with that scenario . . .)
2. Strawberry Yogurt Pie (frozen)
This recipe was either given to me by a friend when we were newlyweds or I found it in a magazine and shared it with my friend. Whichever way it happened, my friend's husband actually started making the pie and we knew it was easy if he was making it (no offense intended, but he was a busy med student who didn't have a large repertoire of recipes that he could make).
This pie also has three ingredients (which I forgot to photograph because this isn't a food blog--in case you were unsure of that): 1 6-8 oz. container of strawberry yogurt (I guess you could use any flavor), 1 tub of whipped topping, frozen sliced strawberries (thawed). Stir those ingredients together and place in a graham cracker crust (I used a chocolate one this time, but plain is great). Freeze pie until ready to serve and let thaw out a little before cutting. I also added some strawberries and chocolate chips on top as a garnish.
So if you're needing some quick and easy and yummy desserts this summer, try these pies! Let me know what you think!