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No-Bake Lemon Pie

Introduction:

Indulge in the refreshing delight of a No-Bake Lemon Pie! This recipe offers a zesty and creamy experience without the need for baking, making it a perfect treat for any occasion.

Why We Love This Recipe:

This No-Bake Lemon Pie is a breeze to whip up and delivers a burst of citrusy goodness. Its simplicity and vibrant flavors make it a favorite for both novice and seasoned bakers alike.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whipped cream (for topping)

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Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and granulated sugar. Press the mixture into a pie dish to form the crust. Chill in the refrigerator while preparing the filling.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth.
  3. Gradually add the sweetened condensed milk, blending until well combined.
  4. Mix in the freshly squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract until the filling is smooth and creamy.
  5. Pour the lemon filling into the prepared crust, spreading it evenly.
  6. Refrigerate the pie for at least 4 hours or until set.
  7. Before serving, top the pie with a generous layer of whipped cream.
  8. Optional: Garnish with additional lemon zest for a burst of color and flavor.

Notes:

  • For an extra citrusy kick, add more lemon zest to both the filling and the whipped cream topping.
  • Ensure the cream cheese is softened to room temperature for a smoother filling.

FAQs: Q: Can I use store-bought graham cracker crust? A: Yes, you can save time by using a pre-made graham cracker crust. However, making your own adds a homemade touch.

Q: Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh? A: While fresh lemon juice is recommended for optimal flavor, bottled lemon juice can be used as a substitute.

Conclusion: Savor the simplicity and tangy sweetness of this No-Bake Lemon Pie. Whether it’s a summer day or a festive gathering, this dessert is sure to brighten any occasion with its luscious lemony goodness. Enjoy!

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