Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Dessert: Fruit Fluff Pie

This is one of my favorite refrigerator pies, almost a cheesecake, but light and
fluffy, flavored with the fresh fruit of your choice. I've made this pie with peaches,
cherries, strawberries, oranges, blueberries, raspberries and bananas. Today I'm using
blackberries and a clementine orange.
1    pre-made graham cracker pie crust       
               (or make your own from your favorite recipe)
 2   8 oz. packages cream cheese (softened)  
1   cup whipping cream                               
                   1   cup fresh fruit, chopped, cut up, quartered, or sliced
1    tsp. vanilla extract                                 
              sugar, to taste                                                
First prepare your fruit. You need about a cup of whatever fresh fruit you
choose to use. Sprinkle it with about a tablespoon of sugar and let it sit for
about 30 minutes to allow the fruit to make it's own juice. If you are using a
fruit that will turn brown, sprinkle it with a  bit of lemon juice. 

Whip the softened cream cheese in a large mixing bowl until it's light
and fluffy. Now if your cream cheese is still pretty firm, microwave for 30
seconds or so and it will soften right up and then whip away.
 Now add about half of the prepared fruit and whip it a little longer, until the
fruit is totally incorporated into the cream cheese. Now taste it. Sweeten it with
sugar to your liking, and if you choose you can add extracts that complement
the fruit you have chosen. Now set this whole bowl aside.
 In a separate bowl, whip the cream. When it starts to thicken add the vanilla
and sugar to your taste. I use about a tablespoon of sugar.
 Whip until stiff peaks form.
 Plop the whipped cream into the bowl with the cream cheese and
fruit mixture.
 Gently fold the two mixtures together.
Add the remaining fruit and fold to incorporate.
Place it in your prepared crust and refrigerate for at least 2 hours
before serving.
Use whatever fruit you like when you make this. And if you like you can
also add 1/4 cup or so of chopped nuts (really good if you used bananas!)


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