Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Light and Fruity Pie
There are all kinds of light summer pies going around the blogging world. I didn't want to be left out, so I thought I'd throw in mine too.
Years ago, I used to make this Light and Fruity Pie, which I found on the back of a box of Jello. Or maybe it was Cool Whip.
When I saw all these summer pies being posted, I dug out this recipe (from the archives) and whipped it up on Sunday afternoon. I had forgotten how good it was.
Does that ever happen to you? You pull out an old recipe that you used to make and think "wow! This is great. I wonder why I quit making it?" (happens to me a lot).
This is the simplest recipe in the world....Cool Whip, Jell-o and fruit. That's it. Oh, and a graham cracker crust.
I think foods/dishes tend to go in cycles. This pie was trendy in the early 80's. Jello and Cool Whip? Yep, the early 80's. Or the Midwest.
But just because it 'used' to be trendy doesn't mean it's not good.
This is good! It might not be the healthiest thing ever, but once in a while won't hurt you.
I made raspberry flavored of course....because that's my favorite., but you can use any flavor of Jello you want. You just have to be sure and use a corresponding fruit If you use strawberry flavored Jello, you use strawberries, peach flavored, peaches, and so on.
Honestly, I've only ever made raspberry flavored, because that's my absolute favorite flavor of berry.
I feel guilty sometimes, because I make what I like and the Handyman just eats what I make.
I just asked him....
Me: Hey, what is your favorite berry?
Me: I just want to know.
Him: Hmmmm.... Manilow.
(sigh) He thinks he's very funny. He went on to say strawberry, no raspberry, but he's not ever given the huckleberry a fair chance.
See? It's easier if I just make it and he eats it.
This light and fruity pie is everything its name says about it. Light and creamy and cool and full of fresh fruit.
We ate it all up in 2 days. We had a bit of help from my son and his girlfriend, but we did eat more than our fair share.
I think you'll like it.
Light and Fruity Pie
1 pgk. (4 serve size) any flavor Jello
2/3 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cold water
3 1/2 cups thawed Cool Whip
1 cup diced fruit (fresh, frozen, canned) * I used fresh fruit.
1 prepared graham cracker crust
Dissolve Jello in boiling water. Combine cold water and ice cubes to make 1 1/4 cups. Add to Jello and stir until thickened. Remove any unmelted ice cubes. Using wire whisk, blend in Cool Whip till smooth. Fold in fruit and chill for 20 minutes. Fluff it up and mound into crust.
Chill for 2 more hours.
It's funny....my pictures. some I took inside, some outside. The outside pics show a darker Raspberry color.
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