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No-Bake Pink Cheese Pie with Mixed Berries

A beautiful pie with a "pink" twist on a classic no-bake cheese pie from the 1970's that couldn't be easier to make.
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Ingredients

For the (Pink) Cheese Pie Filling:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons reconstituted lemon juice (from a bottle)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 drops neon pink food coloring

For the Pie Crust:

  • 1 pre-made graham cracker, pecan or your favorite crust 6 ounces, 9-inch size

For the Topping:

  • 1 can (22 ounces) Berry Medley Pie Filling and Topping (includes strawberries, raspberries and blueberries)

Instructions

For the Pie Topping:

  • Transfer the pie topping from the can into a small bowl that has a lid (or plastic wrap can be used to cover the bowl)*. 
    Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before adding it to the top of the pie.  
    *rather than adding all of the topping on top of the whole pie, an option is to serve it separately in a small bowl so that guests, friends or family have the option of either topping their piece of cheese pie or eating it plain.

For the Pre-Made Pie Crust:

  • There should be a label that is lightly glued to the plastic lid that's covering the pre-made crust.  Carefully peel the label off.  Wash and dry the plastic lid and set the lid aside (it will be turned upside down and used as a convenient lid to cover the cheese pie). 
  • Open up the foil edges around the pan that the crust is in.  Set aside (after the pie filling is added to the crust, the lid is put on top and the foil edges are pinched to secure the lid).

For the (Pink) Cheese Pie Filling:

  • To a large bowl, add softened cream cheese and beat with a mixer until light and fluffy.  Don't add in the condensed milk, lemon juice or vanilla extract yet.
  • To the bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk and beat until thoroughly blended. Don't add in the lemon juice or vanilla extract yet.
  • Using a spatula or large spoon, stir in the lemon juice, vanilla extract, and neon pink food coloring until combined. The pie filling should be a light pink color.
  • Fill the Pie Crust - Pour the cream cheese mixture into the pre-made crust.  Using a spatula, spread the pie filling evenly in the crust so that it's level.
  • Turn the plastic lid (that was originally on the pre-made pie crust) over, opposite of the way that it was originally on the crust pan, and set it over the cheese pie (the edges of the plastic lid should set within the opened edges of the foil crust pan). 
  • Close the foil edges over the plastic lid (so that the lid is secure and won't slide off of the pie pan). 
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours before serving. 
  • Once chilled and just before serving, cut each piece of the pie that will be served and set them on serving plates. 
  • For the Topping - Just before serving, top each piece of pie with the chilled Berry Medley topping.

RECIPE ADAPTED FROM “EASY CHERRY PIE” BY BORDEN INC. “THEY’LL LOVE IT!” RECIPE COOKBOOK BOOKLET, 1976.

    Notes

    TIPS:

    1. Making this pie in advance so it has plenty of time to chill (set) in the refrigerator should give the cheese pie filling a nice consistency.
    2. When adding the ingredients to the mixing bowl, make sure to follow the directions.  The cheese pie filling will not set properly if all of the ingredients are added to the mixing bowl at the same time.
    3. Use the plastic lid from the pre-made pie crust to cover the cheese pie after it's made.
    4. An option is to serve the pie topping on the side when serving the pie (rather than adding it to the top of the entire pie).  This gives guests, friends or family the option to top their piece of pie with the mixed berries or enjoy the pie without the topping.  
    5. Transfer the pie topping from the can to a pretty serving dish with a lid (or covered with plastic wrap) and chill at least 2 hours.  Then all you have to do when serving it on the side is remove the lid and add a spoon for your guests.
    6. Other varieties of pie filling can be used for toppings instead of, or in addition to the Berry Medley pie filling topping.  Fresh berries would make a nice topping too.