If lemon meringue pie is one of your favorites and cheesecake is another, it can be hard to decide which one to serve for your special get-together. Well, with this recipe, you don’t have to make that choice; you can have both in one slice.
This super-easy recipe can be made in no time but will taste like you’ve spent all day preparing it. To save time, you may want to start with a refrigerated pie crust, but even if you make your own crust, it’s doesn’t take long to prepare.
The most time-consuming part of the recipe is letting it chill in the refrigerator for one and a half hours. So if you want to serve this pie at a certain time, just allow for that chilling time.
It’s worth the planning, though, because this delightfully light, cheesy- and lemon-flavored dessert will soon become a family-favorite!
DELIGHTFUL LEMON CHEESECAKE PIE
1 refrigerated pie crust (or a homemade one)
1 cup sugar, divided
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup cold water
2 egg yolks
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 8-ounce tub of whipped topping or whipped cream
Place one pie crust in a 9-inch pie pan.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. In medium saucepan, combine 2/3 cup sugar and cornstarch; mix well. Gradually add cold water, stirring constantly until blended.
In a small bowl, beat the 2 egg yolks slightly; stir into sugar mixture in saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice, butter and lemon peel; blend well.
In another small bowl, combine remaining 1/3 cup sugar and cream cheese; beat until smooth. Add whole egg; blend well. Spread cream cheese mixture in prepared crust. Spoon lemon mixture over cream cheese mixture; spread carefully to cover.
Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. (Center will not be set.) Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate 1 1/2 hours or until completely chilled. Serve topped with whipped cream or whipped topping. Makes 8 servings.
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