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Cherry-O-Cream Cheese Pie
Another classic from the back of a can, this one is perfect as is.
Tart pie cherries give the perfect balance of tart and sweet.
I would substitute dried sour cherries if necessary but not
bother with sweet cherries, blueberries, or other not-tart-enough
fruits that just don't hold their own against the very rich filling.
Canned cherry pie filling is suggested as an alternative in the
original recipe, but these days they're so full of filler and so light
on cherries, mostly, that I would combine at least two cans of filling
and drain or strain off some of the excess glop before topping the pie.
8 ounces cream cheese
1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanill
Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy.
Add the sweetened condensed milk while beating, and stir in the
lemon and vanilla. Continue to beat until it is
completely smooth. Pour into the prepared shell and chill
2-3 hours before topping.
1 16-ounce can of tart pitted cherries, or 1 cup of dried tart cherries, soaked 30 minutes in water to cover
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup cherry juice/soaking water
Drain the cherries and reserve 1/2 cup of the liquid.
Mix sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan and stir in cherry
juice. When smoothly mixed, cook over medium heat, stirring
constantly and lowering the heat as it comes to a boil. Stir
until it is clear and smooth; it will thicken as it cools. Add
the drained cherries, and spread over the chilled pie. Chill
again briefly to set the topping, and then serve.
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