Friday, May 28, 2010

Just in Time for Summer: Fabulous Fruit Pies

Thank you all for the well wishes will my new job—I am still on cloud 9. I made a trip to the library to get  a few books to do some culinary cramming. I know a lot, but there is SO much to learn in the culinary field, I’ve just scratched the surface. So in other words, I’ve gone from college textbooks to culinary books—I am definitely not complaining!


Also, I’ve been in the process of covering my pantry door with a variety of food magazine covers—I’m liking it!



So, lately, a lot of blogger’s have been focusing on summer produce from the grocery stores or farmer’s market, so it’s about time I jump on the bandwagon! And what better way than with some sweets right? And even better when they are a little on the lighter side of course!


Cherry Ricotta Cheesecake

Serves: 6


  • Fiber One piecrust (recipe here), or one store-bought graham crust
  • 4 oz fat-free cream cheese
  • 1 c ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 c + 2 Tbsp sugar, or Splenda
  • 1/2 c eggbeaters, or egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • For serving—cherry pie filling (recipe below), and Cool Whip, if desired

Homemade cherry pie filling:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups fresh tart cherries, pitted
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 drops red food coloring, optional
    1. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add the cherries, water and lemon juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in food coloring if desired. Yield: 4 cups.


    • Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly spray pie pan with nonstick cooking spray.
    • Prepare Fiber One or store-bought piecrust.
    • Add medium speed, beat cream cheese until fluffy, 1-2 min. Add ricotta and sugar, beat until smooth and creamy, 3 minutes. Beat in egg whites, flour, vanilla, and almond extract.
    • Pour batter into pan; bake 1 hour 15 minutes, until center slightly jiggles. Turn oven off; let cheesecake cool in over for 1 hour.
    • Chill at least 4 hours.
    • If desired, spread about 3 Tbsp cherry pie filling onto individual slices and top with a dollop of Cool Whip.



    Creamy Strawberry Rhubarb Pie 

    Serves: 6


    • Fiber One piecrust (recipe here) OR store-bought graham piecrust 
    • 2 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb
    • 1/4 cup sugar, I used Splenda
    • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

    • 1 packages (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened—I used fat-free
    • 1/4 cup sugar, or Splenda
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 c + 2 Tbsp egg beaters or egg whites
    • 3/4 c fat-free or regular sour cream
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, or Splenda 
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2 tsp strawberry Jell-O powder


  • Prepare Fiber One crust.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Combine rhubarb, sugar and flour; spoon over the crust. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add egg whites, beat on low speed just until combined.
    • Pour over hot rhubarb layer. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
    • Meanwhile, combine the sour cream, Jell-O powder, sugar and vanilla; spread over hot cheesecake. Cool on wire rack for 1 hour.
  • Refrigerate overnight. Refrigerate leftovers.


    Jenny said...

    I have never had rhubarb in my life, but my dad swears by rhubarb pie! He would just adore this recipe.

    Krista said...

    I'm drooling over here! Great pies!!! And I like the mag covers on the door. Very inspirational...

    Kait said...

    A wonderful celebration of seasonal produce. :)

    Shannon, Tropical Eats said...

    WOWWWWWW seriously im bookmarking these. Those look like the perfect light summertime dessert! Great recipe girly. PS Major congrats on your new job!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so proud of you and know you're gonna be their #1 worker-bee they love. :)

    Erica said...

    Love both cook books and culinary books in general- so much fun. The ricotta cheesecake sounds incredible! I've seen a few ricotta cheese cakes floating around- I need to try this. Hope you enjoy the long weekend

    Kim said...

    Congratulations on the summer job! That is going to be such good fun for you. I hope you'll share with us all the fun you're having;)

    Both of the summer desserts look creamy and delicious. I can't decide which one I like better?