Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert

I've never really been a pumpkin pie fan.  Actually, I've never been a pie fan, at least not pies with a regular pie crust.  Now graham cracker crust, on the other hand, is a different story.   My Mom made this pie one year and I ended up loving it.  It is the only pumpkin pie I will eat.   It is easy and full of creamy goodness.   A definite crowd pleaser.  

Creamy Two-Layer Pumpkin Pie
(a Kraft Foods recipe)

Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 4 hr 20 min
Makes: 8-10 servings

4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) Neufchatel Cheese, softened
1 Tbsp. cold fat-free milk
1 Tbsp. sugar
1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping
1 ready-to-use reduced-fat graham cracker crumb crust (6 oz.)
1 cup cold fat-free milk
1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin
2 pkg. (4-serving size each) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Pudding
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground ginger

BEAT Neufchatel cheese, 1 Tbsp. milk and sugar in large bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Stir in whipped topping. Spread onto bottom of crust.

POUR 1 cup milk into medium bowl. Add pumpkin, pudding mix and spices. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes or until well blended. (Mixture will be thick.) Spread over Neufchatel cheese layer.

REFRIGERATE 4 hours or until set. Garnish with additional whipped topping and/or caramel, if desired. Store leftover pie in refrigerator.

TIP - How To Soften Neufchatel Cheese
measured amount of Neufchatel cheese on microwavable plate. Microwave on HIGH 10 seconds or until slightly softened.

My notes:
I use Neufchatel Cheese because it is lower in fat than regular cream cheese, you can use either one. I also use Cool Whip Lite and 1% milk.  After a big Thanksgiving it feels good to have some lighter ingredients in the pie and the flavor doesn't suffer one bit.

To double the recipe, I make my own graham cracker crust and put it in a big rectangular pan and then double the recipe above.

I will be whipping this up on Wednesday night.  I can't wait! 

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert?   Talk to me...........

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