Lemons. Ah, how I love lemons. I love the smell of them, the taste of them and I love incorporating them into sweet and savory recipes. I have great memories of my love for lemons throughout my life — one of my fondest memories is actually from one of my birthdays, I think I was around 12 and I wanted everything lemon. It was perfect…I had lemon drops, lemon ice cream, lemonade and best of all lemon cake! It was defiantly a birthday to remember. And now with the hot summer days upon us lemon is one of my favorite ingredients to use — so tangy and refreshing!
So much to my delight, several years ago while watching the Food Network I stumbled across The Neelys making a frozen lemonade pie. Just the mention of lemon and dessert caught my attention. As I stared at the TV I quickly jotted down the recipe and was amazed how easy it was to make and how delicious it looked! This was something that I could not resist making. I had to try it out. I immediately went to the store and bought all the ingredients, however I substituted their graham cracker crust recipe with a ready-made one, just so I could save a bit more time, get it in the freezer and try it the next day!
Let me tell you, this silky smooth and tangy no-bake pie has been one of my go-to recipes ever since I first made it, especially in the summer when my family is craving something cool and refreshing at the end of a long hot day! And around here there are many HOT days where we need cold and tasty treats to enjoy!
Frozen Lemonade Pie
(adapted from The Neelys)
1 ready-made graham cracker pie crust (I used the large size) with lid
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk (chilled for 5 minutes in the freezer)
1 (8 oz) container whipped topping (thawed)
1 (12 oz) can frozen lemonade concentrate (50% thawed)
In a large bowl, add the chilled sweetened condensed milk and whipped topping and gently fold until combined – do not over mix. Add the lemonade, about 1/3 of the can at a time, gently folding until you have added the complete can. Again, do not over mix; you want to have a smooth texture without being too runny. Pour the filling into the pie crust, cover and put in the freezer overnight. To serve, remove pie from the freezer and let sit for about 5 minutes before cutting.
This tart treat is super yummy served with your favorite sweet fresh fruit. So open wide to savor each delectable bite as it slowly melts in your mouth! And don’t be surprised to find yourself rushing back for seconds of this heavenly dessert!