Thursday, July 19, 2007
No bake Lemon Cheesecake goes Light
The beauty of mingling with other moms at the park while my kids play alongside their peers is that I get to talk about my kids (a constant favorite topic with all moms) and other mom stuff. But my conversations often leads to food too. Why? Because I simply cannot help myself!
So the three of us were chatting while constantly keeping an eye on our kids, and our conversations lead to light desserts for these dog days of summer. Then I brought up no-bake desserts, which lead to no-bake cheesecakes, which lead to this recipe. One of the moms had mentioned this recipe from her church friend, and shared the ingredients. I quickly took note of her recipe in my head, and made this out of memory which is a very scary task since I am known to have mommy-brain!
This is what I learned. Use your favorite graham cracker crust. Dissolve lemon jello in a cup of hot water. Use 8 oz. cream cheese with a can of frozen evaporated milk and 1/2 cup sugar. Okay. That's all I can remember from the conversation. Now I'll have to come up with the rest of the ingredients (yiks!) This is the result. Thanks Rita!
8 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 c sugar
1 can evaporated milk (not the small can!)
1/2 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 oz. package lemon jello
Open the can of evaporated milk and pour into a large metal bowl. Put in freezer and wait til ice crystals appear around edges. Dissolve jello with 1 c boiling water. Cool the jello mixture. Add jello to cream cheese mixture and mix wello. Mix 1/2 c sugar with cream cheese. Remove bowl from freezer and whip the frozen evaporated milk with the other 1/2 c sugar and vanilla. Add jello and cream cheese mixture into the whipped evaporated milk. Pour into crust and chill at least 8 hours.
Note: Used 1/3 less fat Philly cream cheese and the result was very nice. Might use a little less sugar next time and tweak on the other flavored jellos too. A nice light and easy dessert for the family on a weeknight in the summer. The best part is that I didn't have to turn on the oven. YIPPEE!