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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Easy as pie!

   Tonight my daughter and I made a thick, creamy, lovely, cold, summer-will-soon-be-here Kool-aid pie. We are rather fond of these easy pies. I was first introduced to the rich taste of one at a church function. The sweet-toothed kitchen staff at a weekend church camp, it turned out, had found a simple dessert recipe to feed a crowd of hungry teens with little work and basic ingredients. No matter what the teen's taste buds might hanker for, offering an assortment of these tasty treats was a easy as 1-2-3 by using a variety of Kool-aid  flavors.

   On tonight's test menu was a Pina Pineapple Pie. I was hoping it would taste like a Sonic Pineapple Milkshake but it wasn't quite as good as I had hoped. Good, but not the BEST. We've learned that some Kool-aid flavors make D-E-L-I-S-H pies (orange, key lime, or strawberry, for example), some are mediocre (such as tonight's pie), while some are just sort of odd and sort of weird and sort of good all at once (grape pie, anyone?). Then there are some Kool-aid pies that ought not to be (wild berry---sounded great but was not a repeat on our dessert menu; same for cherry).

   To make your own yummy goodness in a pan, you'll only need 4 ingredients, about 5 minutes to prepare the pie, and then a dinner to eat while your pie chills for an hour or so.

  Here we go folks....Kool-aid Pie:

1 packet any flavor Kool-aid unsweetened drink mix
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 8 oz. tub Cool Whip topping, thawed
1 graham cracker pie shell

   In a medium bowl mix the first three ingredients well, so all the drink mix powder is well-blended (trust me, you DO NOT want to bite into a pocket of un-blended powder later on). Pour/push/scrape/ and scoop the now-thick filling into the pie shell. Refrigerate the pie for an hour. Go do a word search or walk the dogs or drink some coffee or hit Pinterest...I don't care. Just don't eat the pie yet. It's really good when it's chilled. You'll be glad you waited. :) Oh, you can lick the spoon....and the bowl. 

  Here's a cool idea: try a chocolate pie shell with a compatible Kool-aid flavor....like strawberry. Don't forget to top the pie with fresh fruit when possible. Mandarin oranges are a MUST on the orange pie. Bet you can come up with some nifty flavor sensations, too. Leave me a comment with your flavor combos.



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