By Diane Ako
My daughter made us a pie, mostly by herself. It was a recipe my mother used to assemble for us, and I loved it.
I haven't had this exact recipe since she stopped baking due to Alzheimer's, and her final baking phase was about cakes, so she hadn't made the blueberry dessert for years and years.
Some bakeries sell it with cake on the bottom but I prefer it this way. Comfort dessert, I guess. It's what I grew up with.
It's very easy, and it doesn't require baking. It's a kid's recipe, if you think about it.
It's basically cream cheese with sugar and whipped cream, plus a touch of vanilla, topped with blueberry filling, set on top a crumbly pie shell. What's not to like?
It took Olivia about 15 minutes to put it together. It's so delicious!
She took great pride in watching us devour her pie, and has now declared this "her" recipe. I'm encouraging her to make this for us again.
Here's the recipe if you want to give it a whirl:
Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie
1 eight oz. package cream cheese
1 bottle whipped cream
3/4 c. powdered sugar, unsifted
1 t. vanilla
1 can blueberry pie filling
1 nine inch pie shell (I like the graham cracker ones)
Put cream cheese and sugar in a mixer and blend. Add vanilla. When it's mixed, fold the whipped cream in. Pour half into the baked pie crust. Add half the blueberry filling. Repeat to create a second layer of cheese then fruit filling. Refrigerate it to set it.