Now that spring is here, many of us like desserts that go together fast. This seems to be more true as we get into summer. Anytime when the weather turns warm, we like to get outside and do more. This is one time when many do most of their entertaining than any other time of the year. Regardless of what we do in these warmer months, having a good and easy dessert to have for family and/or friends is always a necessity!
Back in the 1970's, there was a pie recipe making the rounds among bakers called "Million Dollar Pie", which is the recipe I'm sharing. This recipe was popular (and still is) due to its simple preparation, not to mention good to eat! One of the first times I had this pie was when my mother made this for a bridge party. I found it to be a real treat, flavored with nuts, coconut and crushed pineapple. This can be made well in advance, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy being outdoors!
This recipe begins with sweetened condensed milk, or "Eagle Brand Milk" as one brand of this milk is sold under. This isn't the same as evaporated milk. Sweetened condensed milk is milk cooked with sugar to a thick consistency, so regular evaporated milk won't work in this recipe. The milk is combined with lemon juice, which causes the milk to thicken quickly. The crushed pineapple, pecans, coconut and a carton of thawed whipped topping are folded into the milk and it's ready for two graham cracker pie shells. Slide these into the refrigerator and chill for several hours. If desired, the coconut can be omitted out of the pie filling and used to go on top of the pies, if desired. The tops of the pies can also be decorated with maraschino cherries to give more color.
Another good pie I shared a recipe for sometime ago is for "Lemon Chess Pie". The recipe I gave makes three pies, so for entertaining, this would come in handy! This same article includes a recipe for "Buttermilk Pie", which also makes three pies. To get these recipe, follow this link:
For a fast and easy dessert that tastes like a million, follow this recipe:
MILLION DOLLAR PIE
- 1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained
- 1 large carton whipped topping, thawed
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1-1/3 cups flaked coconut
- 2 graham cracker pie shells
Combine the milk, lemon juice, pineapple, chopped pecans and coconut. Fold in the whipped topping. Divide between the two pie shells and chill for about 4-6 hours. May be decorated with maraschino cherries. Yield: 2 pies, each serving 6.
Variation: omit the coconut from the filling and top each of the pies with it.