Celebrate summer with these luscious lemonade pies. This is a type of pie, not just a recipe. It started out as a pink lemonade pie, made with pink lemonade fruit juice concentrate from your grocer’s shelf. But it soon evolved into pies made with any fruit juice concentrate. Since there is an amazing array of fruit drink concentrates, you can make an amazing array of desserts.
Lemonade Pies: The Best Dessert of the Summer
- They’re luscious. We serve these in the store often. They’re always a hit. The contrast of sweet and tart from the concentrate is delightful.
- They’re cool and refreshing. They’re frozen, almost like an ice cream pie. Juices, especially citrus, are always refreshing in the summer.
- They’re easy. If you use graham cracker crumbs so you don’t have to stop and crush graham crackers, they’re quick to put together. Make the crust, mix the filling, and pour it into the crust. Whip the cream and top it. Put it in the freezer.
- You can always have a couple on hand. You can make them ahead and store them in the freezer. That means that you can be a hero in a moment’s notice. Make a half dozen, maybe several flavors, and be stocked for much of the summer.
- They’re impressive. They’re pretty and present well. People always love them.
What You'll Need for Your Lemonade Pies
A Springform Pan
These pies are made in a springform pan. You can use any springform pan. We recommend a silicone springform pan with a glass base. The ring peels off the dessert like a candy wrapper for a perfect presentation. Slide the dessert onto a serving platter then cut and serve right on the glass base. See the video:
The remarkable advantage of these silicone springform pans is the double seal, silicone to glass. It’s virtually leak proof. You can bake brownies and desserts without a leaky mess in the bottom of the oven.
- Dreamsicle Pie: Orange-Mango makes a great dessert. Add a little vanilla and you’ll have a pie that tastes just like a creamsicle ice cream pop.
- Leprechaun Pie: Make your lemonade pie with limeade and cream cheese to get a delicious pie that’s reminiscent of key lime pie.
- Pineapple Lemonade Pie: Add some pineapple juice and use regular lemonade to make this luscious pie.
More Lemonade Pie Ideas
This recipe is made in three parts: a graham cracker crust, a lemonade (or other juice concentrate) and cream cheese filling, and a whipped cream topping.
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter
- Mix the crumbs, sugar, and butter in a nine-inch pie pan or springform pan. Mix until the crumbs have absorbed the butter and the mixture is uniform.
- Press the crumbs across the bottom of the pan and up the sides. We’ve found using a drinking glass to press the crumbs up the sides works well.
- Bake for eight to ten minutes at 350 degrees. (If it’s a hot July day, you can choose not to bake the crust. A baked crust holds together better because the heat melts the sugar to help hold the crumbs together.)
(Updated from July 6, 2015)