A lemon supreme dessert bar mix is the base for this pie 's yummy almond crust and lemon-cream cheese filling. The pie is chilled, sprinkled with almonds and served to raves.
INGREDIENTS (for 1 servings):
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 (16.5 ounce) package lemon bar mix
- 1/4 cup finely chopped blanched almonds
- 1 1/2 cups cold water
- 1 (.25 ounce) package unflavored gelatin
- 2 egg yolks, beaten
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 3 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
To Make Crust: In a 10 inch skillet over medium heat, melt butter or margarine. Stir in dessert bar crust mix and almonds. Cook 4 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to brown and crumble.
Reserve 2 tablespoons of crust mixture for topping. Use the back of a fork to press remaining crust mixture into an ungreased 9 inch deep dish pie plate. Cool completely.
To Make Filling: Pour cold water into a 2 quart non-aluminum saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over water and allow to soften 5 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir dessert bar filling mix into gelatin, mixing until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
Place egg yolks in a medium bowl. Whisk 1/4 cup of hot lemon mixture into egg yolks. Whisk egg yolk mixture back into rest of lemon filling. Return mixture to heat. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat. Cover and refrigerate.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and 1/4 cup of lemon filling (may be slightly warm), beating until smooth. Gradually beat in remaining filling mixture until smooth. Mix in food coloring if desired.
Pour filling into crust. Cover and chill at least 4 hours before serving. Sprinkle reserved almond mixture over top just before serving.