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The Easiest No-Bake Fruit Pie

Updated on February 25, 2014
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Desserts and sweets are my weakness. The incredible variety on offer is almost overwhelming and if I had one crazy wish that I could make come true, I'd probably choose to sleep on a bed full of cookies, cakes and pies.

So it's only natural that I like to bake desserts such as cakes and cookies. However when it came to pies, it was a different story. It always seemed so much more complicated with all the steps involved - from baking the crust, making the filling and then filling in the pie, to sometimes baking it one more time before I get to actually eat it. The few times I've made pies, I relied on store-bought pie crusts, which can sometimes be mediocre in both taste and texture.

With the help of the internet, I found a few pie recipes that didn't require an oven or a pack of instant pudding mix. With nothing standing in my way of making a pie, I rushed to the supermarket to buy the necessary ingredients.

I made do with what I had in the kitchen. I washed my strawberries and grapes and set them aside (strawberry season in Japan is between December and February ). The crust was unbelievably easy to make and required almost no special skills other than crushing a box of crackers in a ziploc bag. The filling was even easier to make. Everything about the pie was easy and it tasted absolutely amazing.

This recipe is so fail-proof that I have no additional tips to add, except to use the sweetest fruits you can find. You can use a single fruit or a combination of your favorites. I like using fruits that are in season as they usually taste the best.

These no-bake pies are perfect for those without an oven. It's also a great recipe for summer when slaving over a hot oven is usually the last thing anyone wants to do.

*Photo taken by myself

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour 10 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
  • Yields: 8

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 2 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers or plain biscuits
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • Fillling:
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup strawberries cut into halves
  • 3/4 cup grapes seeded and cut into halves
  • 1/4 cup strawberry preserves

Instructions

  1. To make the crust, put crackers or cookies into a ziploc bag and crush until the texture is fine.
  2. Put the crushed mixture into a bowl. Mix in the melted butter and combine with hands until moist.
  3. Press the mixture onto a pie pan to make a crust.
  4. Put the crust into the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  5. To make the filling, whip the cream until stiff peaks form.
  6. In a separate bowl, cream the softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  7. Carefully fold in the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until combined.
  8. In a small bowl, heat the strawberry preserves in a microwave for 30 seconds.
  9. In a large bowl, mix the strawberries, grapes and strawberry preserves together to combine.
  10. Take the pie crust out of the refrigerator.
  11. Carefully add in the cream cheese mixture into the crust.
  12. Next, layer the fruit mixture on top.
  13. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
A Year of Pies: A Seasonal Tour of Home Baked Pies
A Year of Pies: A Seasonal Tour of Home Baked Pies

This book shows you how versatile pies can be with recipes such as .

Chocolate and Orange Marmalade, Strawberry and Rhubarb Ginger and Rosemary Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie. A basic section contains six pie crust recipes as well as advice on selecting the best seasonal ingredients.

 

Are you a pie lover? What kind of pies are your favorites? Please feel free to leave your comments. Thanks!

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have had a no bake pie like this. So good. Thanks for the recipe.

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      BarbaraCasey 3 years ago

      No bake in Florida in the summertime is perfect! Great recipe, thanks.

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      earthybirthymum 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      No bake is awesome! This looks delicious.

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      Marianne Gardner 3 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      Your pie looks yummy and so appealing. The crust turned out well. I love strawberry no-bake pie, I have a lens on it, too, made differently. I like your idea adding grapes.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      Desserts are my weakness as well. Fortunately they can be healthy when you add in fruit so I don't feel too guilty. Yummy but this recipe looks delicious.

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      Oh wow, I'm definitely voting for this one - I love fruit pie and this is very similar to one I make with mango.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      You have done it again another fabulous dessert, as you said "desserts and sweets are your weakness" also mine. Wish I could have a taste now, you deserve a cooks hat on your head with all your recipes. Cheers, keep up the great recipes I enjoy looking at your photos.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Yummy, this really sounds great and I love your background!

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      Justin 3 years ago from Slovenija

      Have you tried different sorts of biscuits? I wonder how the sweetness of different kinds of biscuits influence the 'crust' and how this combines with sourness of the fruit. Otherwise - great idea. Living is learning and vice versa.

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Love it! Your lens has been featured on our "What's Cooking at Squidoo" Google+ page. Come and check it out!

      https://plus.google.com/106731555139009429707/post...

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      nanswee-tan-9 3 years ago

      Good idea on no-bake pie, I can actually use this method to teach the little ones in the kindergarten. I love pineapple pies as it has a special fragrant compare to apple pie.

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      I'm sold, this is something that I can and I will do, I deserve it!

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      The idea of a no-bake pie sounds amazing. I know a lot of people in the city don't own ovens, this is a brilliant idea!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      YUM! Looks delicious!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Yum. Cream cheese is good in anything, isn't it? I'll be trying this.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      this sounds fabulous - pinned to my recipe board of food I hope to cook one day!