This Pineapple Cream Cheese Pie is quick, simple and delicious! The pineapple and cream cheese combine to give this pie a light sweetness, perfect for those summer nights!
Do any of you have that friend that it seems you have known forever? I do, and in my case I literally have known her forever. Her name is Carole and we met and were friends in preschool. We went to the same elementary and middle schools, then parted ways for high school and college. And while we didn’t always see much of each other throughout the years, we have still maintained a close friendship after 20 years. (I can’t believe I can say I’ve known someone other than my relatives for 20 years!)
Carole and I have changed and grown up so much since those early days. I love searching through old photos to find some of us in our youngest years together. Thankfully, my mom keeps a ton of them so I was able to find these gems from our time in preschool.
I’m the one with the very stylish printed pants and Carole is the one rocking the Pooh outfit on my right. Such fashion icons in our day…
And of course, how could we forget this event?
It’s hard to imagine that those little kids would turn into friends that lasted a lifetime. This is a photo of our other friend Emily, Carole and I after all graduating from separate universities in the Spring of 2013.
It’s pretty cool to say we’ve been friends for nearly our entire lives and continue to hang out, grab a coffee or a drink, and enjoy our post-grad lives.
Carole is the inspiration for this post because this Pineapple Cream Cheese Pie comes from her family’s kitchen.
I first was introduced to the pie when I hosted a reunion for some of my friends from “back in the day” (ie elementary school). Carole brought this pie and I fell in love with it!
Initially I was skeptical. I was never really one for pineapple because I found the acidity and sweetness very overpowering. All it took though was one bite of this pie to change my mind on pineapple! The pie is just slightly sweet. The pineapple adds a nice fruitiness to the pie while the cream cheese adds a nice creaminess and delicacy to this dessert. It really is delightful, and is a go-to recipe in her household!
I’m so glad they are letting me share it with you today! It is a wonderful, light dessert perfect for warm months or any month of the year!
- 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 tbs cornstarch
- 3/4 of a 20oz can crushed pineapple, lightly drained
- 8oz plain whipped cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 unbaked pie crust
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400F. Grease a 9" baking dish and set aside.
- In a pot, mix 1/3 cup sugar, cornstarch and crushed pineapple. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until the juice from the pineapple turns thick and clear, about 5 minutes. Cool mixture.
- In a separate bowl, combine softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and salt. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in milk and vanilla.
- Place 1 unbaked pie crust in the prepared pan. Top crust with cooled pineapple mixture. Then, pour cream cheese mixture on top and sprinkle with pecans if desired.
- Bake pie at 400F for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 325F and bake an additional 30 minutes. Cool on the countertop, then store in the refrigerator. Best served chilled.
- When combining the cream cheese and sugar, I used an electric hand-mixer. This helps the mixture to become fully incorporated and as smooth as possible.
- The softer the package of cream cheese, the better and less lumpy your mixture will be. That being said, your pie will still be somewhat lumpy due to the fruit.
- If you have a shallow pie pan, use less crushed pineapple to prevent overflow.
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