A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around. – Edgar Watson Howe
|Just like I remember. Mmmmmm...|
I doubt there’s many people in North America who didn’t enjoy this recipe in the 1960s or 1970s. It’s still a favourite today, although recipes do have a way of “mutating” over time. My mother still makes it occasionally from memory. It’s a bit of a search to come by the actual original recipe.
I would imagine that, from time to time, you crave it. I did the other night and went to the grocery to see if they had something even close. They sort of did, but I wasn’t willing to pay for it. First it was a cheesecake (baked), second it was only about 7 inches wide, third it was frozen, and fourth, they wanted over $8.
No way. I’ll make my own, better pie. Thank you very much.
|The author of the recipe. Photo: Roadsidepictures, Flickr ccl|
This recipe is direct from the horse’s (or in this case Cow’s) mouth. It is verbatim from a 1960s Borden’s magazine ad. It was printed to promote two of their products, namely cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk.
Part of the reason it became such a favourite is, besides the great taste, is that it’s a “no bake” cheese cake (or pie, in Borden wording). So it’s easier to make. All you need is a mixer, can opener and refrigerator.
Borden’s has been in existence for over 150 years. The company began when Gail Borden invented a “stable” milk product in 1856 to counter a lack of refrigeration. Borden’s is still in existence, selling sweetened condensed milk under the name “Eagle Brand.”
The recipe “makes a 9-inch pie or 7-8 servings.” My mother always makes it in a square pan, so that is what I will do. Old habits are hard to break… or is that bake? No, refrigerate!
1960s Cherry-O Cream Cheese Pie
Makes a 9-inch pie
|This is the filling. It has 1/3 cup of lemon concentrate (not juice)|
which I think is an ingredient that many people "forget" when
they make this recipe from memory.
1 (9-inch) crumb crust (see below) or
1 (9-inch) baked pastry shell
1 (8-oz.) package Borden’s Cream Cheese or Borden’s Neufchatel Cheese
1 1/3 cups (1 can) Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/3 cup lemon juice concentrate
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 can prepared cherry pie filling (or Cherry Glaze)
1. Let cheese stand at room temperature until soft; beat until fluffy.
2. Gradually stir in Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk.
3. Add lemon juice and vanilla extract; stir until blended.
4. Pour into prepared crust. Chill 2 to 3 hours before garnishing top of pie with Cherry Pie Filling or Cherry Glaze.
If you want to get “fancy”– the Cherry Glze:
2 tbsp sugar
1 cup pitted sour cherries
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup cherry juice
1. Blend sugar and cornstarch.
2. Cook till thickened and clear, stirring constantly.
3. Stir in a few drops of red food colouring if desired. Add cherries.
4. Cool. Garnish top of pie.
|It's easiest to make the crust in a food processor.|
Photo: little blue hen, Flickr ccl
9” Graham Cracker Crust
1 1/2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
Mix together all the ingredients and press into a 9x9 square pan or 9” pie plate. Refrigerate before filling to allow the crust to “firm up.”
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