My mom makes an INCREDIBLE Cherry Cream Pie for dessert that is lusciously delicious. When I was growing up I often asked for it as my birthday dessert instead of having cake. And, because it’s one of my favs, it’s a commonly found delicacy at the holiday dessert table in our home. So, in honor of George Washington’s Birthday and his love for cherries and my love for a little food family fun, I gave my favorite cherry dessert a little make over. I know, it’s not the kind of cherry pie that George Washington enjoyed, but it is the kind of cherry pie that leaves you fighting off the desire to eat a second helping. My dessert make over got a thumbs up from my entire crew and let me tell you I would have heard if it hadn’t!
P.S. I love the individual cups vs. an entire pie on the table, because it helps to eliminate the fight for the second helping craving; it’s a built in portion control.
14 oz. fat free sweetened condensed milk*
8 oz. light whipped topping*
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dark Cherries (frozen, pitted and fresh – no sugar added)*
Fillo dough, un-cooked*
Non-stick cooking spray
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a muffin pan with the non-stick cooking spray. Cut approximately 3 sheets of fillo dough so that you can gently lay a strip in a muffin tin and then cut several layers to fit criss-crossed on top so that in the end you fill the muffin tin. Repeat this process until you have filled all 12 cups. Baste the fillo dough with a very light layer of canola oil. Bake the cups for approximately 5 – 7 minutes. The follow will be lightly browned. Removed the pan and let the cups cool completely before removing them from the pan.
Fold the sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and extracts together until all of the ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Fold in the cream. Let the cream mixture set for at least an hour in the refrigerator.
Remove the fillo cups from the pan and place them on serving dishes. Fill each cup with a scoop of the cream mixture (I used an ice cream scoop). Top them with the cherries and a little bit of the juice and almonds.
Note: The cherries should be completely thawed before serving.
*Items traded from the original recipe; regular sweetened condensed milk, regular whipping cream, pie crust made with shortening, cherry pie filling.
**Items added from the original recipe.
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