For August’s ‘You Want Pies With That?‘ challenge, Branny decided we should create a pie that represents our personality. How fun is that?! As soon as I saw her choice, I immediately started thinking about how I could come up with an A.D.D. pie. However, with us getting ready to go on a trip, and things being so busy and with me being so, well….A.D.D., it just didn’t work out for me to devote the time I needed for my A.D.D. pie (bummer- that would’ve been perfect). So instead, I asked my hubby what he thought was the best way to describe my personality; “sunny and bright”, he said with a smile (isn’t he sweet?). Although I’m not sure about “sunny and bright”….more like, “sunny and bright with a likely chance of severe thunderstorms”; I went to work on a pie that fit the bill. Somehow I ended up with a Strawberry-Lemonade Pie, then I took it a step further and came up with a Strawberry-Lemonade Cheesecake Pie. Muuuuch better (and really, really delicious!)! So anyway, this is the pie that best fits my personality (according to my husband….who is apparently blinded by love…).

Sunny and Bright Strawberry-Lemonade Cheesecake Pie with Chambord Whipped Cream

For the pie:
1 graham cracker crust (your favorite recipe or store-bought)
1 8-oz. block of cream cheese, at room temperature
10-15 strawberries, hulled and sliced
juice of 2 large lemons
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
splash orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec or Grand Marnier

For the Chambord Whipped cream:
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon Chambord (Raspberry liqueur)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the cream cheese, sugar and sour cream and beat at medium speed for 2 minutes, until the cream cheese is smooth. Add in the lemon juice, vanilla extract and orange liqueur. Mix just until combined. Transfer to another bowl and use the mixer bowl to whip the cream. Beat the 1/2 cup heavy cream at medium speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cheesecake mixture. Refrigerate until needed.

To make the Chambord Whipped Cream Topping:
Beat the 1 cup of heavy cream, 1/3 cup sugar, Chambord and vanilla extract on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate until needed.

To assemble:
In the prepared graham cracker crust, place half of the sliced strawberries in a single layer. Top with the cheesecake mixture; add another layer of sliced strawberries, then top with the Chambord whipped cream. Garnish with additional strawberries. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. The pie is best served on the day its made.

*The liqueur is optional- it just adds a little extra flavor, but you can certainly leave it out if you want!

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  1. That looks like such a lovely dessert. I would have chosen very similar flavours to describe myself, plus I love strawberry and lemon together. I must try this!

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    Comment by Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot — August 11, 2010 @ 10:59 AM

  2. Oh, this looks so good!!! I just stumbled it. :)

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    Comment by bridget {bake at 350} — August 11, 2010 @ 11:00 AM

  3. Thank you Bridget and Lindsey!! :)

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    Comment by amy — August 11, 2010 @ 11:01 AM

  4. Yum :) I just want to bake with you all day.

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    Comment by Anne @ the doctor takes a wife — August 11, 2010 @ 11:42 AM

  5. Anytime, girlfriend!! :)

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    Comment by amy — August 11, 2010 @ 11:59 AM

  6. This sounds wonderful. I will be going to buy some Chambord tonight!!!!

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    Comment by KellBell — August 11, 2010 @ 1:10 PM

  7. I was checking your blog before I left for the grocery & I am so glad I did! I am adding this recipe to the list.
    Thank you!
    Nicole

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    Comment by Nicole — August 11, 2010 @ 2:17 PM

  8. Oh good, Nicole!! I SO hope you enjoy it! :)

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    Comment by amy — August 11, 2010 @ 2:20 PM

  9. This could not look more perfect Amy. Anyway you can get me a huge slice of this in time for dinner tonight?

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    Comment by Eliana — August 11, 2010 @ 4:52 PM

  10. You got it, friend! ;)

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    Comment by amy — August 11, 2010 @ 4:58 PM

  11. I’m laughing out loud!! The pie looks like a perfect hot summertime dessert.

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    Comment by Mother — August 11, 2010 @ 6:05 PM

  12. What a fun pie theme! Your sunny and bright pie looks delicious. Strawberry and lemon together are so yum!

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    Comment by Betty @ scrambled hen fruit — August 11, 2010 @ 9:15 PM

  13. This recipe looks really simple to make and refreshing for a hot summer day. Yummy! I can’t wait to try it.

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    Comment by katie — August 12, 2010 @ 7:37 AM

  14. I have a Lemon Cheesecake Pie chilling in my fridge right now. You’ve inspired me to serve it with a side of delicious strawberries that are also lurking in my fridge. Next time I’ll try yours. Love sunny and bright!

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    Comment by Heidi's Recipes — August 12, 2010 @ 1:44 PM

  15. Thanks Heidi!

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    Comment by amy — August 12, 2010 @ 1:56 PM

  16. Yum, this pie looks amazing! I love the sound of chambord whipped cream!! :)

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    Comment by sara — August 14, 2010 @ 12:54 PM

  17. Your personality looks really tasty! And what a funny post :)

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    Comment by Suz — August 14, 2010 @ 5:39 PM

  18. I absolutely have to make this before summers end! It’s beautiful too.

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    Comment by delishliving — August 16, 2010 @ 9:52 AM

  19. Whenever I’m looking for a pie recipe, I always want one with a graham cracker crust. And this recipe has one! Yummmmm.

    Who needs a lemonade stand when you could have strawberry lemonade cheesecake pie?! :)

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    Comment by Marie — August 16, 2010 @ 11:43 AM

  20. You think just like me, Marie! :)

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    Comment by amy — August 16, 2010 @ 12:07 PM

  21. I made this for our Good Friday BBQ. I was worried because it seemed really runny, so I put it in the freezer for a few hours and it was good! I think I used too much lemon juice (2/3 cup is what I got from 2 lemons). I left out the whipped cream on top. It was lovely. :) Happy Easter!

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    amy Reply:

    So glad you enjoyed it! Happy Easter!

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    Comment by Hamannde — April 24, 2011 @ 11:22 AM

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