Author Notes: This luscious, creamy dessert has its roots in the ubiquitous cherry cream cheese pie that was a feature of every church pot luck dinner and every post-funeral lunch of my childhood. Lime juice brightens it up, raspberries give it zing, and a patriotic topping theme makes it suitable for the holiday! —Kayb
8-oz packages cream cheese, room temp
15-oz. cans condensed milk
cup fresh lime juice
cup heavy whipping cream
cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar, divided
cups vanilla wafer or graham cracker crumbs
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine cream cheese and lime juice, and beat until smooth and creamy.
- Add condensed milk in a slow stream while mixer is running. Continue to beat until well blended.
- Add 1 pint of the raspberries. Beat until they're blended in to the filling.
- Mix vanilla wafer crumbs and 1/3 cup sugar with your fingers in the bottom of an 8 x 12 baking dish.
- Melt butter and drizzle over crumbs. Mix with your fingers until combined, and press crumbs into an even layer in bottom of dish.
- Spread filling over the top of crumbs, and smooth out the top. Arrange blueberries to make the flag canton, and use raspberries to make the stripes.
- Beat whipping cream with 2 tbsp. sugar until stiff. Use a pastry bag or a zip-loc with a corner snipped off to pipe "stars" atop the blueberries, and fill in between the raspberry "stripes."
- Chill for at least four hours.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Raspberries