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Italian Cream Pie with Strawberry Sauce

Italian Cream Pie with Strawberry SauceThis deliciously light cheesecake can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. The most difficult part is waiting for it to chill! This recipe was the winner of the Splenda® Pure Magic Award at the 42nd Pillsbury® Bake-Off®.

Recipe Ingredients:

Crust:
1/2 (15-ounce) box Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box

Filling:
1 cup fat-free milk - divided use
1 (1 ounce) package unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup Splenda® Sugar Blend
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
2 (6 ounce) containers Yoplait® Light Fat Free very vanilla yogurt

Strawberry Sauce:
1/4 cup Splenda® Sugar Blend
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 (10-ounce) package Cascadian Farm® frozen organic strawberries, thawed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
  2. Fit crust into an 8 or 9-inch springform pan, pressing crust up side of pan to top edge. (Do not overwork or allow crust to get too warm.) Prick bottom and side of crust with fork.
  3. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire rack.
  4. To Make Filling: pour 1/2 cup of milk into a medium saucepan; sprinkle gelatin over milk and let stand 1 minute. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup milk and Splenda® Sugar Blend. Cook over low heat, stirring until gelatin dissolves.
  5. Pour milk mixture into blender; add ricotta and vanilla and process until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in whipped topping and yogurt.
  6. Remove crust from pan; place on a serving plate. Cut a piece of waxed paper long enough to fit around crust with a 1-inch overlap; fold paper lengthwise into thirds. Wrap paper around outside edge of crust, allowing it to extend about 3 inches above top to form a collar; secure with string. Pour filling into crust. Refrigerate until set, about 4 hours. Serve with Strawberry Sauce.
  7. To Make Strawberry Sauce: combine Splenda® Sugar Blend and cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Add strawberries and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Cook 1 additional minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice. Cover and chill.

Makes 12 servings.

Pillsbury® is a registered trademark of General Mills.
Yoplait is a registered trademark of Yoplait Marques (France) used under license.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/12 of recipe; 1 slice, 3 tablespoons strawberry sauce): Calories 200 | Calories from Fat 60 | Fat 6g (sat 3.0g) | Cholesterol 10mg | Sodium 130mg | Carbohydrates 27g | Fiber 1g | Sugars 14g | Protein 7g.

Recipe courtesy of Splenda, Inc. Splenda® is a no-calorie sweetener made from sugar that is suitable for diabetics. For more information regarding this product, please call 1-800-777-5363 or visit their website at www.splenda.com. Photograph courtesy of Pillsbury®.