What’s better on a hot summer day than fresh-squeezed lemonade? Cool, tart, and refreshing, it’s perfect for sipping out on the porch or bring along to a picnic in the park or at the beach. But one doesn’t always have enough lemons on hand to make fresh lemonade, and if you’re bringing it on a picnic it can be pretty heavy to lug around enough for everyone. Enter homemade lemonade concentrate! It’s lightweight, simple to make, and convenient for all!
I am indebted to my dad for this recipe, as he’s always been one for making simple desserts that nevertheless end up tasting fantastic. (I still remember him blending up instant chocolate jello pudding with a peppermint Altoid and pouring it into a chocolate crumb crust– easiest chocolate pie ever!) Anyway, he made me try this recipe the last time I visited home and I’ve been making it ever since.
The filling, which you can pour into a graham cracker crust to make a pie, into dishes to make pudding, or into mini muffin tins to make tartlets, is amazingly simple– you just blend together your basic ingredients and you’re set! I admit to making things a bit more complicated with a homemade graham cracker base, but the basic recipe is fantastic just as it is– creamy, tangy, perfect for summer. Plus, unlike other key lime recipes I’ve seen, it’s got (secret ingredient!) low-fat cottage cheese in it rather than cream cheese, sour cream, or egg yolks, making it a healthy (okay, slightly healthier) alternative to the standard dessert!