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It's official, I'm becoming addicted to surfing vintage recipe boards on Pinterest. I've long been fascinated by back-of-the box recipes and recipe advertorials. Some of my favorite "classics" that I've cover for this column from Classic Icebox Cake to Pig Pickin' Cake to Coffee Tapioca have been inspired by just those sorts of recipe: tasty treats that are quick and easy to make. My husband calls me a sucker for good marketing (I prefer to think of it as being a patron of good marketing), and when I saw a pin for "Banana Breeze: A Shortcut Cream Pie," I had to give it a try.
The ad promises this pie is "almost as easy as peeling a Dole banana." With Mad Men Season 6 in full swing, I can't help but imagine the 1970s ad man (or woman) coming up with that selling copy. As cheesy as it sounds, they do deliver on ease of preparation. The original recipe calls for an entire can of sweetened condensed milk to be whipped into 8 ounces of cream cheese. I don't know about you, but that seemed awfully sweet to me so I dialed that back just a bit. I'd never thought of making a pie with a cornflake crust, but I will now. The cornflakes mixed with brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter made for a truly magnificent crust: crunchy, buttery and sweet. With more than a little hint of lemon this pie is light, fresh and ideal picnic fare.
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About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered literary agent by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie, a Midtown Lunch contributor, and co-author of New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks. You can follow her on Twitter at @blondiebrownie.