This is the pie I want in heaven, a delightful concoction as bright in color as it is in taste. The surging burst of citrus combines with a tender, flaky crust and smooth filling—a true epiphany!
FOR THE CRUST: One 9-inch baked pastry pie crust
INGREDIENTS: 2 cups water / 1 cup sugar / 2 tablespoons cornstarch / 1 teaspoon orange-flavored drink mix / 3 oranges, peeled and chopped
TO PREPARE ORANGE FILLING: Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. In a bowl, mix together sugar, cornstarch, and drink mix. Add 1/2 cup of water into the sugar mixture and stir. Pour into boiling water, reduce to medium heat, stirring as it cooks. Remove from heat when it begins to thicken a bit. Cool. Stir in orange pieces.
CREAM CHEESE MIXTURE: 4 ounces cream cheese, softened / 2 cups confectioners’ sugar / 8 ounces whipped cream / 8 ounces whipped cream (optional)
TO PREPARE CREAM CHEESE MIXTURE: In a bowl, stir together cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until creamy. Add half of the whipped cream to the mixture. Spoon into baked pie crust. Top with orange filling. Refrigerate overnight.
FOR THE GARNISH - Decorate the top of the pie with the reserved whipped cream, if desired.