This No Bake Orange Creamsicle Pie comes together quick and is flavored with orange and vanilla and tastes so much better than that creamsicle popsicle of your childhood!
Creamsicle Pie Recipe
Bring on the no bake pies for summer! This Orange Creamsicle Pie is so refreshing on a hot summer day, and can be made without turning on the oven at all! It has that light orange and vanilla flavor that reminds you of that summertime creamsicle popsicle. This pie comes together quickly by combining whipped cream and cream cheese along with some orange zest, orange marmalade and optionally some orange extract.
You can make this pie in a graham cracker crust, or if you weren't trying to avoid baking in the summer heat at all costs you could make this in a sweet pie crust. I've tried both ways, and they are both delicious.
Methods to Make a No Bake Pie
There are a few different ways to make a no bake cheesecake style pie, like this Creamsicle Pie. But for me, there is one clear winner with both flavor and texture.
- One is to use gelatin to help set up the cream cheese and whipped cream filling. This results in a light and airy texture that is a bit more set but a little less creamy. This is a very stable pie and can be at room temperature for a greater period of time due to the gelatin.
- The second is to make a chiffon pie which relies on gelatin, egg whites and whipped cream to stabilize. This is similar in texture and taste to the gelatin set pie. Chiffon pies almost taste like clouds!
- The third is to use cream that has been whipped to stiff peaks to act as the stabilizer, and fold that into a flavored cream cheese mixture. It is so creamy and tangy, but a little less stable than the previous two.
This Creamsicle Pie uses the third method. While this method is the least stable out of the three, it has the best flavor and texture. To make up for the stability factor, freeze the pie for 30 - 60 minutes before serving. It will result in a perfect texture with all the creaminess that makes this method the best.
What pie crust works best with this creamsicle pie?
There are two options you can use to pair with this creamsicle pie. Be sure to check out those recipes for more information about each crust!
- Graham Cracker Crumb Crust: This crumb crust is the version to make if you really want to make this a no bake pie! Simply grind up the crackers, mix with melted butter and a bit of sugar and freeze the crust for 30 minutes before filling.
- Sweet Pie Dough: This sweet crust holds up nicely in both the refrigerator and freezer and pairs really well with this pie in terms of flavor. It's a very sturdier pastry with a great flavor.
How to Decorate and Garnish
As this is such a simple pie, a simple garnish will suffice! You can top with some orange slices and whipped cream for a pretty presentation. Similarly you can zest an orange over the top and use an offset spatula to create a swirl effect. Or lastly you could drop some dollops of warmed marmalade on the pie and swirl them around the top to create a marble effect.
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This No Bake Orange Creamsicle Pie comes together quick and is flavored with orange and vanilla and tastes so much better than that creamsicle popsicle of your childhood! This pie works in either a graham crack crust or a sweet pie crust, but if I had to choose I'd pick the sweet pie crust. Use the graham crack crust if you're looking for an easy choice! This "icebox" pie is best keep chilled as long as possible. It is best served after being chilled in the freezer for about 30 - 60 minutes. You could also just keep it in the freezer right after it's made, and let it sit at room temperature until it's ready to slice, about 30 minutes.
- Prepare graham cracker crumb crust or sweet pie crust (see note). Set aside.
- With a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside
- Add to the now empty bowl the cream cheese and the sugar. Beat on medium speed until completely smooth, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add orange zest, orange extract, vanilla extract and orange marmalade. Beat for an additional minute until fully combined.
- Add ⅓ of the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture and fold it in with a rubber spatula by hand until it is completely combined.
- Add the remaining whipped cream to the bowl and gently fold it in, being careful not to deflate the whipped cream.
- Pour the creamsicle filling in the prepared pie crust and smooth over the top.
- Place in the refrigerate to set up. It needs at least 4 hours chilling time, but preferably overnight or 12 hours. Right before serving, place in the freezer for about 30 - 60 minutes for the perfect texture.
- If using a Sweet Pie Crust, be sure to fully blind bake the pie.
- Make sure to use the regular cream cheese (that comes as a block) instead of whipped cream cheese or a cream cheese spread.
- The entire pie can be stored in the freezer, for up to 1 month after it has set up in the refrigerator. Make sure to wrap it plastic wrap well after an hour of freezing.
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