What an excellent pie. I made mini versions with my own tart shell and miked a bit of instant coffee into that recipe like yours does. I dissolved the instant coffee into the water when making my crust since the past reviewer said not doing so made the crust seem a bit bitter. Doing so gave a crust a great taste of coffee that was not bitter or overwhelming. I used a mixture of resberries and strawberries in the pie. Very good dessert recipe I plan on making many more times in the near future!
This is delicous creamy pie with a great presentation. I can't get over how simple the crust is! No mess...unless you count your fingers! The creamy coffee flavor is nicely balanced with the tart berries. I sort of missed the instructions that said you should add the gelatin mixture to the cream cheese mixture gradually. That's really important. Mine had a few lumps that I couldn't get out because I combined it all at once. The only thing I will change is the addition of the instant coffee in the crust. The directions didn't specifically say when to add the granules, so I assumed they went in the dry ingredients, which of course made a very pretty speckled appearance but it gave the crust a bitter taste. I think it might work better for us to dissolve it when you combine the milk and oil for a more even flavor. But that's just a very minor nit-picky thing. As I said, it was really pretty and enjoyed by all!