Hello friends and thanks for coming back for more pie. This week with Spring just around the corner, I wanted to present something refreshing and easy. With the days getting warmer I want to show you that you can create lovely pies without spending hours in the kitchen. Our Pie today is Key Lime Pie and if you have never made one, you will be amazed at how quick and easy it is.
My pie is going to have a graham cracker crust...Ok..you can wipe the sweat off your brow..I'm not going to force you to make pie dough ;-) We are boarding the 'easy' train this week.
The ingredients for Key Lime Pie are:
1. 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
2. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
3. 5 TBL melted butter (no margarine please..too much water)
1. 1 -14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
2. 3 egg yolks (save the whites for an omelet)
3. 1/2 cup Key Lime juice( appox 5-6 limes)...Key limes are not always available, so you can use regular limes or a very good bottled lime juice, such as Nellie & Joe's Famous Key Lime Juice (grocery stores). I beg you pleeeeeease never use the stuff in the little squeeze bottles, you know..the made from concentrate, full of preservatives stuff. Yuck!
To make the crust, mix your graham & sugar & melted butter until all crumbs are moist.
Pour the crumbs into your 9 inch pie dish and using the back of a spoon, gently push the crumbs onto the bottom and up the sides...packing down as you go.
This is what your crust should look like...If you want super easy, buy a ready made graham crust..just don't tell me ;-)
In a medium size bowl, mix your egg yolks, condensed milk and lime juice with a whisk until smooth and well incorporated.
Pour the filling into your pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Yes that's right...only 15 minutes!
Let your pie set for at least 10 minutes before putting it in the refrigerator . I'm sad that I have no pie crust cookies this week ;-(
Once your pie is well chilled you can serve it with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and a pretty lime garnish. Again...pleeease no Cool Whip..have you read the label on that stuff...gross! Fresh whipped cream is so much lighter and better tasting and you can control the sweetness.
Isn't she lovely? This pie is so creamy, light, tart and sweet all at the same time. You cannot beat it for ease of preparation with maximum results. You can make this recipe in small tartlette pans and serve individual Key Lime pies to dinner guest..talk about impressive! I hope you give this recipe a try, I know you will not be disappointed.
Until next time...be kind and stay creative. Please come back next week for another wonderful pie recipe.
PS.....I have to laugh at all of you who read my last post about dolls. With all my references to the touching of boobs....only one of you mentioned it! I was chuckling all day about that and my husband said maybe you guys had a 'boob' filter on your blog reader...too funny.