Thursday, March 12, 2009

My! My! My! My Key Lime Pie!

My, my, my, my key lime pie!

Today is my first time to participate in Foodie Friday, hosted by Michael, of Designs by Gollum.
Follow the link to find delicious dishes, from all around blogland.
Here at Plates and Places, I am offering up a big helping of key lime pie.
So... "Pucker up, sweet thang!"
Doesn't everyone love a Key Lime Pie? It immediately carries me to a tropical place. Kenny Chesney sings about it. It's my favorite dessert, next to my moms almond cream cheese cake (and that life changing strawberry cake from Ashley Macs).

When my husband and I lived in Sarasota, Florida, we would drive up to Big Daddy’s grandparents house, about half an hour north. Grandpa took such pride in the fruit trees that were plentiful in his yard. The trees weighed heavily with fruit. There was nothing better than going out into their yard (when you were hungry and wanted a snack) and picking fresh lemons, limes, grapefruits, and tangelos off of the fruit trees. I would drive home with a bushel and then make myself a big glass of limeade or lemonade. Nothing ever tasted as fresh and good. Below is a great recipe for any fresh limes you might have lying in bushels in your kitchen.

MY! MY! My! Key Lime Pie
1 graham cracker crust (crust directions below)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 scant tsp grated lime zest (green part only)
5 oz cream cheese
Whipped cream

Wash and zest the limes. Squeeze limes to yield 3 oz of juice. Whip cream cheese, condensed milk and grated lime zest until smooth, scraping sides of the bowl all along. Add the lime juice and blend until combined. Pour into prepared crust and chill until set. Top with freshly whipped cream.

Mix 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs with 1 ½ C ground almonds, 3 Tbsp sugar and enough melted butter to bind. Firmly press into a 9 inch pie plate with the back of a spoon. Freeze shell while making filling.


Valarie Lea said...

As far as Restaurant Key Lime Pies go, LuLu's is the best I have had so far, and Billy's in PCB is right up there also. Mmmmmmmm

Nancy Jane said...

Wow...this is timely. Limes were 8for $2.oo at our market today! I've actually got the ingredients on hand to try this over the weekend! Looks yummy. nancy

Martha said...

Love Key Lime pie and of course, the best we ever had was in Florida.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Leigh, you better believe this Florida girl loves key lime pie! And your recipe sounds like something I can actually make! Love it! And you lived in paradise if you lived in Sarasota. That is one of my favorite places in Florida. Have loved it since the first time I visited there with my parents when I was a wee bitty one.

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us, and I'm glad you joined us for Foodie Friday. I love to read recipes (though sometimes I can be a bit cooking-challenged when it comes to putting them into reality).

Happy Foodie Friday and St., Paddy's, too!


Sheila :-)

Chandy said...

This sounds so good! Thanks, Leigh!
Thanks for sharing this yummy item today! Happy Friday!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Leigh I didn't know about this blog. I'm going to add it to my list. All the food looks delish!!

once in a blue moon... said...

theres always room for pie! a personal fav~

Susan said...

Yum key lime pie! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

susan said...

I love the story behind the title of your blog. The reuben casserole sounds like something My husband might like. And, of course, the key lime pie sounds wonderful!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Sounds yummy! Thanks for the recipe! Susan

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I love key lime pie! And I've never ever made one -- I'm going to have to change that soon1