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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tuesday's Cupboard—Retro Pies

My #1 easiest summer pie
A summer's worth of retro pies!  

#1 — Easy Key Lime Pie 

An oldie, but a goodie!  I got this recipe from my gramma Pearle when I was living with her in Boulder City during the blistering hot summers I spent lifeguarding while I was in college.

It is a delicious, no-bake, frozen dessert that goes together super-fast!  These also make nifty little tarts.  If you have any leftover pie filling, use it as a fruit dip for fresh strawberries.  
Serves 8
Prep Time:  20 minutes
Refrigerate for 1 - 2 hours before serving

Nellie & Joe's Famous Key West Lime Juice
available at Whole Foods

•  1 (10 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
•  1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
•  1/2 c. key lime juice (bottled regular lime juice is fine or use a bag of fresh key limes (about 15, juiced)
•  1 (16 oz.) container of frozen whipped topping, thawed

Mix sweetened condensed milk & lime juice

Make It
1.  Mix together condensed milk & lime juice in a large mixing bowl.

2.  Fold in whipped topping and mix until smooth.

3.  Pour into graham cracker crust.  Freeze for 1 to 2 hours before serving.  If desired, this pie can also be served refrigerated rather than frozen.  I think it's much better when frozen!

Add Cool Whip (defrost 5-10 mins) & mix until smooth
I whip it together in my Kitchen Aid on medium for about 2 mins
Nice Touch
**  If you use fresh limes, zest enough to sprinkle on top of the pie before you pop it into the freezer.  For extra pucker, add a few paper-thin slices of lime on top.