Friday, June 14, 2013

recipe | frozen key lime pie

Last Friday was Paul's birthday.  To celebrate, I made him this pie, one of his favorites.  It's super easy to make and almost no baking required.  I first made this for him for his 25th birthday, 4 years ago.  Geez, we are getting old!  This is a refreshing treat during the hot summer months.  I guarantee people will be begging for more!

Frozen Key Lime Pie
by Paula Deen

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 (12 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cups key lime juice (or to tasete)
1 tbsp key lime zest
1 pint half-and-half
fresh lime slices for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar.  Stir in melted butter.  Press the mixture firmly into bottom and sides of a pie pan.  Bake for 8 minutes and let the crust cool completely before spreading the pie filling over it.

In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer at medium speed, beat cream until slightly thickened.  Gradually add in sugar and condensed milk.  Mix until stiff peaks form.  Beat in lime juice, lime zest, and half-and-half.  Once combined, pour pie filling over cooled crust.  Freeze for 4 to 6 hours or until firm. The recipe suggests to cover the pie, but I actually just left mine open in my freezer.  
Garnish with fresh lime slices and serve cold. 

Enjoy, but beware of brain freeze!

My two handsome boys!

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