How To Make Easy Peasy Lime Pie OR I-Hate-to-Cook-and-I'm-Lazy Dessert
I have two pie-making concerns at the moment:
#1. I find cooking to be an appalling way to spend one's time. I don't enjoy it. My man was a chef way back when, and he cooks so often and so well that I don't give a dang about doing it myself, if I don't have to. But... sometimes the urge to make delicious food strikes! I am an instant gratification kind of gal, I admit, when it comes to eating. But I also love having guests and feeding them, especially dessert.
#2. There is a fantastic lime tree right in my front yard. It produces limes almost year-round. I am not a native Californian (born and raised in Tennessee - Go Vols!), so it still delights and amazes me that there is an abundance of bright, beautiful, deliciously sour fruit growing right outside my door. When the limes fall off the tree, I can't stand to let them go to waste. But there's only so much lime-water, lime salad dressing, lime-spiked shrimp, lime cocktails, cleaning with limes, aromatherapy with limes, giving away limes a girl can do.
Solution? Lime Icebox Pie. My mom used to make this with lemons, and now I make it all the time. I take it to the neighbors and make it when people are coming over. I love using my beloved limes in this way.
You only need 3 ingredients:
1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 14oz. can sweetened, condensed milk
1/2 cup lime juice or the juice of 2-3 limes (although, as you can tell, I like things extra lime-y, so I usually add lime juice to taste. I believe if you aren't smacking your lips and wiping saliva off your chin, you haven't added enough lime juice. My man says it feels like the the enamel is being stripped off his teeth. I say, "GO LIMES!" But hey, it's up to you)
Just get out your electric beater and blend these 3 ingredients! Pour into a ready-to-eat pie shell and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight if you want - YUM!
(you didn't think I'd actually make my own shell, did you? I've tried. It was a disaster - a tasty disaster, but still, a disaster).
I like to grate some lime zest (or the skin of the lime) on top of the pie and add a couple lime slices to make it look extra nice. You can tweak this recipe to your liking - add some fresh orange juice, use lower fat/calorie ingredients. YOU CAN'T MESS IT UP.
People ooh and ahh at how pretty the pie is, and then of course, the taste is light, refreshing and perfect for a spring or summer affair. Also, I think this pie is a surprising little departure from your usual heavy, chocolate-y or Thanksgiving-type pies.
The lazy (wo)man always finds the easiest, most efficient way (to make delicious pie).
OH and did you know it's super easy to make homemade whipped cream? SO EASY. And it goes great with this pie. I'll post the how-to ASAP.
Now, time to eat pie and watch more movies.