If there's one thing I love during the summer, it's a good recipe that doesn't require turning the oven on. It's not like I don't do any baking in the summer, but it's safe to say I don't do much. Hot days and hot ovens make me cranky.
This summer we've been crazy about key lime pie. I know officially Key Lime Pie is supposed to be baked. It's supposed to have the consistency of cheesecake, but I don't do it that way because (1) that means I have to bake it and remember me and hot ovens? and (2) if it's rich and thick like cheesecake I'll get a stomach ache if I eat half the pie. And perhaps feel a bit guilty too. Maybe.
So, this recipe is what you might call the quick and easy kind.
And while I'm no Pioneer Woman, I'll do my best to give you the run down of how to make this pie:
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
- 1/2 cup lime juice (preferably key lime juice, which can usually be found by the lemon juice at the grocery store)
- 1 carton (8 oz) of Cool Whip -- even if you're not a big Cool Whip fan (like me) the lime juice overpowers the Cool Whip taste and it's all good in the end
- 1 graham cracker crust (you can make your own, or you can be a lazy bum like me and spend the $1.07 and buy the premade kind)
- optional: few drops of green food coloring
In a medium bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk and lime juice; let it sit for a few minutes so they can become good friends. I supposed you could use real lime juice, or even lime juice from those little plastic green limes, but I'm partial to Nellie and Joe's 'Famous' Key West Lime Juice (because that's the only kind of Key Lime juice our grocery store has).
After the milk and juice have had a moment together, stir in the Cool Whip. If you want a green Key Lime Pie, now would be the time to add the food coloring. Or you could be tricky about like I get sometimes.
Spoon the pie filling into the crust and make it comfy in its new, albeit temporary, home. You can now put it in the fridge to chill for a couple hours, or...
...you can add a drop of green food coloring to a small bit of filling, mix it up, and use it for some Key Lime fun.
I take a toothpick and add polka dots because, seriously, what's not to love about polka dots? They're just so darn cute. But I'm sure you could get all Martha on this pie and draw in something fancy, or a miniature Eiffel Tower, or something. I still think polka dots are cuter.
And there you have it! A no-cook Key Lime Pie. It's good for any occasion, especially if you get a sassy new haircut. In that case it's mandatory to make such an easy dessert.
And, not to seem vain, but just one more picture because it was Jason's favorite, even though the lighting isn't so great.
Yes, that's Christmas music sitting on the piano. A bit of Christmas music, a lot of Key Lime Pie, and short haircuts: that's how we keep cool around here.