Easy Key Lime Pie

I have come to a very dangerous realization. Key Lime Pie is insanely easy to make. I’m not sure I wanted to know this. Now that I do, I fear that I will be making it ALL the time. It’s pretty much my favorite dessert of all time and last year, my husband and I trekked to Key West, FL for one of the greatest vacations we’ve ever been on (and we’ve been to quite a few places!) and I tried some of the world’s best. I have to say, this versions kicks some serious a$$.

KEY LIME PIE
(courtesy of Ann Richardson, Allrecipes)

Ingredients 

– 9 inch graham cracker crust (make your own, or store bought)
– 3 cups (16 oz) sweetened condensed milk
– 1/2 cup (4 oz) sour cream
– 3/4 cup key lime juice (if you are using key limes, you’ll need about 20 of those suckers)
– 1 tablespoon grated lime zest (HINT: avoid the pith so you don’t get overly bitter zest)

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees.

COMBINE condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice and lime zest in a mixing bowl and blend well.

POUR mix into graham cracker crust.

BAKE for 5-8 minutes, until tiny pinhole bubbles burst on the surface of the pie. DO NOT BROWN. Chill pie thoroughly before serving.

GARNISH with whipped cream if desired.

It’s literally that easy. The addition of sour cream gives it a velvety smooth texture and cuts through the sour. MMM. Enjoy!

Key Lime / Raspberry Lime Cupcakes

Key Lime and Raspberry Lime Cupcakes Key Lime Cupcakes

My favorite cupcakes are citrus flavored. Citrus just brightens up a cupcake in a way that chocolate or vanilla just can’t. It’s a nice, cool, sweet treat any time of year. I found a recipe for key lime cupcakes via the Food Network (where I find many of my recipes…while watching Food Network Challenges or Cupcake Wars). You can find it here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/key-lime-cupcakes-with-key-lime-curd-recipe.html

After I had made the key lime version a few times, I decide to try and make a raspberry lime rickey style cupcake and thus, my raspberry key lime cupcake was born. You can do cherry lime (as pictured above) as well. Either way – delicious.