Classic Key Lime Pie

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Key Lime Pie has always been one of my favorite summer desserts. I think the rich and luxurious texture has the perfect combination of tangy and sweet. A fun fact about this pie is that traditional recipes always call for sweetened condensed milk. No fresh milk, no refrigeration, and no ice was available in the Keys until the arrival of tank trucks with the opening of the Overseas Highway in 1930. Because of this lack of milk, local cooks had to rely on canned sweetened condensed milk. Key lime may be the star ingredient of the key lime pie, but it is the sweetened condensed milk that makes it so smooth and delicious.

My parents made a trip to visit Ann Arbor last weekend and I made this pie for dessert. This was no coincidence because it also happens to be one of my dad’s favorite desserts as well! He gave it two thumbs up, which is high praise coming from a food lover like him.

So let’s talk about this pie a little bit. This Key Lime Pie recipe uses condensed milk and sour cream. It is a fabulously easy way to whip up a summertime favorite dessert in under an hour. You can even use bottled key lime juice to save some additional time. Don’t forget to garnish with whipped cream as this helps cut the tartness of the lime.

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Key Lime Pie Recipe
Makes approximately 8 servings

Ingredients
1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
3 cups sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup key lime juice
1 tablespoon grated lime zest

Directions
Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime rind. Mix well and pour into graham cracker crust.

Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, until set and tiny pinhole bubbles burst on the surface of pie. Be careful not to brown your pie. Remove from oven and chill pie thoroughly before serving. Garnish with lime slices and whipped cream if desired.

Heather’s Helpful Hints
If you have time, a homemade graham cracker crust is even better for this pie. Check out this quick and easy three-ingredient recipe for a crust that will be done in 15 minutes.

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Red White & Blue Swirled Berry Popsicles

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It’s that time again… my favorite summer holiday is here! For me, the Fourth of July means a fun filled day of barbecuing, watching fireworks, and visiting with family and friends. No matter what you have planned, be sure to kick back, relax, and enjoy this great American holiday!

How are you celebrating the Fourth of July? Let me know in the comments below!

I leave you with a quick and easy Fourth of July themed popsicle recipe. These popsicles are good for you, sugar free, low fat and super tasty. You can use any fruits and berries you have on hand. Also feel free to play with the white stripe. You can use coconut milk, greek yogurt, heavy cream or anything else you can dream up. Enjoy!

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Red White & Blue Berry Popsicles 
Makes approximately 6 popsicles

Ingredients
2 cups fresh blueberries
2 cups fresh strawberries
6 ounces fat free Greek yogurt
15 drops vanilla stevia drops

Directions
In 2 separate saucepans, bring berries to boil with 1 tablespoon of water in each pan. Partially cover pans and reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes until berries are saucy. Remove from heat and purée each sauce separately in a blender. Transfer the strawberry sauce to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

Fill pop molds 1/3 of the way with the blueberry sauce. Freeze for 3 hours or until frozen. Sweeten the Greek yogurt or coconut milk to taste. Fill the pop molds with 1/3 of the yogurt or coconut milk. Return to freezer for 3 hours or until frozen. Fill the molds, leaving 1/4 inch at the top with the strawberry sauce. Cover molds with tin foil and insert sticks until they reach the white layer. Freeze for another 3 hours or until solid. Carefully remove pops from molds; you can run some warm water over the molds to make this easier.

Heather’s Helpful Hints
You will end up with more berry sauce then you need for these pops. This is great to top pancakes, French toast, for mixed berry yogurt parfaits, oatmeal, cake ice cream, smoothies, shakes and more!

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