Demented Ramblings life is too short to refrain from eating jam out of the jar

20Sep/050

Pi R Round

I used to have this officemate who loved key lime pie. Every time he would mention it, I would reply with "I have the best recipe for that..." but never brought him either the recipe or the pie. I've been saying to myself for the past year that I was going to make key lime pie and take him some, but I just haven't done it. I probably haven't made it in 3 years or longer.

Tonight I decided to change that. And, since of course "pies come in twos" as my pop says, I made two of them. One for pop and I to scarf and one for Steve. Sharing a cubicle wall with Mr. Grumpy Pants has made me miss my crazy whistling roomie, the perkiest man alive.

I even remembered to copy down the recipe for him, so that hopefully he can get his wife to make it next time.

Key Lime Pie (from The Joy of Cooking)

15 oz sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks
1/2 strained lime juice (from 3-4 limes or 12+ key limes*)
3-4 teaspoons lime zest

Mix all of that together and pour it into a pre-baked pie crust, bake @ 325 degrees (F) for 15-17 minutes. The pie will be set but jiggly like jello. It'll thicken more as it stands. Let cool completely and top with whipped cream.

*note: I have found from experience that the pie does not taste any better or worse if you use key limes versus plain old big limes. The big limes are easier to zest and juice, so I'll probably stick with them from now on.

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Big bonus: from the leftover 8 egg whites, pop made egg white omelets for us both with cheese. I topped mine with a sparse amount of my papaw's pepper relish (alright, MY pepper relish, but his recipe) and a smidge of ketchup. Yummy!

An odd thing to note. For the last couple of days I've been drinking diet soda, AND ACTUALLY ENJOYING IT! I don't know how long that'll last, but it's a welcome change.

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