Eggless, No Bake Citrus Pie

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On my personal Instagram profile, it states that dessert is my favourite meal of the day. True story. I often read over the dessert menu before I make a decision on an appie or main course. Anything chocolate is the top choice and a Key Lime or Lemon Meringue Pie usually falls to the bottom of the list. 

I recently went out to dinner with my sister and the dessert menu was lack lustre to say the least; Creme Brûlée and Key Lime Pie were the only options. Since seafood was the theme of our meal, a zesty Key Lime Pie seemed more appealing.  It turned out to be a perfect compliment to all of the shellfish we had consumed.

The pie was a take on a traditional Key Lime Pie and served in individual bowls. The light custard had a hint of tartness that paired splendidly with the sweet, buttery texture of the graham cracker crust. It was like “Summer in a bowl” as Joey from the Friends TV show once quoted.

My intention was to make a Key Lime Pie but my local grocery store had Meyer Lemons in stock so I purchased both types of fruit.  I often find that Key Lime can leave a bitter after taste.  I also served the pie in individual mason jars for aesthetic reasons and to control myself from eating the entire pie!

There is also the option to make one large pie if you choose.  If you cannot find Meyer Lemons, a Key Lime only recipe can be made by removing the lemon juice and using 2/3 cup of Key Lime juice altogether.  All ingredients will remain the same.

Hope you enjoy what will be my new summer favourite.

Eggless, No Bake Citrus Pie Recipe

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Yields:  6 individual (125 ml) ramekins or mason jars
Prep Time: 30 minutes

Crust

1 cup Graham Crackers (ground)
2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
2 tbsp Butter (unsalted)

Filling

1/2 cup Meyer Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Key Lime Juice
1/2 cup Cream Cheese (softened)
1 can (300 ml) Condensed Milk

Topping

1 cup Whipping Cream
1 tbsp Granulated Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place frying pan over medium heat and add the ground graham crackers, granulated sugar and butter.
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  2. Mix until butter melts and mixture is slightly toasted for about a minute.  Loosely put approximately 2 tablespoon of the graham cracker mixture in the bottom of individual ramekins or mason jars.  Set aside.
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  3. In a mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth.  Add the meyer lemon juice, key lime juice and condensed milk.  Beat until well incorporated.
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  4. Pour the filling over top of the graham cracker crust.  Set aside.
  5. In a mixing bowl, beat the whipping cream, granulated sugar and optional vanilla extract until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  6. Top off the citrus filling with whipped cream.
  7. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
  8. Enjoy!

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