My Favorite Key Lime Pie

You know that sweatshirt that you just loooove?

The one you found on clearance at Target and were seduced by its soft, cotton charm.  The one you have had for about a decade and have worn more than anything else in your closet but still cannot muster up the courage to throw away, because, with a messy bun and some sparkly earrings it's still one of your favorite stylings. 

My Favorite Key Lime Pie {Pedantic Foodie}

This pie is that sweatshirt.

Wait!  The metaphor works, give me a chance. 

My Favorite Key Lime Pie {Pedantic Foodie}

There is nothing special about this pie, but then again, there is everything special about this pie. 

This is the pie I'll bring you if you just had a tiny human leave your body.  You worked hard, eat some pie.

This is the pie I'll make on a Monday night and eat for lunch on Tuesday afternoon. 

This is the pie I can whip up with no rolling or cold butter coercing required.  

This is my favorite key lime pie and it's about to become yours.

My Favorite Key Lime Pie {Pedantic Foodie}

I have loved this pie recipe ever since I first dipped my toes into the warm, sugary ocean of baking. 

My Favorite Key Lime Pie {Pedantic Foodie}

It's flavors are familiar and bold, and it's construction is simple. 

So simple, in fact, that I felt silly sharing it here.  For four and a half years I have resisted, but I recently realized that this pie is one of my favorite things to bake and there was absolutely no excuse for not letting it have its fair share of time in the spotlight. 

My Favorite Key Lime Pie {Pedantic Foodie}

Besides, isn't simple what everyone wants anyways?

My Favorite Key Lime Pie {Pedantic Foodie}

Now, as we have already established, this pie requires minimal effort, so I fully expect you to show an ounce or two of courage and make your own graham cracker crust.  None of that store bought stuff, okay?

I promise you can do it.  

(If you'd like a gluten-free alternative, it happens to be equally amazing with this simple coconut macaroon crust.  Just omit the chocolate coating.)

While the crust blind bakes, the super simple, lime filling comes together. 

Egg yolks, sugar, lime juice, and sweetened condensed milk, that's all.  

Can I tell you a secret?  Most of the time, I do not actually use key limes...  While I can sometimes find them in my area of the country, they are often dry and lacking in flavor, so I usually just opt for standard limes.  An even bigger secret?  Most of the time, I just buy the juice.  Already squeezed.  Don't hate me.  While I would never do such a thing with lemon juice, after thorough testing with fresh key limes, key lime juice, limes, and lime juice, I have found that it really just does not matter in this recipe.  The fresh, acidic flavors are preserved, and much effort eliminated. Just make sure you always buy 100% lime juice from a brand you trust, none of that concentrate stuff.   

My Favorite Key Lime Pie {Pedantic Foodie}

The filling will look really thin, probably too thin, but that is just perfect.  After a quick bake and some quality time in the refrigerator, it will be smooth and sliceable. 

My Favorite Key Lime Pie {Pedantic Foodie}

I hate throwing away leftover egg whites, so I love that this pie uses both parts!  While our egg yolk-based filling bakes, the whites are whipped into a sweet, billowy meringue. 

The meringue is baked just long enough to brown and then this pie has to sit in the refrigerator for a tortuously long amount of time.  Four to six hours is an eternity when you have pie on the brain. 

My Favorite Key Lime Pie {Pedantic Foodie}

Simplicity at its finest right there.  You gotta love the classics. 

My Favorite Key Lime Pie

recipe adapted from Baking at Home with the Culinary Institute of America / serves 8

for the crust

- 10 whole graham crackers 

- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Place crackers in the work bowl of your food processor and pulse until you have only fine crumbs. 

Add in butter and sugar and pulse several times - until the mixture begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

Press the graham cracker mixture firmly into a 9-inch pie pan and bake for 8 minutes.  Allow the crust to cool while you prepare the filling. 

for the filling

- 4 large eggs, separated 

- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 

- 1/2 cup fresh key lime or lime juice 

- 1 cup granulated sugar, divided 

- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 

Combine egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Beat with a whisk until the yolks have just begun to lighten in color, then add lime juice and sweetened condensed milk.  Whisk until smooth. 

Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust and bake for 15 minutes, until the filling has just set.  Prepare the meringue while the filling is baking.

In a large, clean bowl, combine egg whites and cream of tartar.  Beat on high speed with an electric mixture.  When the whites have become thick and shiny white, slowly sprinkle in the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar while continuing to beat, until the mixture forms stiff peaks.  

Remove the baked pie from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 450 degrees. 

Fold the meringue onto the top of the baked pie filling while it is still hot.  Spread the meringue evenly, being conscious to cover the very edges of the pie crust.  This will help keep the meringue from shrinking.  Use a fork or butterknife to make decorative peaks and swirls on the surface.  

Return the pie to the oven to brown the meringue.  This should take about 5 minutes. 

When the meringue is deep golden brown, remove the pie from the oven and refrigerate until fully cooled; about 4 hours before slicing and serving.  Enjoy! 

Banana S'more BonBons

I went to a baseball game earlier in the week and was reminded of how little I care about baseball and how deeply I care about those wonderful concession workers who take it upon themselves to combine obscene amounts of calories and then dunk them in oil. 

Banana S'more BonBons {Pedantic Foodie}

I felt the need to show some appreciation to these people who were just waiting for someone like myself to turn away from the field of players and take one of those crispy funnel cakes or soft pillows of cotton candy off of their hands. 

Banana S'more BonBons {Pedantic Foodie}

I very seldom eat any kind of fast food, and I am a tiny bit fussy about reading ingredients lists, but when a row of food carts lies before me, I temporarily abandon my food fears and wholeheartedly indulge.

Banana S'more BonBons {Pedantic Foodie}

Sadly, my food cart fantasy land was lacking one very important portable food - there were no frozen bananas.  Not a one. 

Banana S'more BonBons {Pedantic Foodie}

I have always loved frozen, chocolate covered bananas with their melty, chocolate coats and their ice cream-like interiors. 

Banana S'more BonBons {Pedantic Foodie}

As I was trying to contrive an inventive idea for this week's s'more, those familiar frozen treats would not leave my mind. 

So I gave in.  

Banana S'more BonBons {Pedantic Foodie}

I sliced two bananas into 1/2-inch slices and piped a pillow of marshmallow fluff unto the surfaces of half of them.

Banana S'more BonBons {Pedantic Foodie}

Then, I topped them with the remaining slices that had been skewered with a popsicle stick before hand.  It's best to get the stick through the banana slice before you layer the slices, otherwise, you will end up squeezing out all of the marshmallow. 

The banana sandwiches need about an hour in the freezer before you can dip them into the sea of melted chocolate.  

Banana S'more BonBons {Pedantic Foodie}

To thin out the chocolate a bit, I like to add a spoonful of coconut oil.  Coconut oil is solid at room temperature which is perfect when we want a shiny, firm coating that will not melt the moment we take it out of the freezer. 

Banana S'more BonBons {Pedantic Foodie}

After the bonbons are dipped, graham cracker crumbs are sprinkled and these tiny pops are returned to the freezer for 5-10 minutes to help the chocolate set. 

Banana S'more BonBons {Pedantic Foodie}

In my mind, this is the perfect weekend treat.  Every day ingredients, minimal preparation, and true sweet tooth satisfaction.

Banana S'more BonBons {Pedantic Foodie}

Happy, happy Saturday! 


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Banana S’more BonBons 

makes 10 / inspired by Joy the Baker

- 2 medium bananas 

- 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff (ha! Like you’re actually going to measure it…)

- 1 cup milk chocolate chips 

- 2 tablespoons coconut oil

- 10 popsicle sticks

- graham cracker crumbs

Slice bananas into 1/2-inch slices and lay half of them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  

Fill a pastry bag with marshmallow fluff and cut the end so that it is about 1/4-inch wide.  Pipe a small amount onto the surface of each banana.  You might be tempted to ignore the whole pastry bag thing and just spread your marshmallow on with a butter knife.  Resist!!  Bananas are slippery and marshmallow is sticky - the two do not make a good match.  Believe me, a pastry bag is the way to go. 

Insert the popsicle sticks into the remaining half of the banana slices, pushing the stick all the way through so that about 1/2 inch of the stick shows.  Insert this part of each stick into the marshmallow-toppled slices, forming little sandwiches.

Freeze for one hour. 

Combine chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small, microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave for thirty seconds, then remove and stir.  Return the bowl to the microwave and continue heating in thirty second increments, stirring after each, until the chocolate has melted.

Dip the frozen bananas into the melted chocolate and return to the parchment-lined pan.  Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs and freeze for an additional 5-10 minutes, until the chocolate has set.  Serve immediately or place in zip-top bags and freeze for up to one week.  Enjoy!!