*Taps mic* Is anyone here? Are you still reading? It’s been a while since we’ve spoken here, but I’ve been travelling and I’m too disorganized to plan my posts in advance when I know I’ll be away. I really need to get better with that!
With that said, I must fill you in! I’ve shared a lot lately on Instagram and Twitter, so be sure to follow me there to keep up. If you didn’t know, I was in Arkansas the week after my birthday, I returned home on Mother’s Day and two days later I was travelling to Miami. What an adventure it’s been! Since I was travelling without my family I’ve taken the last week to settle back into our routines and prepare for RiRi’s 8th grade graduation and D-Man’s preschool graduation. Then it’s summertime in the Harris household!
When I was in Miami good food was all around. The food culture is strong there, and there’s seriously so many delicious varieties of cuisine I never knew what to choose. I’ll be sharing some more in the coming weeks about my trips (including an amazing culinary tour we took in South Beach, Florida) but today I bring you this delicious Key Lime Pie that was inspired by a sample sized one that I tried our first night in Miami.
Before I left for my trips, I had received a fun 6-Speed Stand Mixer from Hamilton Beach. After weeks of travelling and not cooking, I was so inspired to get back into the kitchen and make some new creations. In Miami I had attended a food bloggers conference, so as you can imagine the food was delicious everywhere we ate. Key Lime Pie is a staple in Florida, mainly due to the abundance of key limes that come out of the Florida Keys. I decided to whip up some pie to share with my family as I shared my experiences with them.
This dessert is a great treat to enjoy in the Spring and Summer months because of the light citrus flavor and the minimal effort. The most strenuous part about this pie is probably the zesting or juicing of limes. My kids enjoyed it with a bit of extra whipped cream, and they enjoyed their bites while looking through my zillions of travel photos.
As a “welcome back” gift, I’ll also have a giveaway for the Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer for one of my lucky readers. Be sure to read through to the end of this post for entry details.
Key Lime Pie Ingredients:
For the Crust:
- 1-1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
For the Filling
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup key lime juice (juiced from about 12 key limes)
- 1 tablespoon key lime zest (from about 4 key limes)
For the Whipped Cream
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1-1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Begin by adding the graham cracker crumbs and sugar to a medium sized mixing bowl, then pour melted butter in. Stir to combine well until all ingredients are saturated.
Press ingredients into a pie plate, spreading evenly and up the sides. You can use the back of a spoon to smooth it out.
Once evenly spread, place in preheated oven and bake for 5-8 minutes until crust is just baked through.
Turn mixer off and add the condensed milk. Then add about half of the lime juice while the mixer is on at a low/medium speed.
Add the zest while it’s mixing, then add the remaining lime juice. Mix until it’s all well dissolved.
Pour the filling into the baked crust, being sure that the filling is spread evenly.
Bake in preheated oven for about 12 minutes. Once you remove it from the oven, let it cool down, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or more.
You can enter to win this Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer. I love it because you can turn the mixer on and grab whatever you need while it’s mixing. You can have your hands free to add additional ingredients (or take photos) while the mixer is already running. Talk about convenience! And it comes with three attachments and 6 speeds to make it one of the most helpful assistants for your kitchen (and baking!) needs. I’ve already made this pie, cookies, and even bread using these attachments and it’s such a convenience. The kids love watching it do it’s work while my hands are free.