A Southern Grace: his favorite

May 13, 2015

his favorite


While I'm assuredly pretty close to the tippy-top of my boyfriend's list of favorite people*, this is a post about his favorite desserts.

*I'm pretty sure he isn't thrilled that I'm focusing on him in a post, and it could result in me moving down a notch or two on the aforementioned list.

I was working in a bakery when I met my boyfriend and always offered to bring or make him things, no doubt hoping to impress him with my mad baking skills. The first thing he requested** was key lime pie (which I hate really, really dislike), and this is the recipe I made for him.

**Other treats he loves include anything oreo-based and his mom's chocolate chip cookies. That said, I think given the option of having any dessert in the world or a thoughtfully brewed IPA, he'd take the beer every time.

Here's what my beau said when I asked him to describe the pie (since I'm painfully biased and would say nothing positive except that I love a graham cracker crust and whipped cream is a gift from God): Crisp, creamy, limey, and refreshing. As you can tell, he's a man of few words. He also said that it was better on day #2 than the day I made it, so that's a nice note, and although he didn't mention it, my thought was that it'd be fine to double the filling to have a thicker, more luxurious pie.

There you have it, folks. Classic key lime pie for my favorite fella.

Classic Key Lime Pie for my Favorite Fella
  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 10 crackers)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest, optional
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup lime juice, fresh or bottled
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered or granulated sugar, or to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
To make the crust, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl and stir until mixed.
Add butter and stir with a fork until crumbs are evenly coated.
Press crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9-inch pie dish.
Bake crust until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Set on cooling rack while you prepare filling.
To make the filling, zest the limes into the bottom of a medium bowl, if you're using them.
Beat zest and egg yolks with an electric mixer until pale and thick, about 5 minutes.
Add sweetened condensed milk and beat until thickened again, about 3 minutes more.
Whisk the lime juice into the yolk mixture until combined.
Pour into graham crust and bake pie for another 10 minutes, until set but not browned on top at all.
Let pie cool completely before adding topping, which is simply the cream and sugar beaten until soft peaks are formed. Chill at least another 2 to 3 hours with the cream on top so that it can fully set before slicing.


Angie's Recipes said...

Really, you don't like key lime pie? I love citrusy treats. This is a fantastic pie, Grace.

Pam said...

Your guy is lucky to have you! I think it looks terrific. Bookmarked.

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I love key lime pie too! He has good taste :)

Sue/the view from great island said...

These photos are mesmerizing, Grace, your guy has such good taste (in women as well as desserts!)

Marjie said...

I'm just going to buy the graham cracker crust, if you don't mind. This looks like something my boys would like to sink their teeth into!

And I think you deserve top "favorite person" billing for your marvelous baking skills!

Barbara said...

I'm a key lime pie freak too. I use an old Morrison Wood recipe that includes egg whites folded in the condensed milk mixture. I love it that way as it cuts the sweet a little. My father always had a fit. He wanted YOUR pie...not mine. :)

Cali @ Cali's Cuisine said...

Hi Grace,

I LOVE Key Lime Pie, but never make it because I would consume the whole thing in one sitting and then feel very, very ashamed. This looks totally Y-U-M-M-Y. Your beau is a lucky fella (I'm sure he knows this already).


Joanne said...

Boys and their taste buds. Always so confusing. Buttttt I do love key lime pie...so I'll take a slice of this as well!

lisa is cooking said...

He's a lucky man! He gets this delicious pie, and he gets it all to himself. Looks delightful.

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

The things we do to keep our men happy!
At least you got more descriptive words for your pie, than I did on my cookies this week. Mine to is a man of few words.

Beth said...

You are so kind to bake your guy something that you don't like at all. I must admit that I love key lime pie, and my mouth is watering looking at your photos. Yum!

dedy oktavianus said...

Simply damn delicious!!!
Dedy@Dentist Chef

Gerlinde de Broekert said...

I never made key lime pie. I like to try your recipe, it looks delicious.

I Wilkerson said...

I have to say, I'm with your boyfriend on this one Grace.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the recipe :) my little princess would love this on Saturday.. i will surprise her,, shes only 8yrs

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Katerina said...

He may be a man of few words but he managed to describe clearly and accurately this delicious pie!