Recipe 10 Minute Lime Cracker Pie

Discussion in 'Sweets and Desserts' started by The Late Night Gourmet, Sep 10, 2018.

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  1. The Late Night Gourmet

    The Late Night Gourmet Über Member

    Location:
    Detroit, USA
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    I'm not in the habit of making desserts, and when I do I typically want them to be healthy. Despite some big adjustments, this is still far from a healthy dish. But wow, is it tasty.

    I started with the recipe by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, and replaced the regular Ritz crackers with reduduced fat Ritz crackers, condensed milk with fat free condensed milk, and the 2 cups of heavy cream with 1 cup of fat free half-and-half (I didn't think it would set if I had the same amount of the thinner, lighter dairy). I had enough to make 2 medium-sized pie tins. Cutting each into 8ths yielded this:

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    The "10 minute" part refers to how long it takes to assemble. You will still need to let it chill for at least 2 hours to set the ingredients. The first image here is what it looked like before I put it away to set. I will cut a cross-section so you can see what the layers look like.

    Ingredients

    28 ounces Fat Free Condensed Milk
    1 cup Fat Free Half-and-Half (or 1/2 cup each of heavy cream and skim milkO
    1/2 cup lime juice
    1 tablespoon lime zest, plus more for finishing
    85 Reduced Fat Ritz Crackers (about 3 sleeves)

    Directions

    1. Mix condensed milk with half-and-half in a bowl; whisk together, but make sure that the heavier condensed milk is scraped off the bottom of the bowl. Whisk lime zest into mixture.

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    2. Add lime juice gradually to mixture while constantly whisking; dumping it in all at once risks curdling.

    3. Pour 1 cup of mixture into the bottom of a large, deep pie tin or casserole pan, or 2 medium-sized pie tins. Add a single layer of crackers to the bottom. Break up some crackers into pieces to fill the gaps, but leave as many as possible whole.

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    4. Spread a second layer of 1 cup of mixture over the top of the crackers, then add another layer of crackers. Repeat with 1 more layer of mixture and 1 more layer of crackers.

    5. Spread remaining mixture over the top, smoothing out with spatula. Zest some more lime on the top.

    6. Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to set and allow the liquid to permeate the crackers.
     
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  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Neat recipe. I am pretty certain that fat-free condensed milk doesn't exist in the UK, though. I will have a search...
     
  3. The Late Night Gourmet

    The Late Night Gourmet Über Member

    Location:
    Detroit, USA
    As it turns out, there's a very small difference between fat free condensed milk (110 calories/ounce) and regular condensed milk (125 calories/ounce). I was surprised that this change might have had the smallest impact to the total nutritional value.
     
  4. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I suppose its all the sugar which makes up the calories. I had a cousin when I was a kid who was addicted to condensed milk sandwiches (not a nice concept!). Why his Mum and Dad let him eat them I don't know - but he was a very, very fat boy!
     

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