Recipe 10 Minute Lime Cracker Pie

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

  1. The Late Night Gourmet

    The Late Night Gourmet Über Member

    Detroit, USA

    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:

    Lime Cracker Pie Nutrition.JPG

    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.


    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)


    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.


    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.


    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

    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!
  5. oddduck

    oddduck Well-Known Member

    I think graham crackers instead of ritz would make it more like a key lime pie. And i love key lime pie...waiting for my key lime tree to give me more limes.
  6. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

    SE Florida
    I used to babysit a little boy whose mother had me pour condensed milk on a slice of white bread, then toast it in the oven. Freddy was a chunky little boy!

    On another note, we watched an episode of America's Test Kitchen that used saltines crackers for the crust, like you'd use graham crackers, etc. I was thinking of trying that next time I make a Key Lime or lemon pie.

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