Happy pi day! If you haven’t heard this years pi day is perfect! For all of you non math experts out there, Pi is 3.14159265359 and tomorrow is 3/14/15. It’s a perfect pi day! To celebrate pi day what better thing can you do but enjoy pie, right! It is perfectly fitting and a great way to celebrate the day. Cooking and baking has strong roots in math. For instance, you need basic math when increasing or reducing a recipe. Then when serving things like pie they are perfect for a lesson in fractions. This year for pi day my family will be enjoying my favorite pie, Key Lime Pie.
I will be the first to admit I have a small obsession with Key Lime Pie. It is my absolute favorite. Yes, there are all types of pie out there that I also love, they all have their place but Key Lime Pie will lose to them every time. I think this comes from growing up in Florida where I was first introduced to it. My mom never made Key Lime Pie so when I had it while out somewhere it was always a special treat. I also learned I was very picky about my key lime pie. Those pies made lime jello just didn’t cut it, I wanted the real thing if I was going to indulge in my favorite treat.
Moving to New Jersey in 2006 my favorite pie was hard to find. I had to take matters into my own hands and make my own Key Lime Pie. That is when I learned how truly simple this pie is and kicked myself for not making it sooner. Key Lime Pie has 5 ingredients, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Sour Cream, Key Lime Juice, Lime Zest and your favorite pie crust (graham cracker is traditional but shortbread works well also). Simple ingredients for an out of this world pie. The most time consuming part of making the pie is juicing all the tiny key limes. Then it bakes for 15 minutes. The hardest part comes next waiting for it to cool. Once it is cooled and you go to serve it your family/guests, they will ooh and ah and marvel at it’s limey delicious-ness thinking you have slaved for hours creating it. There is no reason to tell them you haven’t. Enjoy your key lime pie glory and a piece of Key Lime Pie for yourself too!
- 1 (9 inch) graham cracker crust
- 3 cups sweetened condensed milk
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¾ cup fresh key lime juice
- 1 tablespoon grated lime zest
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a medium bowl, combine condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime rind. Mix well and pour into graham cracker crust.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until tiny pinhole bubbles burst on the surface of pie. DO NOT BROWN! Chill pie thoroughly before serving. Garnish with lime slices and whipped cream if desired.