The Only Key Lime Pie Recipe You Need

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Look no further. This is the last key lime pie recipe you need. I got the recipe from one of my best friend's moms. She adapted it from Joy of Cooking then I made of few tweaks myself. The results=absolute deliciousness. I'm not even going to ramble on about it, let's just cut to the chase.

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I'm a sucker for a good graham cracker crust. Especially this one. It has brown sugar it. I'm telling you it makes all the difference. 

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Key Lime Pie
yields 1, 9" pie

Crust Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups of graham crackers (about 10)
6 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup brown sugar 

Filling Ingredients:
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup key lime juice (about 12 to 14 key limes)
zest of two key limes, plus extra for garnish
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 Tbsp. sugar

Directions:
Preheat your over to 350 degrees. In a food processor, grind up your graham crackers until finely ground. Pour melted butter and brown sugar in and process together. Dump graham cracker grounds into a 9 inch pie pan. Using your hands spread them out and up the sides. Use the base of a measuring cup to help pat down the crust so that it is even. Use the side of the measuring cup to smooth the sides and make sure the crust is even all along the rim. Bake for 10 minutes.  

While your crust is baking whisk your egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, key lime juice and key lime zest in a large mixing bowl. Once your crust is done, lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Pour in the filling and bake for 15 to 17 minutes. Let your pie cool completely before adding the whipped topping. 

Once the pie is cool, make the whipped cream. Using an electric mixer, mix heavy cream and sugar until stiff peaks form. Using a spatula, loosely top the pie with a hefty amount of whipped cream. Sprinkle with extra key lime zest. Serve cold. 

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Make it for you momma this weekend. I know she will love it. Mine sure does!

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Annie

Lemon Loaf

About two weeks ago an old co-worker/work bff sent me a food video of a riff on Starbuck's Lemon Loaf, with the message "I love their lemon loaf, but I don't think I could handle buying all of those ingredients and doing a million steps..." I easily took this as a challenge to recreate the recipe in a more approachable manor.

Side note really quick. The word "approachable" keeps following me around. I've really honed in on realizing my style of cooking and baking is "approachable." I work to create recipes that any one can make and enjoy. I hope you agree. 

When my friend plotted the idea in me for this lemon loaf I was more than happy to follow through. I love a good banana or pumpkin bread, but this lemon version is just what my spring taste buds were craving.

If you are planning an Easter brunch for this weekend or have any spring baking to-do's, add this to your list. It is friends and family taste tested approved! I love leaving my bake goods out on the counter, to come back to find only a plate of crumbs. This is the best compliment in my opinion.

Lemon Loaf
yields 8-9 pieces, 1-9x5 loaf

Ingredients:
3 eggs
8 oz sour cream or greek yogurt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. lemon zest (about 3 lemons)
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Icing:
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. lemon juice (1 large lemon)
1 Tbsp. of butter, very soft

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x5 loaf pan and set aside. 

In an electric mixer, cream eggs, sour cream (or greek yogurt) and sugar. Mix in oil. Add vanilla extract, lemon zest and lemon juice. Scrape down the sides then add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix until fully combined. Pour into your prepared pan and bake for 40-50 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool on a wire wrack for at least 15 minutes. Remove from pan and place back on wire rack until completely cool (or for the impatient like myself, throw it in the freezer for a bit). While cooling, make your icing.

You want really soft butter, but not fully melted. Whisk soft butter, powdered sugar and lemon juice until the consistency of thick glue. Pour over the top of your cool loaf and let it drip down the sides. Garnish with lemon zest. Once the icing is set, slice into pieces!

Similar to Starbucks-yes? Better than Starbucks-yes. Make/bake and you will see. Happy Spring!

Take a lick?

Annie

Spring Green Frittata

I used to never eat eggs for breakfast. At brunch, give me all the eggs, but during the week I was a regular with smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt and granola. Once I did Whole 30, I quickly realized with oatmeal and yogurt out, eggs needed to join the breakfast rotation. I'm now eating more eggs in the morning, but I've always loved them for lunch and for dinner. What I'm getting at is that eggs are equally a breakfast, lunch and dinner staple for me. 

My favorite childhood meal my mom used to and still makes is her hashbrown quiche. While it is very much a breakfast dish, we only ever made it for dinner. Last week I picked up the Mushroom, Spinach and Cheese Frozen Quiche from Trader Joe's. If you haven't tried their frozen quiches yet, I urge you to. Such a good freezer staple. I heated up my quiche this weekend for lunch and served with an arugula salad. All this egg and quiche ramble is a long way to let you know what inspired this frittata. 

I've done this before, but I love making a frittata and then toasting a wedge to have for lunch each day during the week. This veggie packed egg dish is really satisfying mid day and actually reheats great! With spring fever I was inspired to keep things springy and green. Leeks, zucchini and spinach with a little salt and pepper is all you need for this dish! Leeks are a personal favorite. They look like massive green onions and kind of taste like them too. 

Cooking for one? Make this frittata and reheat through the week. Cooking for a crowd? This dish is perfect for an Easter brunch or a girl's lunch.

Spring Green Frittata
serves 4-5

Ingredients:
1 large leek, thinly sliced including greens and whites
1 medium zucchini, sliced in half and thinly chopped
1 large handful of spinach
1 Tbsp. butter, ghee or olive oil
8 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Directions:
Preheat the broiler setting on your oven (your oven should have a broiler setting, but if it doesn't this is about 525 degrees). Place a 10-inch cast iron pan or heavy bottom, broilerproof, non-stick pan over medium heat. Add your ghee or oil and heat. Add your sliced leeks and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the zucchini and cook with the leeks for 2 more minutes. Sauté together until both veggies are tender. Add the handful of spinach, stir and cook until wilted. Should only take about a minute.

In a large bowl whisk eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Make sure your veggies are evenly spread out in your pan. Pour the eggs into skillet. Cook until almost set, about 3 minutes. Once the bottom is starting to set but the middle is still jiggly, place into your oven to broil. Broil until frittata is puffed and the top is golden, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle the top with salt, cut into wedges and serve! Serve next to arugula tossed in a light lemon/olive oil dressing!

Annie