Lime cracker pie

Lime cracker pie recipe for 1 or 2! Very slightly healthier… :)

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Just made this simply sublime pie in a mason jar and had to share it here! It’s so addictive and perfect in its unassuming way.  If you’re ovenless or feeling lazy about undertaking a major baking project, this is the easy no-bake pie for you!  Your taste buds will burst into song while your head is saying ‘Stop!  Try to save half for later!’.  It’s a slight adaptation of J.Kenji López’s 10-min pie.  I’ve simply reduced quantities to fit into a medium mason jar and replaced half the whipping cream with drained greek-style yoghurt.  With a reduced quantity of sweetened condensed milk, it all thickens beautifully with fresh lime juice.  The finely-grated lime zest adds that extra zing.  The special ingredient is Ritz crackers – here in Barcelona they’re harder to find so I used the cheap mini ‘ritz-style’ kind.  They worked perfectly.  Yum yum.  If you haven’t already had a lovely ritz cracker lime pie dessert, give it a try! 🙂

Lime cracker pie for 1 or 2, with Ritz crackers

Lime cracker pie

THE RECIPE

This pie in a jar is based on Chef J.Kenji López’s pie recipe, online here and in Food52’s Genius desserts book.  My addition of greek-style yoghurt instead of half the cream makes it slightly healthier but, let’s face it, there’s still the sweetened condensed milk – which I accidentally reduced to 3/4 of the original quantity (it works great).  This dessert isn’t too sweet, lime juice is good for you and you can make your own healthier gluten-free ritz crackers, with my recipe here.  One day I’ll try it with homemade crackers.  Apparently you can use any kind.  Yay!

Mini Ritz-style crackers

Timing

DAY ONE – 10 minutes to make.  Store in fridge overnight.

DAY TWO – eat. 

Great, right?

Quantities

The mason jar used is 500ml (10cm/4in diametre and 10cm/4in high).  Alternatively, use any 500ml container or two smaller 250ml dishes.  Technically, you can make this dessert for two people, thereby sharing.  Yes, really.  😉 

Mine came out cake-like (which apparently is the idea) and not too creamy (partly due to using less condensed milk), which I really liked.  But you can increase the greek-style yoghurt or cream a little.  Or use 60g of crackers or less.  It all seems quite flexible.

Lime cracker pie

Lime cracker pie

Ingredients

  • 100g/1/3 cup condensed milk
  • 62g/1/5 cup drained unsweetened greek-style yoghurt (obtained by placing 90g/1/3 cup in a sieve over a bowl, in fridge around 4 hours).
  • 55g/ml liquid whipping cream, 35% fat minimum
  • 30g/ml freshly-squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • finely-grated zest from 1 and 1/2 limes for filling, to taste
  • zest from 1 to 1 and 1/2 limes for decoration, to taste
  • 70g/2.4oz Ritz-style crackers or other kinds (can reduce to 60g/2oz)
  1. Place milk, drained yoghurt, cream, lime juice and zest in a bowl and wait 30 seconds to 1 minute.  It starts thickening all by itself.
  2. Whisk 1 minute to thicken more.
  3. Spread thin layer of mixture on bottom of jar.
  4. Top with layer of mini crackers.
  5. Repeat layering until you reach top of jar (mine had 4 or 5 layers of crackers, I think).
  6. Cover and place in fridge overnight (or minimum 2 hours).
  7. Sprinkle with extra lime zest to serve.

Yum yum.  Had to force myself to stop and save some for the next day.

Lime cracker pie

Lime cracker pie

Tempted?  This lime cracker pie in a jar is the bomb.  That’s all I’ll say.  Ok, except that I really adore it.  Hope you’ll try it too.

Will now love you and leave you dear reader.  Hope you’re holding up well, what with the world being a little off-kilter nowadays (pie helps).  Wishing you a great week with some happy no-baking, baking and eating! 🙂 Lili x 

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Baking on Sundays with my French mum was a lovely part of my childhood. Later I experimented with baking books or internet recipes and did the pâtisserie course at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. Still trying out new recipes and inventing cakes with influences from all around the world, including some healthier ones. Yes, love cakes!!! Hope you'll love them too and have fun baking. :)

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