Sometimes I just can't do it all the way. I mean, I'm a new mom. I'm tired. So sometimes I have to fake it. (I'm talking about food people. Get your mind out of the gutters.) For example, I just can't bring myself to make real mashed potatoes most nights. I know, I know, my great grandmother is probably turning over in her grave, but they make these microwaveable taters now that already have the butter and garlic in there. Plus, I never have to peel anything. Four minutes in that magic box and I am done.
So, this dessert may not surprise you (especially if you have seen how I create a strawberry shortcake on a lazy summer day). This is how I make key lime pie when my carnivore hubs gets a hankerin' (that's craving for you yankees). I found this recipe in a Real Simple magazine years ago and it has been a go to ever since. Tart and terrific it takes very little time to prepare and just a few ingredients.
For this recipe you will need:
1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 6oz can of frozen limeade
1 cup of heavy cream
1 graham cracker pie crust
lime for zesting
In my Kitchen Aid Mixer with the whisk attachment I beat the condensed milk, limeade (not thawed) and cream together until soft peaks are formed. I pour this mixture into the ready made pie crust and swirl the top. Just 'cuz its easy doesn't mean it can't be pretty. I then place the pie in the refrigerator for at least four hours - this is the hard part. If you can resist it turns out better if you let it chill overnight. Slice the pie and serve with a squirt of whipped cream from the can (no extra credit for making your own). Zest the whole plate with lime to add some color.
So, that's how I fake it. What about you? Got any recipes that you cheat a bit on? With baby omnivore here I am always looking for shortcuts. Let me know below.