There’s a local restaurant here in Johnson City called Cootie Brown’s. One of their signature items is the key lime pie. They describe it as, “The pie that made Cootie Brown’s famous! Two rich layers of creamy filling – one is smooth & silky, the other is rich & tart. It’s so non-traditional and delicious!”. It’s one of my favorites – the other being Orange Cake ;). They have good real food too, but anyone who’s ever gone out to eat with me knows that I generally order a small entree – probably a salad or maybe even a 1/2 order of a salad – and then I totally order the biggest dessert on the menu! So it’s no surprise that my favorite restaurants have really good desserts. I don’t always want or have the time to go out so I try to create my favorites at home. It took me several tries, but I think I’ve got a pretty good copycat here with the major difference being that I have the layers switched – they have their sweet layer on bottom and tart layer on top and mine is just the opposite. The flavors are pretty much identical though. One traditional layer with condensed milk, lime juice, and egg yolks and another nontraditional layer with cream cheese, powdered sugar, and more lime juice. It’s best if you let it refrigerate overnight to firm up (and get better photos) but as you can see from the photo, Jordan couldn’t wait =). Enjoy!
Two-Layer Key Lime Pie
1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tbsp sugar
1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
14 oz sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup key lime juice
3 egg yolks
8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
3 cups powdered sugar (updated from 4 cups originally)
1/4 cup butter
2 tbsp key lime juice
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Combine cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in large mixing bowl and stir until combined.
3. Press the mixture into a 8 or 9-inch springform pan.
4. Bake for 8 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
5. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
6. Turn the oven down to 300. Whisk condensed milk, 1/2 cup lime juice and egg yolks in a bowl to blend and pour into the pie crust.
7. Bake about 25 minutes, or until the mixture is set. Cool to room temperature.
8. With mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar and continue to beat until fully combined. Add remaining lime juice and beat until smooth. Pour over the cooled baked layer. Cover and refrigerate until firm, at least 4 hours or overnight.
Note: The second layer is really sweet, so you may not want to use it all. Jordan thought it was perfect as-is, and I thought it would have been better with a little less.