Jennifer Pallian is a Vancouver-based food writer and photographer with a background in nutrition. On her blog, Foodess, she shares vibrant, globally-inspired seasonal recipes, luscious photography, funny stories about life as a mama, and an abundance of cooking and ingredient tips.
In the summer, I love fresh, cool, creamy desserts – especially when they require very little effort, and no baking at all.
This Whipped Key Lime Pie ticks all the boxes. A luscious filling is whipped up with just a few ingredients – sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, and lime juice and zest. It’s smoothed over a buttery, crumbly no-bake graham cracker crust, and popped into the freezer until firm. A layer of whipped cream is piled on top, with a showering of green zest for flair.
As it sets in the freezer, the flavors really come together and intensify. I love how the vibrant lime juice cuts the creamy richness. But perhaps what I really love the most about this recipe is how quickly it comes together! And it got gobbled up almost just as quickly…
The nature of my job means I bake a lot of desserts. For the sake of my waistline, I typically have a few bites, save a piece for my hubby Adarsh, then give the rest to friends and neighbors. But every now and then, there’s one that Adarsh begs me not to share, and this was one.
The only changes I made to the original recipe were minor – in Canada, our cans of sweetened condensed milk are typically 300 mL, which is smaller than the 14-oz can called for. I made up the difference (100 mL, or about 3 ounces) in whipping cream. I also added three tablespoons of granulated sugar to the cream as I was whipping it, to make up for the sweetness lost in substituting for the sweetened condensed milk, and because I prefer the whipped topping to be sweetened as well.
This is definitely going on my roster of easy (and delicious) desserts for dinner parties!