Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Here in LA we are experiencing some major summer heat. The past couple of days have been brutal. So brutal that we haven’t even been in the kitchen because it’s just too hot (this is what it’s like living with no Air Conditioning).

So instead of cooking over a hot stove, cool down with this tangy and tart summer treat. Key Lime Pie Ice Cream is perfect for those who love ice cream but aren’t fans of the overly sweet stuff.

Now, you may be thrown off by seeing vodka in the recipe, but don’t be! Vodka can’t freeze, so adding it to your base will help make it smooth and creamy.

Enjoy and stay cool!

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream 

Ingredients 

  • 1 (14 oz) Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 Cup Key Lime Juice
  • 1 Cup Half and Half
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Key Lime Zest (Heaping)
  • 6 Graham Crackers (Broken into pieces)
  • 1 Shot Vodka (to keep it smooth)

Step 1: 

In a medium bowl, mix together the milk, half and half, vodka, and cream together.

Step 2: 

Add the key lime juice and zest and stir until thick, smooth and creamy. Pour into a jar and allow to chill for at least 30 minutes.

Step 3: 

Next, pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and churn to your manufactures settings. In the last five minutes of churning add the graham cracker pieces and let mix in. Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze for at least three hours to firm up.

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

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Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

For our second pie, for Pi Day, we made a mouth watering southern treat: Sweet Potato Pie with a Streusel Topping. Forget about pumpkin pie, this pie is so much better. It’s smooth, it’s creamy, it has a streusel topping. You can’t really go wrong there.

Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

Our recipe was inspired by Stephie Cooks.


Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

Pie Filling: 

  • 1 unbaked 9- or 10-inch pie crust
  • 2 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1¼ cups evaporated milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Streusel Topping: 

  • ⅔ cup flour
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Step 1: 

Peel, chop, then boil your sweet potatoes adding whatever is left in the evaporated milk can, there’s always just a little bit left and we figured, why not! Boil until tender, and the tenderer(is this a real word?) the better, or if you want a more “rustic” look and feel to the pie, keep them al dente.

Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

Step 2:

Preheat the oven to 450°.

Step 3: 

When the sweet potatoes are mashed and cooled slightly, (return to saucepan that you mashed them, it doesn’t have to be big) add brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon,nutmeg fresh grated ginger, melted buttered, 3/4 of a cup of the evaporated milk. Whisk together.

Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

Step 4:

Return the mixture to the medium heat and whisk until everything is melted and dissolved. Remove from heat to cool (five or so minutes)

Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

I know it looks a little weird, but it’s all about the flavor! And remember you can always blend it!

Step 5: 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, the remaining evaporated milk and vanilla.

Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

Step 6: 

Take about one cup of the sweet potato mixture and very slowly pour into the egg/milk mixture. Remember to stir constantly. You don’t want to cook the eggs or curdle them.  Sweet scrambled egg pie is gross.

Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

Step 7: 

Now pour the warmed egg/milk/sweet potato mixture back into the sauce pan with the remaining sweet potato mixture. Mix well. At this stage, if you don’t like the consistency, we put ours in the blender, and blended until smooth.

Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

Step 8: 

In a small bowl, combined the dry ingredients for the streusel topping. Mix well. Add chopped butter (make sure it’s cut into small pieces). Using a pastry cutter, combine until the mixture is crumbly. If not using right away, place in fridge so the butter doesn’t melt!

Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

Step 9: 

Pour the mixture into your pie crust (either frozen or homemade), we tried not to fill all the way to the top, to give a little extra room for it to grow. If there is extra pour into a small oven safe ramekin and bake. Top with half of the streusel mix and pop it in the oven for 10 minutes.

Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

Step 10: 

After 10 minutes in the oven, lower the oven to 325° and set your timer for 50 minutes. On a separate timer, set a timer for 20 minute and when that goes off, take out the pie and add the remaining streusel, return to oven.

Step 11: 

Remove from oven and let cool for at least one hour. Or as I recommend, overnight.


Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping