Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Margarita Pie

Oh, margarita, how do I love thee? And I can love you even more as a dessert!

My hubby and I hosted a dinner party this weekend. We provided the main dish and everyone else was to bring the rest of the meal. I realized on the day of the party that no one was bringing dessert. You can't come to my house and not have dessert!  I had to come up with something fun and fast.

A few weeks ago, I tried Pioneer Woman's Key Lime Pie recipe.  It was delicious!  I used to make a no-bake margarita pie with a pretzel crust. It was always yummy and a big hit!  Thinking of both of those desserts gave me an idea...

I started by placing a few handfuls of pretzels into my food processor and chopping them into crumbs.

I put 4 tablespoons of butter into my pie plate and melted it in the microwave.  I then added 1/4 c. sugar and the pretzel crumbs, a little over a cup into the pie plate.

I mixed everything together and pressed the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate.

The pretzels provide that wonderful salty compenent to the margarita flavor of this pie.  I put the crust into a 325 degree oven and baked it for 9 minutes.  I let it cool while I made the filling.  This is where the recipe from Pioneer Woman comes in, I used her recipe for the filling.

It started with gobs and gobs of fresh lime zest!

I used two limes worth because they were pretty small limes.  Then I juiced those two limes along with 3 of their friends!

I put the lime juice and zest into the bowl of my mixer with two egg yolks and beat it all together.  Next, I added a can of sweetened condensed milk...

I beat it all until it was nice and frothy and then...  I strayed from the recipe and took it down my favorite path...

I added 2 tablespoons of Patron Anejo and...

I added 2 teaspoons of Cointreau Orange Liqueur.  I'm telling you, I could eat this straight from the bowl!!!  I poured all of this goodness into the pretzel pie crust.

I baked this for 16 minutes and placed it on the cooling rack.  Once it was cool enough to go in the refrigerator, I wrapped it with plastic wrap and stored it in the frig until we finished dinner -- probably about 4 hours.  When I was ready to serve the pie, I whipped some fresh whipping cream with a few tablespoons of sugar and topped the pie with that and some more zest.

We all dug in and ohhhed and ahhhed our way through this pie.  And I have to admit that sharing this with friends made it taste even better!

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  1. This not only looks scrumptious, but your descriptions were charming! Nice, Jenn! My only problem is taking 4 kids to the store, to get ingredients. ;-)

  2. Wonderful! That sweet and salty mix is something I'm totally addicted to. I posted a salted caramel recipe a couple of weeks ago that you will adore. :) Lovely blog.

  3. You're speaking my husband's language here! He loves the flavors of a margarita. I'll have to make this for him for his birthday next month. Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  4. This sounds delicious! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites last week. I'm featuring you! Come by and grab my featured button if you'd like one.

  5. Jerri -- Thanks so much for featuring my post and for hosting such a great party!

  6. Yum! this looks delicious! I saw this featured over Simply Sweet Home and had to come check it out! You have a great blog! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would come check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  7. Love this!! I love any kind of pie and any kind of Margarita!!

  8. I am pinning this as a "must make soon" Love it!


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