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Friday, April 12, 2013

North Carolina Citrus Pie

I like to listen to NPR while commuting to and from work.  This afternoon this recipe was shared.  I just happened to be driving home with a bag of fresh lemons, so it just seemed providental,  I admit I was intrigued by the saltine crust,  Apparently this is a recipe that is very common on the North Carolina coast and in the southern United States.  Definitely worth a try.

For the crust:
1 1/2 sleeves of saltine crackers
1/3-1/2 c. unsalted butter
3 T. sugar
 Crush the crackers finely in a food processor, or put into a zip lock and pound with a rolling pin.
Add the sugar, then knead in the cutter until the crumbe hold together like dough.  Press into an 8" pie pan.  Chill for 15 minutes.  Bake at 350 for 18 minutes.  .

For the filling:

1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks
1/2 c. lemon juice

Fresh whipped cream and sea salt for garnish

Beat the egg yolks into the milk then beat in the lemon juice.  Pour ito the shell and bake for 16 minutes.  Chill.  Serve with whipped cream and a sprinkle of sea salt.

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