Sweet, warm, sunny June. And I don't just say that because it's my birth month. Or because it's the month during which our daughter will be born (a.k.a. real life starting in 2 weeks). Or because it's the month we save major money on heating/cooling our house, we abuse our grill which has been dormant all winter, and we treat every pleasant evening like it's an opportunity for ice cream.
Ahem. Did I mention I have a birthday coming up? And that I really like ice cream? I'm easy to please.
June is my favorite month because it feels like a month of transition, and it is filled with constant and important celebration. There are birthdays! So many birthdays. Transition into the next year of life is a big deal, ya know? And graduations: a school year ends and the next chapter of life begins. So major! And sunlight envelops Earth for longer and longer each day, let's not forget about that. Put your face up to the sun and absorb.
But among these transitional June moments is one thing that remains constant each year: the celebration and appreciation of our Fathers. There's an entire June day devoted to it! And if you're smart, you'll do it up nicely with some grill activity, a few presents (maybe your dad can pull off Billy Horschel's octopus pants?), and probably a pie. Dads like pie.
Speaking of dads, I don't mean to brag but mine is pretty cool. He's been "blessed" with three daughters, and has therefore never lived in a house with a bathroom that wasn't completely overflowing with makeup, scrunchies, and hair appliance cords. And yet I don't think I've ever heard him complain about this fact. Epitome of cool.
I don't think I've ever heard him complain about playing Careers or Sweet Valley High or High Ho Cherry-O board games with his girls after a long day of work either, as long as he was able to change into his "play clothes" first. And how many dads sit patiently while their daughters give them "haircuts," or play travel agent and take 30 minutes to pretend-book them on a flight to Disney World? I hope a lot of dads.
And he loved to coach us! I bet a man has a limit when it comes to re-explaining to little girls the concepts of getting in front of the ball, keeping an eye on the pitcher instead of catching fireflies, and not doing cartwheels in the outfield when bored. I don't think my dad ever reached that limit, and I don't think he ever missed a game.
But most importantly, he has always been supportive of all my choices, always been protective of my heart, and always been excited for my future. He is going to make a wonderful grandfather to our little girl, and I couldn't be more excited for his future as Big Pop.
So if your dad is anything like mine (and I'm sure he is), this is a pie he needs in his life, and he needs you to make it for him because it tastes like vacation, sunlight, and love. It doesn't have to be Father's Day for this to show up at his barbecue this summer. Surprise him with your skills!
This fresh lime pie was so easy to make (especially if you employ your husband to squeeze all the limes). It's lightened up with limited butter and oil, fat-free Greek yogurt and fat-free condensed milk, but decked out with white chocolate in the crust. Um, hello?
Do it up for Dad this month. He is one deserving dude!
Key Lime Pie
Adapted from Cooking Light
1 c graham cracker crumbs (I used my food processor!)
1 tbs brown sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 oz white chocolate, grated or finely chopped (I used my food processor!)
2 tbs unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 tbs canola oil
1/2 c plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 c fresh key lime or lime juice (about 7-8 limes, depending on size)
1/2 tsp grated lime rind
3 large egg yolks
1 14-oz can fat-free, sweetened condensed milk
3/4 c frozen, fat-free whipped topping, thawed
Sliced limes for garnish (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch pie plate or Pyrex dish with cooking spray, and set aside.
To make the crust, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, salt, and chocolate in a bowl. Stir well to combine. Add in the cooled butter and oil, and toss with a fork until the mixture is moist.
Press the crumb mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie dish. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until just beginning to brown. Allow to cool completely.
To make the filling, place the yogurt, lime juice, lime rind, egg yolks, and condensed milk in a medium bowl. Beat with a mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Pour the mixture into the cooled pie crust. Bake for 15 minutes, or until set. Cool the pie completely on a wire rack, then cover loosely and chill for at least 2 hours.