Lime Pie starts with a sweet and grainy crust, that is filled with a creamy smooth lime flavored filling, and topped with lots of whipped cream. I particularly enjoyed making this, it is by far the most simplest of all the pies I’ve prepared.

lime pieIngredients

Graham Cracker Crust

1 ¼ cup (125 grams) graham cracker crumb (you can also use crushed digestive biscuits, I used it)

2 tbsp (30 grams) granulated white sugar

5-6 tbsp (70-85 grams) unsalted butter, melted

Filling

 3 large egg yolks, room temperature

One 390 grams can sweetened condensed milk

½ cup (120ml) lime juice

2 tsp grated lime zest (outer skin)

Topping

1 cup (240ml) cold heavy whipping cream

2 tbsp (30 grams) granulated white sugar

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan-forced). Place the oven rack in the centre of the oven. Butter or lightly spray with a non stick vegetable spray. a 9 inch (23cm) pie or tart pan.

2. Mix together the cracker/digestive biscuit crumbs, sugar and melted butter (see notes). Press onto the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake for about 10 minutes or until set and lightly browned (see notes). Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool completely.

lime pie13. Meanwhile, with an electric mixer, whisk together the egg yolks until pale and fluffy (2-3 mins). Gradually add the condensed milk and beat until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then beat in the lime juice and zest.

4. Pour the filling over the crust and bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until the filling is set. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Once it has completely cooled, cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

lime pie25. Once the filling has chilled, using an electric mixer, whisk together the whipping cream and sugar until stiff peaks form. Either pipe or place mounds of whipping cream on top of the filling. Can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days.

lime pie3Notes

1. If you are having trouble getting the right consistency of crumbs to butter, there is a test. Once you have mixed the ingredients together, squeeze a little in your fist; if the mixture holds together, you have the perfect crust.

2. Instead of baking the crust, you can also just place the crust in the refrigerator until chilled.

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Aug – Sept ’14

this was a month of 2s, 3s and more. B now joins 2-3 words together like hi papa, big teddy, hot water, teddy eyes, how do you do, pink teddy, dirty water… interaction is so much more fun, with him being more descriptive and vocal about his wants and wishes.

keeps humming his nursery rhymes all day long. ABC being his fav, followed by wheels on the bus, hush little baby, twinkle twinkle. his love for books is increasing (yaay!). hes now started to sit for a longer time during storytime in playgroup. at home too, he prefers sitting with his books than playing with his toys now. post dinner is always storytime. reeeadd he says. 🙂

B was down with a cold and cough almost throughout the month. He passed it on to me, which he later took it back. Waiting eagerly for the summers.

21 monthshis stubbornness is becoming quite obvious now. if he does not want to eat, nothing will change his mind. and that’s becoming a concern, since hes being a bit of a picky eater, compared to his earlier days. Thank god he still loves his fruits.

celebrated his first Father’s Day at his Mainly Music. got all dressed up like M (actually even better than M!). did a bit of celebration at home as well. He did an art work for M at playgroup, got a few gifts and baked lime pie and shepherd’s pie! we went to the mall for M’s gifts and B is worse than his papa when it comes shopping. He just outright refused to get into any shop. everytime he would see us going into a store he would run away from me! even giving him 2 balloon to distract him didn’t do the trick (what was i even thinking!). atleast M agrees to enter a store with me. that’s when i learnt strollers are a MUST when going to the mall. atleast one boy is buckled down! 😉

B was not much of a sleeper as a baby. and that worried/disturbed me when i would see other babies his age fast asleep for hours at a stretch!

37d001d6d1c39d6b4410b37b1fe3e8399a2747ab7d5bc9e4be6b883636e95267he was just a couple of months old then and all he was supposed to do was eat, play and sleep. but sleep was a difficult thing for him then. i still remember the nights when i just HAD to read/research on this ‘sleep’ for atleast an hour before falling asleep or M snatching the phone away from me!

not all babies are the same, some sleep well, some do not. i was so ‘lucky’ B was in the minority that did not sleep as much as expected by ‘theory’. although he slept the whole night from 4-5 months onwards, his daytime naps would be less. he was a cat-napper. his naps would only last for 20 mins to 40 max.

but this is what i learnt from all my research then – the key to settling your baby to sleep easily is to look out for the tired signs. rubbing of eyes, pulling on the ears, or being more fussy than normal are all signs of sleepiness. the more the baby gets tired, the more difficult it gets for the baby to settle to sleep and eventually for the mom too. ofcourse the baby will cry to sleep then because thats the only way he/she knows to let out his tiredness.

the table below was and is a good help to first time moms like me (incase you miss the tired signs, keep an eye on the clock!). i learnt about this ‘waketime’ when B was around 2 months and it made life so much easier for me then (not that life can be easy with a baby but this sure helps!). oh and for those who do not know, waketime is the length of time the baby can stay awake before they get tired and need to go down for a sleep again.

do keep in mind everything is an average and should only be used as a reference point. as i mentioned earlier, each baby is different and unique. some nap for long hours, some are cat nappers like B, so they need more naps than other babies of the same age.

  Birth-6 weeks 2 mths 3 mths 4 mths 5 mths 6 mths 7 mths 8 mths
Waketime 45-60 minutes 1 hour 1-1.5 hours 1.25-1.75 hours 1.5-2.25 hours 2-2.5 hours 2.25-2.75 hours 2.25-3 hours

 

9 mths 10 mths 11 mths 12 mths 12-18 mths 18-24 mths 2-3 yrs 3-4 yrs
Waketime 2.5-3 hours 3-3.5 hours 3-4 hours 3-4 hours 3-4 hrs (2 naps), 4.5-6 hrs before nap (1 nap) 5-6 hrs before nap 5.5-7 hrs before nap 6-8 hrs (before nap)