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Margarita Pie? Yes, Please!

Just recently, I opened a container of Greek yogurt and discovered that on the inner seal, a recipe was printed. Margarita Pie. Well. I set that aside and knew that Margarita Pie was in my very near future. I finally gathered all of the ingredients (I thought) and decided to make that pie today!

I made some adjustments. We should probably get ready for a mishap.

The first thing I did was juice some limes. I'm trying to remember how many there were...I think 5 good sized ones, and two small ones that were not very cooperative. I ended up with 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons, which was just enough for what I needed. The recipe calls for margarita mix (the kind without alcohol added) (I guess...) but that stuff seems so terrible for you. I looked online and found a homemade margarita mix here. It looked tasty and simple - yes! I set the lime juice aside and started on my crust.

The pie recipe calls for a graham cracker crust, which you can buy in the store. Again, I don't like the ingredients in the store-bought crusts, and I had it in my head that I was going to make the crust myself for this pie. (Sometimes I buy graham or cookie crusts from a place like Whole Foods. The graham, from what I remember, is not fantastic.) I did buy graham crackers from Whole Foods. I put one whole package in the food processor.

Whirrr! I really like my food processor. It is so handy! 

Once the grahams were crumbed, I added one tablespoon of sugar and stirred it around.

In a medium sized bowl, I melted 1/3 cup of butter. I added all of my crumb mixture to the butter and stirred it with a fork. It seemed just right! And the girl was happy.

I put the graham mixture into a pie plate and patted it flat with the fork, and then used my finger to push the crumbs just up the sides. (Side? Does a round pie plate have sides or just one big side?)

I baked it at 375 degrees for 5 minutes.

The recipe calls for an 8oz. block of cream cheese, softened. I checked my cream cheese, because I did have one. Date? February, 2012. All righty then. I grabbed my plain Greek yogurt and used it instead. Do you know that 1 cup of Chobani Greek yogurt has 23 grams of protein? 23 GRAMS! 

Plop! Hello, Greek yogurt. You look harmless enough. We shall see how well you imitate cream cheese.

To the yogurt, I added 1/4 cup sugar and the 3 tablespoons of lime juice. Here is the very funny part. (It made me laugh, anyway.) This is where you are supposed to add the margarita mix. Since I made mine, and it was composed of 1/2 cup lime juice, 1/2 cup water, and 1/4 cup sugar, I basically used the exact same ingredients that I had already put in there. I don't know. I thought it was funny. Maybe it made a difference that the sugar had been dissolved in the water rather than mixed all together? The final ingredient was 1 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt. I did not have any. I had regular vanilla yogurt. I had plain Greek yogurt. I had full fat honey Greek yogurt. I did what any disaster prone resourceful person would do. I combined some of the plain Greek and the honey Greek to make one cup, and put it in my mixer! I blended all that together until it was smooth and then I poured it into my crust. The recipe says to put it in the freezer. This is what it looked like at the end of the day.

A pie you don't have to bake? Nice! I have yet to eat it, so I will have to update tomorrow. I had a milkshake this evening, for better or for worse, (likely for worse) so the pie will have to wait. I think it will be really delicious with some homemade whipped cream!

I'm a crazy kind of lazy, aren't I?


*Michaela and I both had some of the pie, and we agree that it is tasty, very limey, but would be even better with a dollop of whipped cream. I haven't been to the store to get cream, so...that is on my shopping list! I am sure that this would be very good if someone made it as the directions instruct as well. Because it was made with yogurt, it is very soft...the cream cheese, I'm sure, would give it a firmer texture.

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