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June 10, 2008

Not Tuesdays With Dorie, But No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake Instead!

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

It's Tuesday! And that should mean Tuesdays with Dorie! This week's recipe was La Palette’s Strawberry Tart and was chosen by Marie of A Year in Oak Cottage and as you can see I don't have a tart and I had big plans for this tart! I had planned to make a cheesecake layer to go along with the strawberries, because well cheesecake and strawberries, what's not to like? But alas life got in the way.

Last week was a long week! Seriously it was jam packed busy. I had planned to make the Tart on Friday to serve on Saturday when our friends came over for an early dinner/ play date, but my sister called me to come help her out so she could pack for their trip to Tennessee and well baby cuddles won out! By Saturday it was too hot to bake and I didn't have time after we finished putting in the garden in Saturday morning anyway! So I ended up making a No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake instead!

The Strawberry tart looked heavenly and I'll probably make it in the future, envisioned cheesecake layer and all, but I ultimately went with the much cooler, no oven required cheesecake instead and just because I like you all so much I'll share that recipe with you now! I mean seriously how cool and creamy does this look?

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake: Jumping In

This really hit the spot on Saturday when the temperature topped out somewhere in the hundreds with a heat index of who knows what and humidity in the twelvety two billion range! Let's get a little closer look at that shall we?

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake: A Bite

Doesn't that just look cool and creamy? Yum!

Be sure and stop over at the Tuesdays With Dorie blog and take the links to see what everyone else came up with...I'm sure it was a fabulous dessert! After Alexis' dance/gymnastics show today things should settle down considerably and it's supposed to cool down later in the week too so I'll catch you all next week. Until then enjoy some No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake, because you all know how I am about both Key Lime and Cheesecake...Why not put the two together? Oh wait I've done that already! Well why not put them together again? ;oP

What You'll Need:
1 sleeve of graham crackers
1/4 cup of sugar
1 stick of butter, melted
1 - 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1 - 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk (Note: I used fat free.)
1/2 cup Nellie and Joe's Double Strength Key Lime Juice

(Note: This recipe involves "cooking" your crust in the microwave oven so you must use a glass pie dish. If you want to use metal or use a springform pan you'll have to bake the crust in the oven until golden. If you wanted to you could buy a pre-made crust.)

Crush graham crackers and a medium sized bowl. Add sugar and butter and stir to mix. Set aside.

Spray a glass pie dish with non-stick spray and press the crust into the dish. Place in the microwave for 1 - 1 1/2 minutes until the crust hardens slightly. Set aside to cool while making the filling.

In the bowl of your mixer cream together cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until completely smooth. Add key lime juice and mix until incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pie shell an spread out to cover the entire crust.

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake: Ready For The Fridge

Place pie dish in the fridge for at least 3 hours (overnight is better). When ready to serve cut into slices (sometimes the first slice is a bit of a mess) and serve with whipped cream if desired.

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake: Sliced

Note: You could do this with either lemon or orange juice instead if Key Lime isn't your thing.

Posted by Dianne at June 10, 2008 7:34 AM

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its not a strawberry tart but it looks YUMMY anyway!!!

Posted by: Mara at June 10, 2008 8:27 AM

Yummy and perfect for steamy weather. Love how the filling isn't too thick! Thanks for the recipe--a good one when you don't want to heat up the house for sure!

Posted by: Bumblebutton at June 10, 2008 9:09 AM

Yummy and perfect for steamy weather. Love how the filling isn't too thick! Thanks for the recipe--a good one when you don't want to heat up the house for sure!

Posted by: Bumblebutton at June 10, 2008 9:12 AM

Your pie looks delicious, a great substitute!
Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Posted by: Ulrike at June 10, 2008 12:33 PM

Key lime cheesecake sounds good to me!

Posted by: Di at June 10, 2008 2:56 PM

Alexis' dance/gymnastics class is over for the summer so things should slow down now. That was our last thing that was keeping us busy. It's supposed to cool down this evening as a cool front is coming through so I've already got big plans for the cream puff for next week! ;o)

Posted by: Dianne at June 10, 2008 3:16 PM

Oh, that looks SO good!

Posted by: Allie at June 10, 2008 3:32 PM

Wow, I have to make that key lime tart - it looks so cool and refreshing!

You definitely need to try the strawberry tart - it's really worth it!!

Posted by: Megan at June 10, 2008 4:51 PM

Well, talk about looking heavenly...this would certainly fit that description...thanks for sharing! It looks just beautiful.

Posted by: Kayte at June 10, 2008 6:32 PM

yuuuuum! I want some of that! It look sooooo delicious!

Posted by: Heather B at June 10, 2008 7:37 PM

Cool and refreshing is always good when it's hot as Hades outside! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at June 11, 2008 10:30 AM

Oh yes, that does indeed look good.

Posted by: Jenny at June 11, 2008 8:52 PM


Posted by: Dianne at June 11, 2008 9:40 PM

Ooh---who needs strawberries when you've got lime pie!! Mmmm. My mouth is watering!

Posted by: K-Nut at June 13, 2008 8:50 PM

Exactly! ;o)

Posted by: Dianne at June 13, 2008 9:23 PM

mmmmm this looks so refreshing! i love that it is no bake. sorry you missed out on the tart!

Posted by: Jaime at June 18, 2008 7:01 PM

I will most likely make the tart in the future. It looked really good!

Posted by: Dianne at June 18, 2008 8:48 PM

Hi, Dianne!
I made this Saturday night for BBQ on Sunday. I followed your recipe exactly except I forgot to spray the pan, DUH! Needless to say it was a chore getting the slices out of the dish. I enjoyed the flavor and everyone who had a slice thought it was tasty. I did have one slight problem....mine did not set up very firm. Is that normal? I could not get out a "pretty" slice to take a photos. Not spraying the pan DID NOT help matters either. It was messy but good!
I'm going to try your parfaits next!

Posted by: Ingrid at September 29, 2008 11:08 AM

Sometimes it sets up a little soft, especially if it's hot and/or humid outside. Sorry it didn't turn out that great for you, but glad you enjoyed the taste!

You'll love the parfaits...I want to make some more just thinking about them! :O)

Posted by: Dianne at September 29, 2008 11:39 AM

Hey,NO, it did turn out great. It just wasn't "neat" looking when plated. That did not stop anyone from having a scoop or two! As I said I forgot to spray the dish and then it was in a "freezer" bag during the hour plus ride to my brothers so it was destinyed to not slice perfectly.

Posted by: Ingrid at September 29, 2008 3:17 PM

It probably was the ride in the bag. This is definitely a keep chilled sort of pie. Glad it still tasted ok though! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at October 1, 2008 3:55 PM

Very soimilar to what's called "Key West Power Squadron" no egg pie-except add 12oz cool whip and it fills two standard pie shells.

Posted by: Don at November 24, 2008 6:02 PM

Sounds good! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at November 25, 2008 1:50 PM

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