Caribbean Dream Pie
Caribbean Dream Pie is a luscious combination of bananas, mango, sweetened condensed milk with lime juice and zest piled into a sweet crumb crust! The tangy lime-flavored filling contrasts delightfully with the sweetness of the bananas and mango. The only baking involved is to bake the sweet crumb crust for 10 minutes.
In my last post My Favorite Peach Cobbler Recipes all the desserts were served warm so today I’d like to share with you a cool, refreshing summertime or any time pie! Bananas and mangoes are available in most places year round so waiting for a fruit to be “in season” is not a concern with this recipe.
Sweet Crumb Crust
I don’t often bake a graham cracker crust when it’s so easy to pick one up at the store, but this recipe features a crust that is really easy to make. I placed the graham crackers, nuts and shredded coconut in the food processor bowl and let the machine do the work! After these ingredients were turned into crumbs I added the melted butter to the food processor and it combined to form a crumb mixture that I found easy to handle. (I will be keeping this sweet crumb crust recipe in mind for other pies instead of running to the store for a ready-make crust!)
I pressed the crumbs into the pie plate by using the bottom of a 1-cup measuring cup to pat it into place. The pie crust is baked for 10 minutes at 350°F. then removed from the oven and cooled completely before adding the filling.
The filling is simple but rich. A can of sweetened condensed milk is mixed with lime juice and zest. Banana slices and chopped mango are added to the cooled pie crust. After the sweetened condensed milk is mixed with the lime juice and zest it will thicken slightly. The milk mixture is poured over the fruit and spread over the top of the pie. The pie is ready to chill in the refrigerator until good and cold or until you can wait no longer to sample it!
The Recipe for Caribbean Dream Pie
- 2 cups crushed graham crackers or ginger snaps
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup finely minced nuts
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon grated lime zest
- 2 bananas, peeled & sliced
- 1/2 ripe mango, peeled and sliced or chopped
- Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine all crust ingredients and mix well. (Food processor can do all this in short order!)
- Press the mixture firmly into the bottom and sides of a 9" pie plate, building a handsome 1/2-inch ridge around the edge. (If you have extra leftover, reserve to sprinkle on top of pie.)
- Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and cool completely.
- Filling: Pour the milk into a medium-sized bowl. Add the grated lime zest and lime juice and whisk for a few minutes until milk begins to thicken.
- Layer the banana and mango slices in the baked, cooled crust.
- Pour the thickened milk mixture over the fruit, spreading it into place.
- Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture (if desired) and chill until cold.
- Serve cold with whipped cream or other desired garnishes.
The mango is a delicious tropical fruit that is a good source of fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. Mangoes are native to South Asia but were distributed worldwide by travelers over the years. Mangoes are one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics. They have a single flat oblong pit that does not separate easily from the pulp
In case you’ve never cut a mango before here’s a short video to show you how it’s done.
Half of the world’s mangoes grow in India. The other top producers of mangoes are China, Thailand, Indonesia and Mexico. In the United States mangoes are grown in California and southern Florida. When choosing a mango, try to find one with as much red or yellow color as possible. If you buy an unripe mango you can ripen it by placing it in a paper bag and leaving it on the counter for a day or two. Look for a mango with smooth skin that yields to light pressure. Once the mango is ripe, it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
These hot summer days and nights just need some cooling down with a nice slice of Caribbean Dream Pie!
Make Caribbean Dream Pie soon and stay cool!
Remember to Savor the Flavor!
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