I truly don’t know how it happens. An entire week melts away into a haze of exhaustion, and before I even realize what’s happened, I wake up on a Sunday morning to discover I’ve been completely unproductive for six days straight. I’m not sure whether to be ashamed or proud.
Are there some productivity/ambition pills out there that I can take? I mean, I definitely don’t want to be one of those moms that crushes up her kid’s Ritalin, but I would like to feel like something other than a dead fish when I get home from work. And to throw a wrench in this puzzle, I want to do it without having to eat vegetables.
Last weekend when I was feeling productive, I made this simple and lovely Chocolate Lime Pie. It’s creamy and tangy and fluffy. The hint of chocolate in the crust balances the sourness from the citrus. There’s an ideal blend of crunchy and creamy. Everything’s happy and perfect.
This pie is no-bake, and it comes together super fast if you have a food processor and an electric mixer. It still works with strong arms, but it will just take a bit longer. There’s absolutely nothing complicated going on here, though. Simple flavors, simple ingredients, simple assembly. It’s a high reward, low effort lazy person’s dream come true.
I’m making plans but not promises. I want to try to be more productive outside of work, but I say that a lot. Eventually, though, everything changes. Except the awesomeness of Chocolate Lime Pie. That’s forever.
- 300 grams digestive biscuits or graham crackers
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 50 grams unsalted butter
- 50 grams dark chocolate chips
- 1 397 gram can sweetened condensed milk
- 175 milliliters lime juice
- 300 milliliters double or heavy cream
- Zest of 1 lime
- 4 extra chocolate chips for garnish
- Turn your digestive biscuits into sandy rubble by either blitzing them in a food processor or bashing them to bits with a rolling pin. Put your biscuits in a sealable bag, of course.
- Put your butter and chocolate chips into a microwavable bowl, and microwave them for about 30 seconds or until both are melted.
- In a large bowl or in the food processor, combine the crumbs, cocoa powder, and melted butter and chocolate until your crumbs are damp.
- Transfer the crumb mixture to a to a 23 centimeter tart pan and press it firmly into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Stash this in the fridge while you get on with your feeling.
- In a large bowl mix together the sweetened condensed milk and the lime juice. If you're using a stand mixer, use your whisk attachment on low for this bit.
- Next, add in your cream and whisk on high (take it up to high gradually) until your mixture expands and thickens to stiff peaks.
- Transfer your filling to your waiting crust and smooth it out. Put it back in the refrigerator and chill for at least four hours.
- When you're ready to serve your pie, make it a bit prettier by topping it with fresh lime zest and shaved chocolate.
- Remove the collar from your tart pan, slice with a sharp knife, and serve to happy friends.