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Frozen Margherita (margarita) Pie

Submitted by: | Source: My retired co-worker's "Bab's" desert-exchange recipe

2010-12-20 Other

The Margarita/Margherita is my "favorite" drink, and is usually my drink of choice when I go out with my husband or friends. When I tasted this pie for the first time--it was love at first bite. This recipe was shared with me, from a good friend and co-worker who is now retired--"Bab's." She shared it with me during our school's holiday cookie/desert party. At the end of the event, Bab's "made" me take the left-overs, that I was seriously guarding at the time!

  • Servings: 8
  • Prep Time: 40, plus 8 hours freeze time
  • Total Time: 40 minutes; and 8 hours freeze time

Ingredients:

*2 1/2 Cups of Salted Pretzel Sticks, set aside a few for garnishing
*1/3 Cup of Sugar
*1 Stick of Butter
*1 Can Sweetened-condensed Milk
*1 Tablespoon Lime Zest
*1 Teaspoon Lime Zest--set Aside
*2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
*1 1/2 Tablespoon Tequila
*1 1/2 Cups of Heavy, whipping cream
*4 Drops Green Food Coloring
*2 Drops Yellow Food Coloring
*1 1/2 Tablespoon of Triple Sec or Comparable Liqueur

Directions:

1. Coat 9-inch pie plate with non-stick spray, and set aside.

2. Pulse pretzels and sugar in a food processor, until med-fine crumbs form.

3. Add butter, and process to blend

4. Press into bottom and side of pie plate

5. Place in freezer to harden

6. in a medium mixing bow, add milk, lime zest, lime juice, Tequila, Triple Sec or Contreau, and food color--mix well.

7. In a separate bowl, beat the heavy-whipping cream on med-high speed until soft peaks form, when the beaters are lifted.

8. Gradually, fold in the lime-mixture, until blended.

9. Remove crust from the freezer, and pour lime mixture evenly into crust.

10. Freeze uncovered for six hours.

11. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for a minimum of two MORE hours.

12. Garnish with set-aside pretzel sticks, and set-aside lime zest.

*To serve, unwrap and place in the refrigerator for approximately 15 minutes, for easier slicing.

**This dish can be left frozen for up to three months! ...a definite dish to make ahead for holiday gatherings!