Atlantic Beach Pie (North Carolina)
Makes 1 pie
For the crust:
1 1/2sleeves of saltine crackers (about 6 ounces or 60 crackers)
1/2cup softened unsalted butter
For the filling:
One14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2cup lemon or lime juice or a mix of the two
Fresh whipped cream, for garnish
Coarse sea salt, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Crush the crackers finely. You can use a food processor or your hands.
Add the sugar, then knead in the butter until the crumbs hold together like dough.
Press into an 8-inch pie pan. Chill for 15 minutes, then bake for 18 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
While the crust is cooling, beat the egg yolks into the milk, then beat in the citrus juice. It is important to completely combine these ingredients.
Pour into the shell and bake for 16 minutes until the filling has set.
Chill THOROUGHLY. The pie needs to be completely cold to be sliced. Serve with fresh whipped cream and a sprinkling of sea salt.