The Best Pie in America

The Great American Pie Festival
The Great American Pie Festival in Celebration, Florida is two days of fun, games, and a whole lot of pie. It is also home to the National Pie Championships, where people come from all over to submit pies for judging, hoping to win "Best in Show" and the title of "Best Pie in America". And the blue ribbon goes to…

Sittin' on a Sandbar Key Lime Pie by Amy Freeze

Sittin' on a Sandbar Key Lime Pie
2013 APC Crisco National Pie Championships
Amateur Division
Best of Show and 1st Place Citrus
Amy Freeze, Avon Park, FL

2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
5 tablespoons melted butter

8 ounces Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
2 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
1-15 ounce can Eagle Brand condensed milk
¾ cup Coco Lopez (Cream of Coconut)
¾ cup key lime juice

Whipped Cream Layer
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup powdered sugar

Lime slices & white chocolate sea shells

1. In a bowl, combine vanilla wafer crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press into a 9- inch deep dish pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Allow to cool to the touch before filling.

2. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add eggs & egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add condensed milk and beat well. Add key lime juice and Coco Lopez and beat well. Pour into crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or until center is set to the touch. Allow to cool before refrigerating.

3. In a cold bowl, beat whipping cream and powdered sugar until stiff. Pipe large rosettes around edges.

*To make white chocolate sea shells, melt white chocolate almond bark or white chocolate pieces in microwave. Pour into seashell molds. Chill until set.