This pie comes from our only male contestant. Who doesn’t really bake that much, but loves limes so much that he finds himself in the kitchen using them whenever possible. He also enjoys running, sports and spending time with is family.
For the graham cracker crust:
14 whole graham crackers
1⁄4 cup sugar
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and still warm
For the lime filling:
2 (14-ounce) cans condensed milk
1 1⁄4 cups strained lime juice (from the 2 zested limes below plus an additional 4-6)
2 each limes, zest
8 each egg yolks
For the Chantilly cream:
2 cups heavy cream
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1⁄4 cup confectioners' sugar
To make the graham cracker crust: Heat the oven to 325 degrees F. Break the graham crackers into small pieces and place in the bowl of a food processor along with the sugar and salt. Pulse 8 times, until the cracker crumbs are semi-fine (they shouldn't be powdery but not in large shards either) and the crackers and sugar are combined. Pour in the butter and pulse until the butter is blended in and the mixture isn't crumbly and holds its shape when you squeeze it, about 12 one-second pulses. Transfer the crust to a 9-inch spring form pan and push and press the crumb mixture into the bottom and two-thirds of the way up the sides of the pan. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to press the crust into place. Set aside.
To make the lime filling: Whisk the condensed milk with the lime juice and set aside. Whisk the zest with the egg yolks in a medium bowl until pale, 30 to 60 seconds, and then whisk in the lime juice-condensed milk mixture. Place the spring form pan on a rimmed baking sheet, pour the mixture into the crust, and carefully transfer the baking sheet to the oven. Bake until the center jiggles slightly, like a soft-setting custard, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for one hour on a cooling rack. Loosely cover the pan with plastic wrap (be careful not to let the plastic wrap touch the top of the pie) and freeze for at least six hours or overnight.
To make the Chantilly cream: Pour the heavy cream into the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl if using a hand mixer). Add the vanilla and sift in the confectioners' sugar. Whip on low speed to combine and then increase the speed to medium-high and whip until medium-stiff peaks form, about 11/2 minutes. Before serving, wrap a wet, warm kitchen towel around the edges of the spring form pan to release the pie from the pan's sides. Unclasp the pan and remove the pie. Fill a pitcher with hot water, dunk your knife in, wipe off the blade, and slice. Top with a dollop of Chantilly cream and serve immediately, or keep in the freezer for up to one week.