Sweet Recipe for a Cutie Pie

This easy as pie recipe for a Cutie Pie is a creamy and soul-satisfying dessert that’s sure to brighten up your darkest day!  If you love the sweet taste of clementines, you’ll love this!

This easy as pie recipe for a Cutie Pie is a creamy and soul-satisfying dessert that’s sure to brighten up your darkest day! If you love the sweet taste of clementines, you’ll love this!
Cutie Pie (clementines pie) Recipe from ZagLeft

This is a recipe for a super sweet pie that will lift the shadows from any cloudy day.  I call it a Cutie Pie because it’s made with Clementines, Cuties California Clementines, specifically and it brought sunshine into our recent gloomy days (weather that is, not emotional).

Cutie Pie Recipe (clementine pie) - ZagLeft

Clementines, also better known as Cuties, have a special spot on our kitchen counter.  Thankfully, they’re the snack of choice on most days for my kids and even for me. We love that they’re so easy to peel, there are no seeds and they are intensely sweet.  And did I mention healthy too?  Yes, it’s a parenting win-win!

I took my my family’s favorite Key Lime Pie recipe and substituted Cuties for the juice.  Why complicate things?   Simple is often best.

I would be lying if I told you I ate only one slice.  I went back for another…and another.  It was just so light and creamy, I couldn’t resist.  And the crust, oh the crust! Made with crushed graham crackers moistened with melted butter and with a little added sugar mixed through.   Then baked in a pie pan to form a crispy bottom layer.

Cutie Pie : ZagLeft

The filling is made by combining zest from the clementines, clementine juice, egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk…I did mention this was a simple recipe, right?

Easy, creamy, soul-satisfying Cutie Pie, sure to brighten up your darkest day.

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Sweet Recipe for a Cutie Pie

This easy as pie recipe for a Cutie Pie is a creamy and soul-satisfying dessert that's sure to brighten up your darkest day! If you love the sweet taste of clementines, you'll love this!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

CRUST

  • 18 whole graham crackers the 4-section large sheets
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter melted

FILLING

  • 1 tablespoon clementine zest Cuties
  • 1/2 cup clementine juice
  • 2 whole egg yolks
  • 14 ounce sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Make the crust:
  • Crush the crackers in a food processor or Ziplock bag. Pour the crumbs into a large bowl and stir in the sugar and melted butter. Press into a pie pan and bake for 5 minutes or until golden and set. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  • For the filling:
  • Mix the clementine zest, clementine juice and egg yolks in a large mixing bowl. Add in the condensed milk and mix until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into the crust and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, allow to cool, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Serve with whipped cream and garnish with clementine sections.

Notes

 
 
This easy as pie recipe for a Cutie Pie is a creamy and soul-satisfying dessert that's sure to brighten up your darkest day!  If you love the sweet taste of clementines, you'll love this!
This easy as pie recipe for a Cutie Pie is a creamy and soul-satisfying dessert that's sure to brighten up your darkest day! If you love the sweet taste of clementines, you'll love this!
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Life can change in a moment.  It can change as quickly as the weather here in Southeast Texas.  We go through each day, repeating the same movements, as if by habit. Then one day, as though bowled over by a brisk wind, we're temporarily knocked off our well-worn tracks.
Temporarily.
As often as we may get knocked down, we get up.  We always get up.  We have to get up.
My husband was laid off from his job last Thursday.  He knew it was coming, though that is not consolation.  As I sit here and think about it, it's still so hard for me to believe.  This has never happened to us before.  We've had ups and downs with EJ's career.  He has quit a job (that is how we ended up in Texas) but not laid off.  My heart goes out to everyone who is out of a job.  But as with most things, I always try to look for the postives in each and every situation.  I know when we look hard enough, many positivies can be found.
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I'm a prayerful person.  Not intensely.  I know I could do better.  But, I'm an asker-of-things-to-God kind of person and I trust.  We knew layoffs were coming and we prayed that;  1)  we didn't get laid off and  2)  IF we did get laid off, that it be what is best for us.   And I sincerely believe this is best for us.
In the past few years, there have been  many changes at the place EJ worked.  Good people before EJ had been let go, very good people.  Many others just left.  It was a high-stress place dealing with uber-intense personalities and it just wasn't healthy.
Even though we're temporarily not employed, it's for the best and I know something better is coming.  In fact, if you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen the picture I posted of the bottle of champagne and two champagne flutes waiting for us outside.  The caption read, "Celebrating a Life Changing Event" - and boy, did I receive a lot of anxious text messages from friends and responses from my wonderful and curious followers on Facebook.  I smiled when I read, "are you pregnant?" and "you're not moving, are you!?".  Your messages made me smile.  Thank you.
Life Changes - Cutie Pie Recipe : ZagLeft
Even though we consider this a little blessing, there's one thing I just can't let go of.  I can't for the life of me understand people who have no integrity - and here I'm referring to lack of integrity in the workplace.
I'm sorry, but indulge me for a moment.  I won't go on a rant, I just want to say this...
People, integrity is so important. It's the stuff good folks are made of.  It's intensely necessary for all of us to have some in order to exist peacefully in this world. When someone can look you in the eyes and act as if nothing bad is going down in the next day and then stick it to you.  That's just plain bad.  It's wrong. Lack of integrity stinks.
Enough said.  I'll move on.
I'll move on to something that will surely lift your spirits as it did ours.  A recipe for a super sweet pie that will lift the shadows off any cloudy day.  I call it a Cutie Pie because it's made with Clementines, Cuties California Clementines, specifically and it brought sunshine into our recent gloomy days (weather that is, not emotional).
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Clementines, also better known as Cuties, have a special spot on our kitchen counter.  Thankfully, they're the snack of choice on most days for my kids and even for me. We love that they're so easy to peel, there are no seeds and they are intensely sweet.  And did I mention healthy too?  Yes, it's a parenting win-win!
I took my my family's favorite Key Lime Pie recipe and substituted Cuties for the juice.  Why complicate things?   Simple is often best.
I would be lying if I told you I ate only one slice.  I went back for another...and another.  It was just so light and creamy, I couldn't resist.  And the crust, oh the crust! Made with crushed graham crackers moistened with melted butter and with a little added sugar mixed through.   Then baked in a pie pan to form a crispy bottom layer.
Cutie Pie : ZagLeft
The filling is made by combining zest from the clementines, clementine juice, egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk...I did mention this was a simple recipe, right?
Easy, creamy, soul-satisfying Cutie Pie, sure to brighten up your darkest day.
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4 thoughts on “Sweet Recipe for a Cutie Pie”

  1. I never would have thought to put cuties on a pie, looks yummy. I am sorry about your husband’s job and especially sorry about the people and situations it sounds like he was dealing with. You are so right about integrity. I hope he is able to find something good soon.

  2. Joanie, I’m sorry that happened to your husband. And I know it can sound cliche to say that it may be the best thing that’s ever happened to y’all. But, I’m hopeful that it is, especially after hearing what his work situation was like. Keeping my fingers crossed that the right and best opportunity is just around the corner.

    Now, for the dessert. I never would have thought to use Cuties in a pie but that sure does look good. I love citrus!

    1. Colleen, Thank you for your kind words. We are actually looking at this as an opportunity and perhaps a blessing in disguise.

      I love citrus too and Cuties are so sweet they were perfect in this dessert!

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