Alligator (pear) pie

 

aligator pie

 

“Give away the green grass, give away the sky, but don’t give away my alligator pie.” ~ Dennis Less

One fateful June afternoon some time ago now, time was tight and I realized I didn’t have any sweetened condensed milk to make my sister’s annual birthday key lime pie. The Internet promised avocados would work as a replacement, but with just four ingredients – avocados, maple syrup, coconut oil and key lime juice, I was skeptical.

Turns out the creaminess of the avocado was a perfect replacement for sweetened condensed milk and it also makes for a much more tart, less teeth achingly-sweet pie.

The coconut oil hardens it all up when it’s in the fridge, and the lime keeps the avocado from turning brown. It’s the easiest pie I’ve ever made – and with a kindergarten teacher for a mom, and Dennis Lee poetry as a childhood staple in our household, making Alligator (Pear) Pie was just too fitting.

In the last over the few years, I’ve discovered the brilliant combination of gingerbread and lime and switched from a store-bought graham cracker crust to a homemade gingersnap crust. It’s so easy – crushed gingerbread cookies with melted butter, pressed into a pie or tart tin. Ta-da!

Read more about my avocado key lime pie (with the recipe!) over on Gastropost!

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