Bill Smith's Atlantic Beach Pie

READY IN: 34mins
Recipe by Fran6

From NPR's program All Things Considered, April 11, 2013. Use either lime or lemon juice or a combination. The recipe calls for 1 1/2 sleeves saltine crackers but that "measurement" was not accepted. Not having any in the house, I Googled it and found that there are 38-40 crackers per sleeve.

Top Review by principessa908

Made this for a "Pi day" contest at my boyfriend's office. Out of 15 pies, it won! This was one of the easiest desserts i've ever made, ever. The recipe definitely didn't make too much, I used an 8 or 9" pie plate. I used mostly fresh lemon juice, as I only had 2 lemons in my fridge, and used a lime juice squeeze bottle for the rest. My boyfriend was in charge of crumbling the crackers and didn't make them fine enough, so the crust didn't really hold together well, so make sure they are crumbs, but not dust (too small), and not shards (too big). I didn't even get to try any of the pie :-( but everyone loved it! I hope he saved me a piece!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Crush crackers finely but not to dust. use food processor or your hands. Add sugar, then knead in butter until crumbs hold together like dough. Press into 8" pie pan. Chill 15 minutes, then bake 18 minute or until crust colors a little.
  3. While crust is cooling (it doesn't need to be cold), beat egg yolks into milk, then beat in citrus juice until completely combined. Pour into shell and bake 16 minutes until filling has set. Chill completely before slicing. Serve with fresh whipped cream and a sprinkling of sea salt.

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