Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican national holiday, is celebrated with parades, festivals and dances. The holiday recognizes the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862, in which Mexican troops defeated the invading French forces of Napoleon III.
Serve a luscious dessert based on Mexican ingredients, Margarita Pie, as part of this festive occasion. Margaritas are one of the most well-known Mexican drinks--a tasty contrast of sweet and salty. Margarita Pie has an unusual pretzel crust reminiscent of the salty rim of the glass in the drink. The easy-as-pie filling includes sweetened condensed milk, tequila, lime juice and whipped cream.
The tartness of the lime juice adds a flavor contrast and it thickens the sweetened condensed milk into a creamy soft but firm-enough-to-cut filling. For a soothing hot weather dessert, freeze Margarita Pie for a more ice cream-like texture. Garnishes could include dollops of whipped cream with mini pretzels or a simple twist of lime.
1 1/4 cups finely crushed pretzels
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup lime juice
3 to 4 tablespoons tequila