Psychiatric Soiree: Key Lyme Somatoform Pie

Somatoform disorders are the general category of disorders unique to psychosomatic medicine (my field), in which psychological factors present as physical symptoms. That doesn’t really translate into snacks, so this is more of a joke on the *word* somatoform, because I used a ginberbread man cutter to make somatic forms of the pie (haha?) I used Key Lime pie to make a reference to Lyme disease, one of the infectious diseases that acutely can have neuropsychiatric manifestations, and it has been hypothesized to possibly have chronic effects. Also because tart is my favorite flavor 🙂

key lyme man


  • 28 oz  can sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 generous cup Key lime juice
  • Graham crackers (2 sleeves)
  • 2 TB butter
  • Whipped topping if desired


  • Set oven to 350 F
  • Use a flat baking pan to make a shape more like bars than pie, to facilitate cut-outs
  • Send graham crackers through the blender; line the baking pan with graham crumbs and dot with butter
  • Bake for 5 minutes
  • Whisk together condensed milk, yolks, and juice
  • Pour this mixture over the graham cracker crumbs
  • Bake 15-20 minutes or until just set
  • Allow to cool
  • Serve with a gingerbread man cookie cutter (or other shape of your choice) and let people cut out their pieces
  • Serve with whipped topping on the side if desired (I had some of the leftovers with the mascarpone/whipped cream mix from the tiramisu and it was perfect)

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