Thursday, March 14, 2013

Key Lime Pie

It's been a while hasn't it?

I would say sorry.  But that would be untrue.  How could I be sorry about spending a week lounging/eating/drinking with my parents in the sunny land of Naples, Florida and then jetting up to snowy Vermont to sit by the fire and enjoy the company of friends during my last Spring Break ever?  I couldn't.  Oh and did you catch that last word?  Last Spring Break...Ever.

It's been an unbelievable last hurrah but why can't the real world have Spring Breaks?  It only seems fair.

But I probably shouldn't hold my breath on that one.



As some of you may already know...it's Pi Day!  You know...the whole 3.14/March 14th thing...right?  So naturally I had to share a pie with you.  What kind of themed food lover would I be if I didn't give you a pie recipe today?



I also have to dedicate this pie to Miss Ashley from The Uniqueness of Being.  She has begged and begged and begged for me to make her a Key Lime Pie.  She even requested it as her birthday treat.  And like a good friend...I never made it for her.  Which I completely blame on the fact that key limes aren't exactly available during winter in New England.  And that she abandoned me for Missouri.  But either way...I owe this girl a pie.

And this is the one she will get.  One of these days.  It's go weak in the knees good.  Perfectly tart.  Matched by the sweetness of the cream.  A magical crust.  Seriously.  You can't go wrong here.  And guess what.  I have even better news.  After doing some research...I have found that "Key Limes" aren't necessary!  If you can't find a bag of those adorable little limes just use regular limes and it will still be delicious!

Promise.



Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

Makes: One 9-inch pie
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes (active) + 4 hours (inactive)

{Printable Recipe}

Ingredients:
for the filling-
4 teaspoons grated lime zest
4 egg yolks
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lime juice

for the graham cracker crust-
9 graham crackers, pulverized into crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

for the whipped cream-
1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. To make the filling-Whisk the lime zest and egg yolks in a medium bowl for 2 minutes until frothy.  Whisk in the sweetened condensed milk and the lime juice.  Set aside at room temperature to let it thicken while you prepare the crust.
  3. To make the crust-In a medium bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs and granulated sugar.  While stirring with a fork, slowly drizzle in melted butter.  Mix until all of the dry ingredients are moistened.  Transfer the crumbs to a 9-inch pie plate and evenly press the crumbs in the bottom of the pan and up the sides.  Bake until the crust is fragrant, about 15-18 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool to room temperature.
  4. Once the crust has cooled to room temperature, pour the filling into the crust.  Bake until the center is set, yet slightly jiggly in the middle, about 15 minutes.  Return the pie to a wire rack; cool to room temperature.  Refrigerate until well-chilled, at least 3 hours.
  5. To make the whipped cream-Using an electric mixer, whip the cream on medium speed until soft peaks form.  Add powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time while continuing to whip the cream until stiff peaks form.  Decorate the pie with whipped cream and garnish with lime slices.











8 comments:

  1. oh my goodness...this looks amazing! Lime is my favourite flavour anything. I have to make this. It's nice to see a key lime pie recipe without gelatine :) Thanks for sharing this sweetie!

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  2. I can't believe you only got one comment on this post- looks absolutely delectable.

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  3. My pie is baking! Thanks for sharing. . cannot wait to indulge.

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  4. This key lime pie was delicious! Made it today using key limes my sister brought back from Key West. Easy to follow and great directions. Thanks so much for this great recipe!

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    1. What a sister you have!! I'm sure the pie was absolutely delicious with those fresh key limes! Glad you enjoyed it!!

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  5. Had the pie tonight after dinner. Perfect for a summer evening. Delicious.

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  6. I'm going to make this in the morning for my friend for her birthday. It sounds divine!
    PS: I love to see young people baking! Your pics are beautiful, and my daughter thinks your hair is cute!

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