13.5.08

twd: florida lime pie

lime time

for this week's tuesdays with dorie, dianne of dianne's dishes choose the lovely dorie variation on the classic key lime pie. after all the more rich peanut butter tortes out there last week, i was really looking forward to everyone's light, refreshing lime pies.

limes

the variation here is the coconut cream layer on the bottom, plus the coconut meringue. i like coconut, but i'm not a fan, i really wouldn't go out of my way for it. so i chose to only do the cream layer. and because i'm even less of a fan of meringue, i also chose to do a simple whipped cream for garnish (although i have to admit i walked away while the lovely KA was whipping, and i came back to almost butter, woops!) i also added a little bit of zest to the filling because i am a firm believer that limey things should be puckery tart!

squeezed

highlights

even though graham cracker crusts are easy enough to make, dorie says that she usually just buys a store crust. well, if it's good enough for dorie, it's darn good enough for moi! especially when i find myself at 22:30 on monday night just starting to make this thing! to make myself feel a little better, i opted for an organic crust. it was 9" but maybe a little shallow because with the cream layer and lime filling, it went right up to the top.

coconut cream layer
coconut cream

i wasn't terribly fond of the coconut cream layer, but mr. mimi liked this pie lot. then again, you'd be hard put to find a sweet treat that mr. mimi doesn't like! just kiddin' hunny!! but i prefer the full tartness of a classic key lime pie. if i were to make this one over again, i probably would at least toast the coconut first.

i really wanted to make candied lime slices and rim around the crust, but again, the 22:30 on a monday night kind of made that a no-go. i hope someone else did, because i'd love to see how it looks! to catch up with all the other TWD bakers, check out here.

dorie's florida lime pie

florida lime pie: serves 8
adapted from dorie's baking (2006, p. 340)

1 9" graham cracker crust
1 1/3 cups heavy cream
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
4 large eggs yolks
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh key (or regular) lime juice (from about 5 regular limes)
1 tb of fresh lime zest

1. preheat oven to 350F. put pie plate on baking sheet lined with parchment.

2. on medium low, heat the cream and coconut in small saucepan. bring to boil, stir almost constantly. continue to cook and stir until the cream is reduced by half and mixture is slightly thickened. set aside.

3. with mixer and paddle attachment, beat egg yolks at high speed until thick and pale. reduce to low and beat in condensed milk. add half of the lime juice and mix. add the remaining juice and zest and mix until well incorporated.

4. spread coconut cream layer in bottom of pie pan. pour lime filling on top.

5. bake pie for 14-16 minutes (should look set but still a little quivery; this time is longer because i didn't use the meringue). transfer to cooling rack, let cool completely, and then refrigerate until cold or next day. serve with dollop of fresh cream!

close-up

whipped cream

a lovely slice

43 comments:

  1. Your pie looks delectable. Very pretty with the cream stars.

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  2. 22:30 on monday--cuttin' it close! :)

    you obviously did a good job...that looks like a perfect slice of pie! i wish i had added zest to mine, like you did.

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  3. Turned out beautifully.

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  4. It looks fabulous! I like the idea of candied lime peel too.

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  5. it looks beautiful & delicious! love your photos.

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  6. Candied lime peel would have been fabulous on this! Hopefully you have an occasion to use that idea, but your pie looks beautiful without it!

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  7. Your border looks very clean and neat. This is how I prefer it, without all the fluff on top.

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  8. Your pie looks absolutely beautiful!
    Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

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  9. OMG! That Florida Pie looks gorgeous and ever so delicious! Nice pictures by the way!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  10. perfect pie! Looks soo good! Great job!

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  11. Your pie looks beautiful!

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  12. Your pie looks delicious! Great pics

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  13. Looks like my previous comment got lost while my computer was going crazy on me:) so, here comes Take 2. thanks for your comment you left on my blog! I am glad to have discovered yours too! Just subscribed to you and you are officially in my blogroll:)

    Great looking pie! And wow, you are one talented photographers!

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  14. ooohh that whipped cream piped border is so purdy! Great job!
    Clara @ I♥food4thought

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  15. Your pie looks just perfect! Great job!

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  16. Nice to see the lemon layer on top. Great colors in your background.

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  17. your pie looks fab - much thicker than mine so perhaps i flubbed? i love the photos of the squeezed limes - very artsy!
    drop by and say Hi to my blog - I am brand new here!

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  18. Such pretty little rosettes, and GREAT photos!

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  19. It looks great! I love that you used the zest, great idea.

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  20. I think the whipped cream edge looks very sophisticated! Very nice job!

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  21. Oh wow, this looks awesome. I love the close up picture of the limes.

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  22. Oh wow, this looks awesome. I love the close up picture of the limes.

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  23. Your pie turned out beautifully. Love the rosettes!

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  24. Looks delicious! I love the swirls of whipped cream!

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  25. I like your idea of adding zest to your pie. Your close-up shots of the key limes are wonderful!

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  26. Your photos are so beautiful! Loved your post.

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  27. I almost opted for the store bought too...

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  28. My goodness, this looks fantastic. I'm a sucker for anything citrus, I want a slice, please! ;)

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  29. A beautiful pie. I like the idea of the whipped cream border too.

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  30. That piece of pie looks so good!! I think that I can actually hear it calling my name for breakfast! ha!

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  31. Your pie looks lovely! I love the colour of it! Just beautiful!

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  32. Beautiful pic and yummy looking pie! I'm drooling... ;-)

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  33. i love that photo of limes! awesome. I've lived in FL for 6 years now and have never attempted to make Key Lime Pie yet. Time to try this summer!

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  34. It looks great. Love the edging of whipped cream.

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  35. Even if you weren't crazy about it, that's one pretty looking pie!

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  36. Beautiful pie! The slices are cut so nice and clean! I wanted candied lime wedges too, the kind the candy store sells. Not the crappy kind, the gourmet slices. But really, who has the time to do such things?
    Great job!
    Donna
    Spatulas & Corkscrews

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  37. It looks great! I love the way you added your whipped cream to the pie. Beautiful!

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  38. The whipped cream looks very pretty (and tasty :)!

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  39. Gorgeous photos! Your pie looks heavenly - but I especially like that side shot of the squeezed limes, with all the bits of translucent pulp sticking up. Really nice.

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  40. It's pure torture looking at your pictures. They are so delectable--I want to eat that puckery slice of pie so much!

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  41. beautiful pie! i added zest the second time i made it and i thought it was better :)

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