Key lime pie
Have you ever had key lime pie? I had it for the first time this summer, and I instantly fell in love. It is the perfect combination of sweet and sour, creamy and crunchy. Yesterday I decided to try to make one myself. I actually though I would fail, but it came out absolutely delicious. Andy (who has had key lime pie many times) even said that it was the best he ever had! And it wasn’t even made with key limes (but “lime pie” just sounds wrong)!
I started out by browsing the internet for an overall idea of how to approach the pie. I started out with this recipe from Ree’s great blog, but I actually ended up changing it quite a bit.
Here’s how I did it:
For the crust you need:
14 Bastogne cookies (they taste like cinnamon and caramelized sugar. If you can’t find them, use any other sugarcookie you like)
75 g./2,5 oz. melted butter
For the filling you need:
1 tablespoon lime zest
0,5 cup/1,3 dl. lime juice
2 egg yolks
1 vanilla bean (or actually only the seeds that have been scraped out)
2,5 dl./1,1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1,5 dl./0,6 cups cream
Turn the oven to 175C/350F.
To make the crust, you need to start by crushing the cookies. If you have a food processer, use that. I don’t have one, so I put the cookies in a plastic bag, and beat them up with a glass until they were pretty evenly crushed. The food processer would work better I think, but the plastic bag method gives the crust a very home-made look. Pour the melted butter over the broken cookies in a bowl, and mix it. Then line a pie pan with the crumbs, using your fingers to press it down. Bake the crust for 5 minutes and let it cool slightly.
To make the filling, mix the lime zest, lime juice, vanilla seeds and egg yolks. Add the cream and the condensed milk to the mix and stir until it is combined.
Pour the filling over the crust, and bake it for 15-20 minutes, or until the filling has set. Cool the pie and place in the fridge for at least an hour. And then it is ready to be eaten. I served it plain with some lime zest sprinkled on top, but some whipped cream wouldn’t hurt either!
And now, I think I will go and have myself a piece!