This is a delicious and easy pie to make for Easter. The only problem I had with this recipe was my grocery store doesn't stock key limes only regular; but it still tasted awesome. Key limes are much smaller then regular so I only needed 3 large limes for the recipe... I would use 4 if they are medium size. However, if you have access to key limes (lucky you) I would definitely use them and keep the pie authentic to the name! I just love Barefoot Contessa's recipes...they always turn out great.

Frozen Key Lime Pie
Adapated from Barefoot Contessa

For the pie crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (10 crackers)
1/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:
6 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons grated lime zest
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 to 5 limes)

For the decoration:
1 cup (1/2 pint) cold heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Thin lime wedges
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the crust, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a bowl. Press into a 9-inch pyrex pie pan, making sure the sides and the bottom are an even thickness. Bake for 10 minutes until firm and golden. Allow to cool completely. (I cheated and used a premade pie crust)...

Seperate your eggs and save the whites for an omlet in the morning...

For the filling, beat the egg yolks and sugar on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment for 5 minutes, until thick.

With the mixer on medium speed, add the condensed milk, lime zest,

and lime juice.

and mix until combined...

Pour into the baked pie shell and freeze.

For the decoration, beat the heavy cream on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat until firm. Spoon or pipe decoratively onto the pie and decorate with lime. Freeze for several hours or overnight.

Note: If you have concerns about raw eggs, combine the yolks with 1/2 cup of the lime juice used in the recipe in a double boiler. Whisk constantly over medium heat until the mixture reaches 140 degrees. Use in place of the raw egg yolks, remembering to add the remaining 1/4 cup of lime juice to the filling mixture along with the condensed milk and zest.


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