Let’s make the ultimate Florida dessert extra posh with fresh ginger and an incredible crust that you can make in minutes
This is it.
My all time favorite dessert. I bet you were wondering when I was going to finally post a Key Lime Pie. this is it- the ultimate. The best. Throw out all other recipes.
I don’t want cake on my birthday. I want Key Lime Pie.
I don’t want pastries from a patisserie. I want Key Lime Pie.
I don’t want macaroons, macarons or macadamias. I want Key Lime Pie.
But even my beloved Key Lime Pie needs a little facelift every now and then. I’ve made this pie so sour it’ll turn your face inside out, but the crust so sweet and simple, you’ll want to make this pie over and over and over again.
First the crust:
I took a page from the Tampa Junior League cookbook, Tampa Treasures, and added gingersnaps to the graham cracker crust. Then I added in sweetened coconut to give the crust a bite “chew”. Toss it all in a food processor with melted butter and a dash of salt for a fine crumb, press it into a pie plate and bake for a couple of minutes. Easy.
Don’t have a food processor. Chopped the heck out of the coconut and place everything in a heavy plastic zip top bag or plastic liner form a cereal box (go green!). Pound it with a rolling pin until you have fine crumbs.
Now for the filling.
Honestly, Key Lime Pie is so simple to make. The biggest headache is juicing the tiny Key Limes, which by the way are imported from Mexico. If you have an electric juicer, and you should, it takes maybe 8 minutes to juice a bag of limes. My Oster juicer is 34 years old- wedding present- and still works like a charm. Add to the juice, fresh grated ginger, a can of sweetened condensed milk and four egg yolks.
Pour into the cooled pie shell and bake for 5 minutes- or until the pie is just set. This is really to ensure the egg yolks do not give you food poising, but honestly, the lime juice cooks them- similar to a ceviche.
Cool the pie on a wire rack and chill for at least 4 hours. Pipe on luscious whipped cream and call everyone to the table. The “oooh’s and ahhh’s” you will receive will life your spirits for days.
Then go out and run a couple of miles to burn off the calorie count.
Or don’t – live your life.
Other Citrus treats to try:
- Key Lime Tiramisu
- Calamondin Pie
- Blood Orange Martini
- Classic Lemon Blueberry Tea Cake
- Florida Grapefruit & Cointreau Golden Cake
- Guava Grapefruit Cocktail
Here are the piping tips I used for decorating the pie: Ateco 849 and Wilton 1M. Purchase HERE.
Please for the love of all that is holy do not put Cool Whip or that stuff in the can on this beautiful pie.