Monday, May 12, 2008

TWD florida pie...





WOW! I think I might have died and gone to heaven...hee hee! I love, love, love citrus desserts and was all too pleased when I saw that this weeks recipe was a version of key lime pie that I had never tried before...and will definitely try again.



After last weeks calorie laden torte, I decided to lighten this one up a little. I used a reduced-fat (store bought) graham cracker crust, fat-free sweetened condensed milk, and cut the coconut cream layer down by half. I did, however serve it with fresh sweetened whipped cream instead of the meringue topping...FABULOUS!!



I considered leaving out the coconut cream layer, but am sooooo glad I left it in because it really was scrumptious.



My ONLY qualm with this was that when frozen (as recipe suggests), the key lime filling is terrific, but the coconut cream layer becomes a little chewy and loses it's delicious flavor a little. But, all around this one is a keeper!



Thanks Dianne for a wonderful recipe choice!




florida pie


1 9-inch graham cracker crust, fully baked and cooled, or a store-bought crust


1 1/3 cups heavy cream


1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut


4 large eggs, separated


1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk


1/2 cup fresh Key (or regular) lime juice (from about 5 regular limes)


1/4 cup of sugar



Getting Ready:Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put the pie plate on a baking sheet lined with parchment of a silicone mat.Put the cream and 1 cup of the coconut in a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring almost constantly. Continue to cook and stir until the cream is reduced by half and the mixture is slightly thickened. Scrape the coconut cream into a bowl and set it aside while you prepare the lime filling.Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl beat the egg yolks at high speed until thick and pale. Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat in the condensed milk. Still on low, add half of the lime juice. When it is incorporated, add the reaming juice, again mixing until it is blended. Spread the coconut cream in the bottom of the graham cracker crust, and pour over the lime filling.Bake the pie for 12 minutes. Transfer the pie to a cooling rack and cool for 15 minutes, then freeze the pie for at least 1 hour.To Finish the Pie with Meringue:Put the 4 egg whites and the sugar in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, whisking all the while, until the whites are hot to the touch. Transfer the whites to a stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, or use a hand mixer in a large bowl, and beat the whites at high speed until they reach room temperature and hold firm peaks. Using a rubber spatula, fold the remaining 1/2 cup coconut into the meringue.Spread the meringue over the top of the pie, and run the pie under the broiler until the top of the meringue is golden brown. (Or, if you've got a blowtorch, you can use it to brown the meringue.) Return the pie to the freezer for another 30 minutes or for up to 3 hours before serving.




22 comments:

steph- whisk/spoon said...

what a perfectly cut slice-- that looks fab! i took some calorie cuts, too, and it was still great!

diane said...

Oh baby, that looks fabulous! Cute polka-dot backdrop too!! Where did you get the darling measuring spoons?!

Hygeian Stew said...

That piece of pie looks scrumptious! Glad to know your substitutions worked, it's always nice save a few calories.

mimi said...

lovely pie, i like that the coconut layer is smaller. i didn't freeze mine, just stuck it in the fridge to set.

Cheryl said...

Your pie looks great! Isn't fat-free sweetened condensed milk the best? I've never been able to tell a difference.

Next time I'm going to do a whipped cream topping instead of meringue, too. Mine wept all over the place. : (

Heather said...

I love your pictures and your pie! Delicious!

Christine said...

Your pie looks delicious! Love the pictures and glad that you enjoyed it!

CB said...

So glad you liked it! Great pic pic!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Mara said...

yours has that amazing yellow color...i love it!!! i wasn't sure about the coconut cream either but i guess it works.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your pie looks gorgeous! Great job!

Natalie said...

I wasn't sure I'd like the coconut cream layer, but it was maybe my favorite part. Lovely slice!

i'm kelly said...

oh! this sounds heavenly! it's definitely going to the top of the list!

Gretchen Noelle said...

I love that last slice! the thin coconut layer and the lime layers are so distinct! Great job! Glad you enjoyed it!

Shari said...

Your slice of pie looks perfect!

Bumblebutton said...

Your pie is so nice and yellow! Great tricks to lighten it up a bit--since joining TWD, butter and cream consumption at my house has skyrocketed!

Marie said...

Your pie turned out fabulous! I did not get that much contrast in colour between the coconut cream and the lime filling. I love how yours looks!

ostwestwind said...

Your pie looks great, nothing more to say.
Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Jayne said...

Your pie looks delicious! And I'm with you - I thought this was a fabulous recipe!

Dianne said...

It looks fabulous! Glad you enjoyed the pie.

RecipeGirl said...

It's SO pretty!

Melissa said...

Looks fabulous!

Jaime said...

i totally missed the part about freezing the pie - guess it was good that i did!

your pie looks fabulous!