Sunday, June 24, 2012

key lime pie with my blue eyed girls

only during the lazy days of summer
would i feel it necessary to document the making of a key lime pie 
with no less than 74 images.
so i apologize in advance but i just couldn't help myself.

we're in a farmers market co-op & each month eagerly await the surprise
of what the "one who's turn it is to go" will bring home.
this month we ended up with a plethora of limes.
other than making margaritas for the neighborhood
i thought a couple of key lime pies would be the way to go.

madison & caroline are always up for a day in the kitchen 
so off we went for all the rest of our ingredients.
my girlfriend kasey recommended a couple tsp of lemon curd 
be added to our whipping cream
& that indeed was a fantastic tip!

& yes. 4 sticks of butter are involved when making 
not one , but two graham cracker crusts.
hate me.

she may be starting the sixth grade
but thankfully
she still stands on tip toes.

competition on who made the best crust.
their idea. not mine.

didn't realize that our mini spatula might have lost a tiny little edge
in the food processor.
oh well. crusts were already baking by that point.
 a little extra fiber, right?

& ta-da
homemade key lime pies for dessert!

Key lime pie
  • 3/4 pound graham crackers
  • 4 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 sticks melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 can (14 ounces) condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup fresh Key lime juice
  • 1 lime , grated zest
  • 1 cup heavy or whipping cream , chilled
  • 2 Tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
To make graham cracker crust: Preheat the oven to 325°.
Break up the graham crackers, place in a food processor and process to crumbs. Add the melted butter, sugar and salt and pulse until combined. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch pie pan, forming an even layer on the bottom, sides and edge. Bake the crust for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the crust to cool.
To make filling: While the crust is resting, in an electric mixer with the wire whisk attachment, whip the egg yolks and lime zest at high speed until fluffy, or 5 to 6 minutes. Gradually add the condensed milk and continue to whip until thick, 3 to 4 minutes longer. Lower the mixer speed and slowly add the lime juice until incorporated.
Pour the mixture into the crust and bake for 15 minutes, or until the filling has just set. Cool on a wire rack, and then refrigerate for 20 minutes.
To make topping: Whip the cream, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until nearly stiff. Evenly spread the whipped cream on top of the pie, and place in the freezer for 20 minutes prior to serving.


Debby said...

Love all the pictures and now I want a piece of that pie. So cute how the girls work together. I remember Little Bit on those tippy toes before. Does she stand like that all the time. So funny.....she's a born dancer.

The BirdHouse said...

Seriously!?!?!?! You have the nerve to post a picture of those cute forks and polka dot plates and not tell us where to get some for ourselves??

Susan R said...

Okay...a couple of two or three things here.
1. Someone is spending an awful lot of time in Anthro. I think I spotted an apron, measuring cups, I missing something.
2. Love Lil' Bit on those tippy toes, always have.
3. Is Brinkly hoping something will accidentally drop on the floor? I love that he gets in on the baking day too.
4. Maybe I would like the pie if the lemon curd was in it too. Sorry, I haven't met a Key Lime Pie I've liked yet. It seems too bitter.
5. I can sit down with a spoon and eat an entire can of Sweetened Condensed Milk.

Simply Me Art said...

My Favorite Pie! Two Gorgeous Girls too. Love it, Im borrowing the Recipe.

Bethanie said...

mmmm....I have lemons just dying to be made into a pie...I've been inspired! Love little bits tip toes...I think she'll stand like that all her life, little dancer! I would wear that apron to church...might be a little breezie, but that is the cutest ever!!!

Sandra White said...

Where did you get the cute measuring cups?

Jboo said...

Wow -- what great bakers! Hope something chocolate is up next! :)

3 Peanuts said...

ADORABLE:) We love key lime pie here too:)

3 Peanuts said...

P.S. My what cute baking/eating accessories you have;)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...


Kelli said...

Yum YUM! Such beautiful girls :)

Alecia said...

Love all the're a girl after my own heart...I love to snap some me some pics! :-)

Can't wait to try the recipe...with this Oklahoma heat it would be very refreshing!

traci said...

my favorite pie!!!! and i love the step by step photos!!! sorry my comments will be light. i am at the cabin and don't have internet. i have to visit mcdonalds to get it.