Monday, June 21, 2010

frozen key lime pie

This is one of my favorite Barefoot Contessa desserts. (They're all good!) I made this for Kevin for Father's Day. He is really picky about dessert- but is a key lime fan- and I have been craving anything lemon or lime, so it worked out well for us both. The recipe comes from Ina's Family Style book, and is perfectly refreshing for summer. And I'm about to go eat the leftovers.

For the crust: *I multiply these amounts a bit, to make a thicker crust... he's picky, remember?*
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) *I find this actually takes about 8 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 pie pan, making sure the sides and the bottom are an even thickness. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

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. Pour into the baked pie shell and freeze several hours or overnight.
*If you're concerned about raw eggs like me, whisk yolks with half of the lime juice over a double broiler until they reach 140 degrees, then proceed with the recipe.

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.


Jennifer said...

Excited to try this! Have to wait until it cools down a bit here...we don't have A/C and try not to use the oven. :)

mel @ the larson lingo said...

I am seriously tempted to drive to your house right now to get a slice of this. It looks SO refreshing! I will be making this soon! And, my neighbor has a big lime tree, score!

Janna said...

I love key lime pie, and your photos are making me hungry.

L. Shanna said...

I didn't realize I was having this craving until you mentioned it... looks amazing.

Courtney said...

Love key lime pie! I'll have to try this. Thanks!

Val said...

Yum!! I have made this a few times and it is truly delish.

ListPlanIt said...

Just visiting from Mama Manifesto. I love the look of this pie! I am going to have to make one of these this weekend.

Also, I wanted to mention, that we also have 3 C's: Campbell (girl, 8), Clark (boy, 7), and Claire (girl, 5). We're done though. Have you decided on your 4th name? Will it be a C? Seems like it would have to be, right? Nice to meet you!


Julie @ Joy's Hope said...

Love it. Want it. Need it in order to redeem the HIDEOUS POISON that was a "key lime cupcake" that I ate at a grad banquet. Pretty sure the lime was just powdered jello poured on top. The. Worst. Dessert. Ever.

Tegan and Tage said...

Welcome to my pregnancy! Mmm... citrus...

I'm pretty sure I tell you this at least once a month, but I still constantly crave your blood orange/vanilla bean cheesecake.

Kevin better have appreciated that amazing key lime pie!

Kelli said...

Just found your blog and it's adorable. I just made my first key lime pie for my husband for Father's day. I did cheat and buy the lime juice! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

lindsey said...

YUM! I love that you made it in a tart pan. So pretty! We have a lime tree in the backyard so I will definitely give this a go!

blueskiesandgreenlights said...

That is my favorite dessert EVER!!!! Your take on it in a tart pan looks so yummy!!! I am definitely going to have to try it out.