Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Key Lime Pie

First of all, if you've never been to Joe's Stone Crab in Miami - you must go experience the mouth-watering crab there. I want to fly to Miami JUST to eat it. And after you chow down on crab, order yourself some Key Lime Pie. You won't regret it. And they happen to share the recipe. I got it from a friend on my message board.

My SIL Lori and niece Maddie helped me whip up a couple for the 4th of July when we were all in Ellsworth, KS at my MIL and FIL's house on their beautiful farm. I just love going there. And I just love how the women in my husband's family love to cook!

Joe's Stone Crab Famous Key Lime Pie

1 cup and 2 1/2 tbsp graham cracker crumbs
5 tbsp melted unsalted butter
1/3 cup sugar

3 egg yolks
1 1/2 tsp grated zest of 2 limes
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1 cup heavy or whipped cream, chilled
1 tbsp confectioners sugar

Key Lime Pie
Makes 1, 9-inch pie

For the graham cracker crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch pie pan. Break up the graham crackers; place in a food processor and process to crumbs. (If you don't have a food processor, place the crackers in a large plastic bag; seal and then crush the crackers with a rolling pin.) Add the melted butter and sugar and pulse or stir until combined. Press the mixture into the bottom and sides of the pie pan, forming a neat border around the edge. Bake the crust until set and golden, 8 minutes. Set aside on a wire rack; leave the oven on.

For the filing: Meanwhile, in an electric mixer with the wire whisk attachment, beat the egg yolks and lime zest at high speed until very fluffy, about 5 minutes. Gradually add the condensed milk and continue to beat until thick, 3 or 4 minutes longer. Lower the mixer speed and slowly add the lime juice, mixing just until combined, no longer. Pour the mixture into the crust. Bake for 10 minutes or until the filling has just set. Cool on a wire rack, then refrigerate. Freeze for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

For the topping: Whip the cream and the confectioners' sugar until nearly stiff. Cut the pie in wedges and serve very cold, topping each wedge with a large dollop of whipped cream.

And always let your husband lick the bowl! :)

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