Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
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Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients:

For the pastry:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 to 3 Tbs. ice water, or as needed
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For the lime curd:

  • 5 eggs
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup Key lime juice
  • 12 Tbs. (1 1/2 sticks) softened unsalted butter,
      cut into 1-inch pieces
  •   

For the meringue:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Directions:

To make the pastry, in the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, salt and sugar and pulse once to mix. Add the butter and shortening and process in short pulses to form pea-size crumbs, 20 to 25 seconds. While pulsing, gradually add the water to form larger, moist crumbs, 10 seconds more. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and, with floured hands, shape the mixture into a flat disk. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or as long as overnight.

To make the lime curd, in the top pan of a double boiler or in a nonreactive saucepan, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, milk and salt until blended. Then whisk in the Key lime juice. Set the top pan over but not touching simmering water in the bottom pan, or set the saucepan over medium-low heat. (If using a saucepan, take care not to heat the mixture too quickly.) Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spatula or spoon, until the mixture is warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Begin adding the butter a little at a time, stirring each addition until blended before adding more. Continue cooking, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the pan, until a finger drawn across the back of the spatula leaves a path, 8 to 10 minutes more. Immediately remove the pan from the heat. Pass the curd through a chinois set over a nonreactive bowl and let cool to room temperature.

Preheat an oven to 425°F.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry into a 12-inch round, about 1⁄8 inch thick. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie dish, fit the dough into the dish and trim the edges, leaving a 1⁄2-inch overhang. Fold under the excess dough and, using your thumb, decoratively flute the edges.

Line the bottom of the pie shell with parchment paper and fill the center with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 12 minutes, then remove the parchment paper and weights. Continue baking until the pastry is golden and flaky, 10 to 12 minutes more. Transfer the pie dish to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes.

Reduce the heat to 350°F. Pour the curd into the pie shell. Bake until the curd is set around the edges but still a little loose in the center, 30 to 35 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the meringue: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 1 minute. Increase the speed to high, add the sugar 1 Tbs. at a time, and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 4 minutes more.

Spread the meringue over the hot filling to the edges of the pastry. Bake until the top is golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer the pie to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Dip a knife in hot water to cut slices. Serves 8.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best of the best scratch key-lime pie! I was looking for something to beef up the old Good Housekeeping Cookbook's pastry recipe and this crust was the one with the added sugar and butter. I love the pastry vs graham cracker crust and all I do different is add a 1/2 tbsp if key-lime zest each to the pastry and the filling - I also garnish with the zest over the meringue after the pie is fully baked. Bravo!
Date published: 2014-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Best Key Lime Pie Recipe! This made-from-scratch Key Lime Pie recipe is amazing! Absolutely the best key lime pie ever - made it for my husband's birthday and he and guests raved. The pie crust is exceptional (will now use for all pies!) and the pie custard itself is melt-in-your mouth rich, smooth and delicious. This is definitely a keeper. My husband prefers whipped cream so I used whipped heavy whipping cream instead of making the meringue. Topped the whipped cream with confetti sprinkles and candles. It was beautiful and festive as well as delicious!
Date published: 2012-12-21
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