Saturday, May 10, 2008

Florida Pie: My Tuesday With Dorie Session


This week's Tuesday with Dorie baking project is called Florida Pie, which is key lime pie with a twist from
Dorie--she adds coconut in the form of a coconut cream (heavy cream cooked down with coconut). She says you can substitute regular limes, but not here in Florida, right? That would be some form of heresy, especially when key limes are so easy to get here (and mostly imported from Mexico these days, by the way...)












I keep being surprised by how easy Dorie makes the recipes...Easy steps, the right order...I
started with the crust--homemade, even though in the notes, Dorie says she buys store-bought, but that wasn't going to cut it, especially after my pebble Oreo crust last week. I did the graham crackers in the processor (I guess it's not THAT hard to clean, right?)...Bake and freeze, except I have a side-by-side fridge/freezer in this apartment. This has to be the stupidest invention ever (GE? Are you hearing me? No more side by sides, really.)--my pie plate wouldn't fit into the freezer-until I tilted it and forced it...

Once I got the crust into the freezer, I turned to juicing a pound of key limes...(that would make about 1 1/4 cups juice)...Here is my mise en place...I don't think I made any measuring errors this week.












Reducing the cream with coconut in it, then letting it cool...moving on to whipping the yolks with the sweetened condensed milk and juice..Coconut cream onto the bottom of the crust, topped with the yolk and lime juice custard. Bake 12 minutes...Cool slightly, return to freezer...

The meringue is interesting--Dorie has you cook it (for safety's sake, I am sure) then whip it to stiff peaks. Gently fold in remaining coconut

I am taking the pie to a get together this evening, but in the line of duty to the blog, we took a slice out of it...you know, to photograph it...well, and..you know, to taste it. My cutting skills need work, I guess...but that first piece is always tough!












Anyway, Ian, Bryn and I shared the tastes of that first piece...An excellent key lime pie, we all agreed. I love the texture--and the taste--of the coconut in this pie, but I find myself wishing I'd toasted the coconut for the meringue instead of stirring it into the the meringue...next time, that will be the way I make it (I DO have all that extra key lime juice, after all...maybe I'll have to make it to take into the magazine again...)

20 comments:

CRS said...

Looks awesome!

Jess said...

Looks amazing! Maybe I'll try toasting my coconut for the meringue tomorrow. I am also cursed with a side-by-side fridge/freezer so I feel your pain.

Lisa Thibault said...

Looks fabulous and tasty. The meringue is so beautiful!

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CB said...

Your pie looks yummy! where do you live? Is it tuesday there already? ;)
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Mara said...

that looks amazing...nice on the toasting too! i am not sure about the merengue topping as i don't like merengue, so i might improvise.

lemontartlet said...

The pie looks great! It's a little early though yeah? Tuesday ain't quite here yet, although that pie sure looks tasty enough not to want to wait!

Babette said...

Ack! I am apparently early-- so Sorry, guys. I WILL catch on. I promise...last week I posted on Wednesday or Thursday and didn't get chastised for being late; didn't realize I was committing a faux pas by going so early.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

looks delish!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Great looking pie! Lovely job!

Natalie said...

Looks lovely! I haven't done the meringue on mine yet (yep, I'm a late, late slacker!) but I hope mine turns out as well as yours.

ostwestwind said...

A delicious looking pie. I had to use any limes available in Northern Germany!

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Christine said...

Your pictures are amazing! Next time I will try toasting my coconut. Your pie looks great!

C.L. said...

pics are great! What a yummy looking pie!

dorie said...

The pie looks so good -- I hope your friends will enjoy it. And about the side-by-side fridge/freezer -- aarrrgh. I've got one (actually, two) also, and am forever trying to figure out ways to tilt and caddy-corner pans and usually failing.

Marie said...

wonderful pie Babette! I love the toasted coconut!

Annemarie said...

Really nice job!

Dianne said...

Looks great!

Jaime said...

your pie looks great! it's funny you mentioned it, b/c i just noticed this week when i was making the pie that my limes were from mexico :)

Brady said...

Babette!
Have to say, the Pie WAS amazing. I like the toasted coconut idea. However, had you not said anything, I wouldn't have thought of it. I think it would be a whole different flavor if the c-nut were toasted. In my opinion, the blend of flavors was well done. Now, how about some of those ice cream sandwiches!!!!