Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Those of you out there with children know exactly what I mean when I say that you and your significant other have a "stolen moment". On Mothers Day a beautiful thing happened. Besides getting the wonderful homemade gift from my five year old, which I have to say was so fitting... a card made by her with a little paper mug inside and two tea bags. Tea for her and me. How sweet is that? I also received kind of a mini date with my husband. No planning involved just an innovative grab for a moment that usually never happens.
I was finishing up Dorie Greenspan's lovely Florida Pie and I had an idea. Just so happened it was after my kids were in bed. Usually I want them up when I finish making dessert so that they can enjoy it. The pie came out of the the freezer and I said wow what a gorgous set up I could make for this pie. I had received pink roses for Mother's Day and they would just be so nice on a table set for my husband and I. Here's to hoping that the pie set up nice. And it did. What a great pie! Of coure limes are one of my all time favorites.

See the beautiful layers. Great pie Dorie. You totally turned up the volume on a Key Lime Pie! So glad you did!

Check out all the blogger's on Tuesday with Dorie for their rendition. We have some talented people in the group.


1 9-inch graham cracker crust (page 235), fully baked and cooled, or a store-bought crust
1 1/3 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
4 large eggs, seperated
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh Key (or regular) lime juice (from about 5 regular limes)
1/4 cup of sugar

Getting Ready:

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put the pie plate on a baking sheet lined with parchment of a silicone mat.

Put the cream and 1 cup of the coconut in a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring almost constantly. Continue to cook and stir until the cream is reduced by half and the mixture is slightly thickened. Scrape the coconut cream into a bowl and set it aside while you prepare the lime filling.

Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl beat the egg yolks at high speed until thick and pale. Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat in the condensed milk. Still on low, add half of the lime juice. When it is incorporated, add the reaming juice, again mixing until it is blended. Spread the coconut cream in the bottom of the graham cracker crust, and pour over the lime filling.

Bake the pie for 12 minutes. Transfer the pie to a cooling rack and cool for 15 minutes, then freeze the pie for at least 1 hour.

To Finish the Pie with Meringue:

Put the 4 egg whites and the sugar in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, whisking all the while, until the whites are hot to the touch. Transfer the whites to a stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, or use a hand mixer in a large bowl, and beat the whites at high speed until they reach room temperature and hold firm peaks. Using a rubber spatula, fold the remaining 1/2 cup coconut into the meringue.

Spread the meringue over the top of the pie, and run the pie under the broiler until the top of the meringue is golden brown. (Or, if you've got a blowtorch, you can use it to brown the meringue.) Return the pie to the freezer for another 30 minutes or for up to 3 hours before serving.


Hygeian Stew said...

Your pie looks great, glad you had a nice mother's day moment.

Anonymous said...

You really have a knack for setting things up. What a great looking pie for your rendevous!

Engineer Baker said...

Wow - you have waaay more meringue than I had, but it looks beautiful! Perfect for one of those few moments :)

ostwestwind said...

Your pie looks absolutely great and delicious! I know what you mean with stolen moments ;-)

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Heather said...

Yea for mini dates! Your pie looks great!

ostwestwind said...

Lori, just click on this link or on the US/UK flag button and you can read my post in English! And if you go to the end of the post, there is a button to the Englisch post again!

Thanks for stopping by

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Christine said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Great looking pie!

Tarah said...

Your pie looks delicious!

I didn't particapate this week. Me being a Floridan, I have Key Lime Pie (Florida Pie) all the time.. :]

I love how you have green plates for the Key Lime Pie. So cute :]

CB said...

Your table set up is so adorable. What a fabulous environment to enjoy the pie of your labors. Great job!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

kim said...

the layers in your pie look beautiful! glad you had such a nice mothers day :)

giz said...

Aren't those moments just something else. You can have a lifetime of crap and it's the one special moment you'll remember always.

Shari said...

Your layers look perfect. Nice to have a moment as a couple!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Lovely job and how wonderful to enjoy this on a special day!

Jayne said...

I know what you mean - I have two small children and my husband and I have to grab our moments when we can. Your table looks so nice - and I love those placemats! Great job with the pie, too!

Sharon said...

Your layers look great! Yum!

Dianne's Dishes said...

Your pie looks wonderful. I'm glad you had a great Mother's Day too. :)

Melissa said...

Stolen time is wonderful!

cruisingkitty said...

I love your pie! It's so luscious and creamy looking. Nice meringue too!
Donna @ Spatulas & Corkscrews

Jaime said...

i love how you can see each of the layers so well!