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Sunday, 10 February 2008

Key Lime Pie

It’s been a beautiful sunny weekend here in my part of the U.K. so I thought a sunny dessert would be in keeping. I decided to make a Key Lime Pie, which originated in the Florida Keys, America. I vaguely remember learning that condensed milk was used in this pie, because at times it was difficult to buy fresh milk/cream due to the isolation before the railroad. What a great invention Key Lime Pie is and some pies can be found with a meringue topping too. A great invention from our friends across the water!

I adore the sweet and tangy flavour of this pie and it’s a very huge hit with my family members. It’s not dissimilar to a cheesecake in texture some Key Lime Pies are unbaked while others are baked for a very short time.

Key Lime Pie

I thought I would try to source out a recipe and found one by Momma Cherry – “Charita Jones” U.K.T.V.Food. Momma Cherry originates from the U.S.A. who runs her own business selling “Soul in a Bowl” in Brighton, England, after hitting the lime light from a television programme by Gordon Ramsay.

I have altered Momma Cherri’s recipe a little with my own tinkering but you can find her original recipe here [link]

A slice of Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie


For The Pie Crust
200g (8 oz) digestive biscuits
100g (4 oz) melted butter
1 tsp ground ginger
For The Filling
397g can of condensed milk - I used nestle
3 large egg yolks
5 limes, grated zest of 3 and juice of 5
1 lemon, juice only
To Serve
Ice cream or crème fraiche
Thin slices of lime and a little lime zest

You will need a 20cm (8 in) loose-based cake tin


Preheat oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/400°F/Gas mark 6.

For the piecrust, either place all the digestive biscuits in a plastic bag and with a rolling pin crush them until they resemble breadcrumbs or place into a food processor and whiz with the metal blade until they are like breadcrumbs. Place the biscuit crumbs into a mixing bowl and add the melted butter and ground ginger, stirring to combine together.

Place into the 20cm (8 in) loose-based cake tin and with your hand or a wooden spoon press sown well to make an even crumb base.

In a food mixer lightly whisk the condensed milk with the egg yolks until slightly thickened. Add the lime zest and lime and lemon juice and whisk them through to combine.

Pour the mixture on top of the biscuit crumb base in the cake tin.

Bake the pie for 6 – 10 minutes in the preheated oven. It should not brown at all and feeling a little firm to a gentle touch.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool before chilling in fridge.

Turn out onto a plate and serve with thin slices of lime and or lime zest, and ice cream or crème fraiche.


Jules said...

As much as I love limes, strangly enough I've never made key lime pie. Your's looks very tasty.

Rosie said...

Hi Jules, I can guarantee Key Lime Pie is really easy to make ;)

Thanks for your lovely comment and always nice to *see* you here!

Rosie x

Cakespy said...

Oh, like a ray of sunshine! Lovely pie!

Bellini Valli said...

I would make the perfect taste tester for your Key Kime Pie Rosie :D I wonder if it would ship well to Canada ??? :D

Pixie said...

Never had a lime pie, but loved the lemon meringue, so sure I would love yours. (especially, if you made it for me)

And what a wonderful recipe to share for the start of the gorgeous weather we're having!

Rosie said...

Hi Cakespy, ahh thanks and it matches this lovely sunshine we are having here in the uk :D

Hi Val, heehee..... I wish a pie would travel well to share with you :D

Hi Pixie, if you love lemon meringue pie I am also sure you would like key lime pie. Lemon meringue pie is one of my favourites too as I adore citrus flavours.

Thank you ladies for kindly calling by and your lovely comments are much appreciated!

Rosie x

Maria said...

Wow Rosie, looks like the weather is making everyone bring out the spring type desserts ;o) Your Key Lime looks great. I've never had Key Lime but if it's anything like Nigellas Lime cheesecake then it will be a winner.


Rosie said...

Hi Maria, I think it must be this sunny weather after the rain we've had to make lovely springtime desserts! :) I am sure you and your boys would love this pie knowing how much you all enjoyed Nigella's Lime Cheesecake!

Thanks sweetie for popping by and for your kind comment!

Rosie x

Happy cook said...

Oh it looks so refreshing and delicious and creamy.
I love Momma Cherri isn't she great. When ever i see her in TV i think she is full of life

Dhanggit said...

as always beautiful work of art my dear rosie.. too bad you arent my neighbor or ill always be there to eat ( i mean) to visit you :-D

bhags said...

My first time here gotta great site here....

I fell in love with the Key lime pie while visiting the florida keys...i tried to replicate the taste in my kitchen couple of times but was not successful...your look really awesome and would try the recipe next time.
Congrats for the award

Rosie said...

Hi Happy, she is such a honey Mama Cherry, I love her infectious laugh :D She has some wonderful southern recipes too on UKTV-Food ;D

Hi Dhanggit, hahahaha, like-wise with your ever fantastic creations ;D

Hi bhags, Welcome and lovely to *see* you here! :D Awe thanks for your very kind words and I hope you enjoy trying out this pie. I enjoyed viewing your lovely blog too and promise to visit from now on :D

Many thanks ladies for calling by and I do appreciate your very kind words!
Rosie x

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

I'm with Jules here - love limes, never made Key Lime pie! Now I have an added incentive...

Quick update on Momma Cherri - her restaurant's gone into administration. It was getting absolutely dreadful reviews (nasty, uncooked food; bad or rude service; high prices) - seemed she took her eye right off the ball...

Antonia said...

What a great looking pie! I made one a few weeks ago as I have as this is my favourite dessert of all time but it wasn't quite as good as the ones I get when staying with my aunt in Florida. Your recipe is somewhat different, so I think I'll give it a try next time as I think that adding the lemon juice would make it taste more like real 'Key Limes'!

Uma said...

Wow, key lime pie looks so tempting. I can smell that tangy flavor right thru the pic. Nice pics. It should have tasted great. Everything you post is great.

Namratha said...

Looks delicious Rosie, love the colour and presentation :)

Amelia said...

Wow I've never tried adding ground ginger to the pie crust. Is the taste of it very strong? Because my boyfriend isn't too fond of it but I might 'trick' him into having a slice of that gorgeous pie!

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Hi Rosie...Congrats on the award.'Rosie jumps for joy'...YES!! This pie does look delicious! WOW! Love the ginger in the base too.Yum yum! :0) Deeba

Cakelaw said...

Yum Rosie - please save me a piece!

Rosie said...

Hi F F of S, oooh one you must try out it’s a lovely treat. Thanks for the info on Momma Cherry it is a shame because she was doing so well at one time! ;)

Hi Antonia, I haven’t tried this pie without lemon, I wonder if this gives that extra sharp kick that a Key lime would? Do let me know if you try this recipe and what you think, I haven’t eaten the “real” deal from Florida it would be great to know – thanks :D

Hi Uma, awe thanks you’re such a sweetie :)

Hi Namratha, I think I may have got carried away a little cutting the limes up into little quarters at the time lol ;)

Hi Amelia, I thought of adding cinnamon at first but on second thoughts I added ginger. It really doesn’t taste of ginger at all more in enhancing the flavours together. In Momma Cherri’s recipe she used chocolate biscuits, which I may try next time :)

Hi Deeba, Awe thanks for the congrats and your lovely words :)

Hi Cakelaw, I would love to serve you a slice :)

Many thanks for kindly calling by and for all your very lovely comments! :D

Rosie x

Jeena said...

This looks soooooo good! Your version looks the best those ingredients are bliss, yummy.

I saw that Gordon Ramsey one...

Jeena :-)

Rosie said...

Hi Jeena, you are so sweet and thank you! :)

*Whisper* I missed seeing Gordon Ramsay's pie.....

As always thanks for taking the time to call by I really appreciate it! :D

Rosie x

ruthEbabes said...

I've never had Key Lime pie or even knew what was in it, but it sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing and educating me

Rosie said...

Hi Ruth, it certainly is a lovely dessert with that wonderful creamy sweet and lime combo. Always my pleasure to share recipes too! :D

Thanks for popping by and also for your lovely comment! :D

Rosie x

Jerri said...

I just happen to have a key lime pie in my fridge right now. it's so good! (though not quite and cute and creative looking as yours) -Jerri

Rosie said...

Hi Jerri, oh you're so lucky being in the U.S.A. you can have the real deal - yum!! :D

Thanks for popping by and also for your lovely comment! :D

Rosie x

Peter M said...

This is the business!

Limes are for more than just cocktails and such. Simple yet elegantly presented.