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Sunday, 4 April 2010

Delia's Key Lime Pie with an Easter twist!

I was looking through some cookbooks for a dessert suitable for Easter weekend, something that would be big enough to last for two to three days.  I chose this Key Lime Pie from Delia Smith's How to Cook Book Two. It was quick and easy to make and tasted great. It also turned out pretty much as illustrated in Delia's book.  She decorated hers with a twist of lime, I decorated mine with some Cadbury's mini eggs!

Key Lime Pie

Serves 8-10

For the Base:
3.5oz (95g) butter
6oz (175g) digestive biscuits
2oz (50g) Grape-Nuts (breakfast cereal)

For the filling:
1 tbsp grated lime zest (zest of 3 limes)
5fl oz (150ml) lime juice
3 large egg yolks
14oz (400g) condensed milk

To finish:
A little creme fraiche
Lime slices

You will need a loose-based flan tin with a diameter of 9 inches (23cm), 1 inch (2.5cm) deep, and a solid baking sheet.
Pre-heat the oven  to gas mark 4, 350F, 180C

Delia says: "Traditional Key lime pie has always had a crumb crust, and I have discovered recently that the addition of Grape-Nuts breakfast cereal gives the whole thing an extra crunch."  I didn't want to buy them just for this recipe so used some extra digestive biscuits (graham crackers)
Begin by placing the butter in a pan over the lowest heat to melt, then crusth the digestive biscuits.  The esiest way to do this is to lay them out flat in a polythene bag and crush them with a rolling pin, rolling over using a lot of pressure.  Now empty the contents of the bag into a bowl and mix in the Grape-Nuts, then add the melted butter-crumb mixture in the flan tin and, using your hands, press it down evenly and firmly all over the base and up the sides of the tin.  Then place it on the baking sheet and bake on the centre shelf of the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown.

While that's happening, place the egg yolks and lime zest in a bowl and, using an electric hand mixer, whisk them for about 2 minutes, or until the egg has thickened, then add the condensed milk and whisk for another 4 minutes.  Finally , add the lime juice and give it another quick whisk, then pour the whole lot on to the baked crust and return it to the oven for another 20 minutes, or until it feels just set when you lightly press the centre with your little finger.  Now remove it from the oven and when it's completely cold, cover it with clingfilm and chill until needed.  Seve cut in slices with creme fraiche and twist of lime for decoration.

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At 4 April 2010 at 22:34 , Blogger chow and chatter said...

oh wow love this America and the UK in a pie!

Happy Easter

At 5 April 2010 at 02:22 , Blogger GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

It turned out just perfect!

At 5 April 2010 at 11:24 , Anonymous Wendy said...

Looks delicious! I absolutely ADORE Key Lime Pie, though I've never made Delia's version. I think I might have to try it!

At 6 April 2010 at 08:29 , Blogger Chele said...

I've always wanted to make Key Lime Pie but for some reason I've just never gotten around to it. Really must give it a try as yours is making my mouth water!

At 7 April 2010 at 17:21 , Blogger Traceyr said...

Looks lovely Janice. I did laugh at the mini eggs on the top though. :)


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