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Key Lime Pie

with Cookie Crust

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie - A special accompaniment to dessert or coffee

50 min.
1 hr 30 min.
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for 12 pieces
6 ounces Whole-wheat butter cookies
4 ounces Cultured butter
5 Eggs
1 ¾ cups sweetened Condensed milk (9% fat)
5 Limes
1 pinch Salt
2 ounces Cane sugar
1 pinch Cream of tartar
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Kitchen utensils

1 Small pot, 1 Springform pan, 1 Bowl, 1 Measuring cups, 1 Cutting board, 1 Small knife, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Fine grater, 1 Hand mixer, 1 Piping bag, 1 Citrus juicer, 1 Freezer bag, 1 Pastry tip (star shape), 1 Meat mallet, 1 pie plate, 1 Ladle

Preparation steps

Key Lime Pie preparation step 1

Put butter cookies in a freezer bag and finely crumble with a meat mallet (or other heavy object).

Key Lime Pie preparation step 2

Melt butter over low heat and mix with cookie crumbs. Press crumb mixture into bottom and partway up side of a greased pie dish (24 cm or approximately 10 inches in diameter). Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Key Lime Pie preparation step 3

Separate eggs. Beat yolks and condensed milk with a hand mixer until fluffy and thick, about 7 minutes.

Key Lime Pie preparation step 4

Rinse 3 limes in hot water, wipe dry and finely grate zest. Squeeze 125 ml (approximately 1/2 cup) juice from limes. Add juice and lime zest to egg yolk mixture and beat to combine.

Key Lime Pie preparation step 5

Pour filling into crumb crust. Bake on lowest rack of preheated oven at 180°C (fan not recommended, gas: mark 2-3) until crust is golden brown and filling is set in the middle, about 25 minutes..

Key Lime Pie preparation step 6

Meanwhile, beat 2 egg whites (reserve the rest for another use) and salt until stiff. Sprinkle in sugar gradually and continue to beat until shiny and stiff (meringue), 3-4 minutes. Beat in baking powder. Place meringue in a piping bag fitted with a star tip.

Key Lime Pie preparation step 7

Remove pie from oven and pipe meringue decoratively on top. Bake on lowest rack of preheated oven at 250°C (fan not recommended, gas: highest mark) (approximately 475°F) until browned, 2-3 minutes. Let cool completely before serving. 

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