January 4, 2009

Dessert of the Week – Lime Pie

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A Baked Lime Pie – more a tart than a pie if one is honest, and totally different from a Key Lime pie. I picked off the slices of lime as being inedible (although contemplating why I conclude they were a bit old and tough). Perhaps not the most exciting looking tart Iโ€™ve ever constructed – and spot the dark brown patches where I think the top caught a little due, I hazard, to over cooking. The result though is lovely and, well, very limey.

A Baked Lime Pie

A Baked Lime Pie

A Baked Lime Pie
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Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
For the pastry
  1. 250g plain flour
  2. 125g chilled unsalted btter
  3. 2 tbsp caster sugar
For the filling
  1. 4 medium egg yolks
  2. 397g can condensed milk
  3. 2 tsp grated lime zest
  4. 125ml lime juice
  5. limes for decorating
  6. icing sugar for dusting
Instructions
  1. Make the pastry โ€“ rub the butter into the flour and sugar using finger tips until it becomes like breadcrumbs. Add 1-2 tablespoons cold water and mix until combined into a ball. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Roll out and line a 22cm square pie tin. Bake in a pre-heated oven (200C/180f/G6) for 15 minutes topped with a sheet of baking paper (weighed down with beans). Remove paper and bake for a further 5-10 minutes until dry to the touch. Allow to cool.
  3. Reduce oven temp to 180C/160F/G4.
  4. Mix the yolks, milk, zest and juice until combined. Pour into the pastry case and smooth the surface. Bake for 20-25 minutes until set. Cool completely and chill for a couple of hours. Decorate with lime slices and icing sugar.
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3 Comments
  1. Scott at Realepicurean January 4, 2009

    Pie or tart, I’m sure it’s very tasty – minus the inedible limes! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. WIde-Body January 9, 2009

    Okay, so the tart doesn’t look like it will star as a centerfold in the next issue of Bon Appetite. So what? It still looks damn good.
    AND, I’m missing the beginning of a national championship football game just to write this. In my household, that says a lot. Then again, my stomach as always a weakness. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Jeanne January 21, 2009

    I know it’s called key lime pie, but it’s a topless tart ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am going through a lime-loving phase at the moment so will have to try this!