Key Lime Pie — The New Girl

by in Recipes, February 29th, 2012

key lime pie
Home is where the heart is.

Cliché? You bet. But I say it regardless because I believe it‘s true.

I’m both a California girl and a New Yorker. But my home is not defined by the house that I grew up in or the little apartment I rent in New York City, it’s defined by the people who make me happy. My dad is one of these people. So for his birthday last weekend, I was ecstatic to journey back to the golden coast to celebrate with my family.

Although everyone loves my dad’s cooking, he was banned from the kitchen for the festivities. My mom took over as executive chef and put me on cake duty.

Birthday cake can be tricky. As a baker, you must sacrifice your own taste cravings to those of the honoree. In my limited experience, I’ve come to learn that red velvet is not everyone’s favorite (unfortunately), and boxed mixes are actually preferred by some people (I try not to take it personally). There are also rare cases in which the perfect celebratory dessert isn’t cake at all.

key lime pie with candlesDon’t get me wrong. My dad enjoys chocolate and cake like most people do. But he’s also the type of guy who reaches for a fruit bar in the freezer while he serves everyone else ice cream and cookies. So, I thought key lime pie seemed fitting for this occasion.

This recipe comes from Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant in Miami. It’s both bright in flavor and color. The filling is smooth and tart; the crust is crumbly and buttery. A dollop of fresh whipped cream offers a perfectly sweet balance to each tangy bite and will have you craving more.

Here are a few things to consider about the recipe:

- If using a hand mixer to make the filling, use a medium-sized bowl. It will be hard to get the egg yolks fluffy in a bowl that’s too big.

– Place pie in the freezer at least 15 minutes before serving (as the recipe directs). This will keep the graham-cracker crust from crumbling apart.

– The pie looked gorgeous with lit candles. So keep it in mind for that person who always seems to turn down a slice of cake at birthday parties.

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Comments (9)

  1. Rob P says:

    Whip me up some of that key lime pie! Happy birthday to the New Girl's dad!

  2. emelling says:

    "In my limited experience, I’ve come to learn that red velvet is not everyone’s favorite (unfortunately), and boxed mixes are actually preferred by some people (I try not to take it personally)" love this line.

    You should start a how to cook section geared to young people in their twenties like us who are just starting out in our own places/never done much entertaining or cooking for others. I see FN show potential New Girl!

  3. MEM says:

    My favorite cake issss Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. New Girl, will you make it for me on my birthday?

  4. Corey Nolds says:

    I love the color of the filling, so fab!

  5. JClark says:

    The pie looks very festive with the candles…and I love tart with sweet. This looks great!

  6. Melissa M. says:

    Yummy!! Looks beautiful!

  7. Melissa M. says:

    Yummy!! Looks beautiful!

  8. Ren says:

    New Girl, you did it again; great post!

  9. mrs.m says:

    I'm a July birthday, and always had fresh raspberry pie for my birthday cake!!

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