This week's Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD) recipe was chosen by Linda of Tender Crumb: Creamiest Lime Cream Meringue Pie. I'm not a big lemon meringue pie person, but I really liked Dorie's Florida Pie so I thought this recipe would also be worth a try.
It's like your traditional lemon meringue pie, except with lime cream instead. But this isn't just any lime cream - it's a super tart, absolutely creamy, spiked with ginger - lime cream. I almost ate it all by the spoonful instead of putting it into my pie crust! It is definitely rich, but so good. I actually only added 2 sticks of butter (yes, 2 sticks!!!) into this cream instead of the 2 1/2 you are supposed to use. I know others omitted a whole stick and still ended up with great results.
The only problem I had with this recipe was getting the cream up to 180F. This did not take 10 minutes, but rather 30-35 minutes. I had to increase the heat on the double boiler to bring the water to a boil instead of just a simmer, because it seemed that it would never reach 180F at just a simmer. Despite whisking constantly, I did end up with bits of scrambled egg in my cream. No worries, though, because though were removed when I passed the cream through the strainer to remove the lime zest. Otherwise, this recipe was really easy. It requires a lot of planning, as the cream requires 4 hours of refrigeration and the assembled pie needs to be refrigerated for at least 3 hours, but otherwise it doesn't take much time at all.
I used a graham cracker crust, so this really tasted like a key lime pie with a meringue top. I loved it! My husband and I actually ate half of it all by ourselves! Thanks Linda, for picking this recipe - I will definitely be making it again. If you would like the recipe, you can find it here. Make sure you check out the TWD Blogroll, to see how everyone else enjoyed this wonderful, tart treat.
* Recipes notes:
- You can cut back on the butter by 1/2 - 1 stick, but to get the full creamy effect, use all 2 1/2 sticks! :)
- Watch your pie very very carefully once you stick it under the broiler - it will go from beautifully browned to completely burnt in no time!
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