Friday, August 12, 2011

Frozen Key Lime Pie / Gershwin Prelude

After taking a much-needed vacation to South America, I returned to the northern hemisphere desperate to enjoy summertime in a proper summer climate. And did I ever get it: Los Angeles was so oppressively hot that I found myself craving things that were light, refreshing, and (above all else) COLD. This frozen key lime pie fit the bill perfectly.

I've made it twice since we returned, with a few modifications the second time around. Since the first pie I made suffered from a tragically skimpy proportion of crust to filling, I added 50% more crust. I also mixed half a teaspoon of vanilla extract into the melted butter before adding it to the graham cracker crumbs - to which I added a 1/4 teaspoon of salt. (Because any self-respecting margarita lover worth her, well, salt knows that limes demand as much.)

{my kind of golden ratio}

Being a doctor's daughter, the consumption of raw egg doesn't sit all that well with me. (Salmonella: not the greatest secret ingredient.) So once I'd creamed the eggs and sugar, I put them over a double boiler with a half a cup of the lime juice, whisking constantly, until my handy little infrared thermometer let me know that the mixture had reached 140 degrees. After letting it cool, I added in the sweetened condensed milk and remaining lime juice/zest.

{fit for consumption}

And so as not to let 6 egg whites go to waste, I used 2 of them to make these.  (I threw the remaining four in the fridge to age for a few days in preparation for the macaroons' similarly named brother-from-another-mother, the macaron.)

Musical pairing: Gershwin's Prelude #2, arranged by the legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz. It's always reminded me of hot, humid, languid summer days. It's utterly American, and has a refreshingly simple yet rich sweetness to it. Enjoy!


  1. Thanks for all the San Francisco advice and congrats on performing on The Help soundtrack. I'll try and listen out for a violin when I see it. Also, this frozen key lime pie looks incredible - I need to try it out sometime.

  2. That key lime pie looks absolutely amazing! I live in Los Angeles too and it definitely has been very hot here the past few days. That pie looks easy enough; I might try it out sometime this week to escape the heat myself. I absolutely love your blog.

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  4. Utterly delicious. That's one yum looking pie, and well done with the whites!

  5. I can't get the image of this pie out of my head, I either have to get my apron out and try making it or do a google search for restaurants with key lime pies. Brilliant.


  6. Margarita-like touches in the crust -- not to mention "the golden ratio"? You're my kind of pie maker! :) Loved the "Ina treat" at the end, too!

  7. These look divine! The lime was a great choice for something light- & quite refreshing. I love the musical pairings...