I have a key lime pie connoisseur who is a dear friend of mine. Tiffany has her favorites around town and isn’t shy about ones she doesn’t feel match up to her fine palette. She is the least bit arrogant and one of the sweetest gals I know but she is a key lime pie snob.
She recently created her own key lime pie recipe, that is by far my favorite. I made a slight alteration and decided to make in with a gingersnap and nut crust that I found at Gourmet.com. There are three parts to this pie, the lime curd, the whipped pie filling, and the pie crust. You may make the lime curd and the crust a day in advance. Also, you can use a store bought pie crust if you’re in a rush (graham cracker or regular crust).
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus additional for buttering pie plate
Flour for dusting
1 cup finely crushed gingersnap cookies (5 oz; 20 2-inch cookies)
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (2 oz)
2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
lime curd: Place the sugar, whole eggs, egg yolks, juice and zest in a medium pan on low and continually whisk to combine (keep at low heat so you will not scramble the eggs). After 5 minutes on low, increase the temperature to medium low and constantly whisk until the mixture turns pale and thickens (about 8-10 minutes). Remove from heat and whisk in the butter. Store in jars or an airtight container for up to one month.
pie filling: Whip the cream until it thickens quite a lot (about 5 minutes) then add the vanilla and sugar. Fold the lime curd in with a rubber spatula and fill desired pie/tart crusts. Chill 2 hours then top with additional whipped cream if desired. Allow to come to room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.
gingersnap pecan pie crust: Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour pie or tart dish, knocking out excess flour. Toss together all crust ingredients in a bowl with a fork until crumbs are moistened, then press evenly over bottom and up side of pie plate. Bake crust 6 minutes, then cool on a rack.
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