I’ve made an egregious error for anyone who blogs about food: I didn’t take a photo of my latest creation. For that, I’m terribly sorry. I guess you’ll just have to read on and try the recipe for yourself to see what it looks like.
Anyway, the other day I wanted to make a pie for Pi Day and decided I was going to make Harry Nilsson’s iconic “Coconut” song into a pie (you know, “she put the lime in the coconut and she drank ’em both up”….). Turned out better than I expected, and my co-workers ate ’em all up.
Lime in the Coconut Pie
- 1/2 cup of sweetened coconut flakes
- 3/4 cup of flour
- 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons of powdered/confectioners sugar
- a pinch of salt
- 7 tablespoons of cold butter
- 1 can (14-oz) of sweetened condensed milk
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon of lime zest
- 2/3 cup of fresh or bottled Key lime juice (I squeezed 2 fresh ones and then used bottled for the rest)
- Spread coconut flakes on an oven-safe plate and toast at 350 degrees F. Watch carefully as baking time will depend on your oven and can take anywhere between 4 to 10 minutes. Again, pay careful attention that it doesn’t burn. My first batch went straight into the trash can. Allow to cool to room temperature.
- Meanwhile, sift together the flour, powdered/confectioners sugar, and salt.
- Then cut the butter into tiny bits and work it into the flour mixture until the ingredients come together.
- Stir in the coconut flakes and continue mixing until the butter is holding the dough together.
- Press the dough onto the bottom and up the sides of a pie plate. You may need to flour your fingers so the dough doesn’t stick to your fingers.
- Freeze for about 10-15 minutes, until firm.
- Then bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Remove and let cool.
- Meanwhile, carefully separate four egg yolks from the whites.
- Add the sweetened condensed milk into the bowl with the egg yolks and mix well.
- Then add in the lime zest and lime juice, stirring until evenly spread out.
- Once the coconut crust has cooled to the touch, pour in the lime filling, spreading it out evenly.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.
- Let cool completely and then cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight (or about 7-9 hours).
- Serve plain or with whipped cream or fresh lime slices and maybe with “Coconut” playing in the background.
Now a little side quip about the new pope.
I’m not Catholic, so I won’t comment on Francis I’s views in the religious realm. I just know I like him already because like any other good Argentinean, the Pope tangos.
Is it still appropriate to ask him for a dance now that he’s Pope? My shoes are ready when he is.