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The Best Ever Key Lime Pie

Feb 22, 2015

Key_Lime_Pie_Jamieson_AI’m not usually one to brag about my cooking—and I’m definitely not one to brag about my baking. I am not a pastry chef. But since guests at my restaurant (including Floridians) tell me that my Key Lime pie is the best they’ve ever had—I feel like it’s safe to brag about it. This recipe is so easy and makes the best Key Lime pie ever. That’s not boastful, is it?!

Fridge:
6 egg yolks
½ cup or 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
¾ cup of fresh squeezed lime juice*
4 tablespoons orange juice*

*If you have actual Key limes**, use 1 cup of fresh squeezed Key lime juice to substitute the lime and orange juice.

**Key limes are also known as Mexican lime or West Indies lime. Spanish settlers brought the fruit to Florida where it flourished in the south, particularly the Florida Keys (hence the name).

Counter:
Zest of 2 limes (approx 1 1/1 to 2 tbs)

Pantry:
1½ (14oz) cans of condensed milk
2 cups crushed graham crackers
¼ tsp salt
Pinch of cinnamon

Tools:
Two large bowls
Electric hand mixer or stand mixer
Measuring cups/spoons
9-inch nonstick pie tray (I use a tart or quiche tray with the removable bottom)

 

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Directions:
Preheat oven to 350º F.

To one large bowl, add crushed graham crackers, salt, and a pinch of cinnamon. Mix well and pour the melted butter on top. Mix until all the breadcrumbs are coated and press the coated crumbs into your pie tray. If you do not have a nonstick pie or tart tray, then grease your tray. Make sure to press the breadcrumbs down firmly. Place crust into the oven and bake for 12-16 minutes until top is slightly golden. Remove and allow to cool completely. I usually place mine in the fridge to speed up the cooling time.

Turn oven down to 325º F.

Place the lime zest and egg yolks in the other bowl and—using your hand mixer—blend for 3 minutes or until the yolks double in size and become a light yellow color. Pour in the condensed milk and mix again for another minute or two. Add the lime and orange juice and mix until just incorporated.

 

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Pour the filling into the cooled crust and place in the 325º oven for 20-22 minutes. The pie shouldn’t change color and will still seem slightly jiggly in the center. It will set once it cools. Allow to cool for 30 minutes, then place in refrigerator for at least an hour.

Serve chilled or at room temperature with a dollop of whipped cream.

Enjoy! Xo

 

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Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

This is what is happening in my life—I have left my nanny position (and, temporarily, The Nanny Recipes) to return to running my seasonal restaurant. I have packed up my entire life (semi-dramatic but ask the curbside check guys) and headed back to the pacific coast of Costa Rica. Now I am in the process of reopening my restaurant and beginning what I hope to be an amazing new chapter of my life.

So I want to take this time to apologize to my people—the blog is paused while I get my life and restaurant in order. And if you know the Pura Vida lifestyle—you know it’s not always the fastest route getting there.

In the meanwhile, I leave you with these amazing photos of my hometown of Playa Grande and if anyone needs a Costa Rican tour guide, I’m your lady!

Pura vida, all!

xo,

Jamieson Van Loan

 

Frangipani flowers line the path to the beach and the smell is intoxicating

Frangipani flowers line the path to the beach and the smell is intoxicating

 

Howler monkeys lounge on the wires

Howler monkeys lounge on the wires

 

Baby steps to opening Mamasa but at least the awesome mason jar lights are up!

Baby steps to opening Mamasa but at least the awesome mason jar lights are up!

 

No traffic but we do have to wait for the cows to pass by

No traffic but we do have to wait for the cows to pass by

 

The gorgeous and (almost always) empty beach I live on—grateful doesn't even begin to describe it

The gorgeous and (almost always) empty beach I live on—grateful doesn’t even begin to describe it

 

Jamieson-Van-Loan_2014-300x300-175x175Try Jamie’s other recipes:
Poptails
Corn and Kale Quiche
Lemon Brownies
Butternut Squash Spinach Lasagna
Lemon Poppyseed Yogurt Bread
Meat Pies!
Tomato and Herb Baked Eggs




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