Thursday, January 10, 2013

34 New Things: Make A Key Lime Pie From Scratch

Every year on my birthday I make a list of new things I want to try.  Some of them are difficult, some of them are weird, some of them are shockingly mundane.  You can read about previous adventures here.


To say that I made this pie is a pretty loose interpretation of the word 'make.'  My contributions were really limited to:

a) buying a big bag of Key limes from the Asian grocery store (which is where you should buy them because they're waaaaaay cheaper there)
b) drinking the amazing ginger cocktails my friend Brandy made
c) kvetching about another friend's awful co-worker

I think at one point, I juiced 10 limes and was shocked at how hard/annoying/unjuicy the whole process was.  And then Brandy took care of everything else and we retired to the living room to snuggle beagles and gossip. 

And then when the pie was done, we moved to the patio for more Talk About Feelings, more cocktails, and pie nomming.  It's pretty hard to beat an evening with lady friends, pie, and cocktails on a patio.

What tough from-scratch recipes have you mastered? 
I still fantasize about the Gruyere souffle I made, like, 10 years ago!

22 comments

  1. I remember making a apple pie once when I was visiting my parents from college. All it took was one pie....I spent the rest of my weekend home making pies from scratch, Crust and all. They really liked the pies. lol

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  2. Sounds lovely! I love eating and making pie :)

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  3. I love making bread from scratch, because nothing tastes or smells as good as warm, yeasty bread straight from the oven. The problem is, most bread recipes require so much kneading that using a stand mixer is ideal. I don't own one so I try to bake when I'm visiting those who do!

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  4. I only ever make pies from scratch! My favorites are apple and strawberry rhubarb. I want to make a banana cream pie too (I tried once and it turned out way too soupy, so I need to re-evaluate my recipe!)

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  5. My mother always makes key lime pie for my birthday, but she uses pre made crust (says it's not worth making herself, and she's a brilliant baker so I believe her!) & key lime juice which my aunt mails to us from the Florida Keys. She loves making it, too, since you can make it in the toaster oven & not heat up the whole house in August.

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  6. Pumpkin pie from scratch! I bake the pumpkins to make the puree and everything. It is a fun process.

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  7. It will be somewhat easier to get the juice out of the lime if you press on them before cutting them apart to juice them. It breaks down the inner linings of the fruit so that the juice is let out.

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  8. I love key lime pie and mastered it about 2 or 3 years ago. The lime squeezing was definitely the most annoying part! Other pies I have mastered are shoo fly pie, blueberry, pumpkin (as in from a real pumpkin, no can), sweet potato (ditto). I'd like to tackle a lemon meringue and chocolate silk. Congrats!

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  9. Next time, don't cut the key limes to juice them! You waste a lot of the juice they do have that way. Use a handheld juicer/juice press and instead of cutting them in half, make a single slit in the key lime. You'll get WAY more juice that way.

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  10. You made a gruyere souffle from scratch? Props. I made a pear pie from scratch that was actually quite delicious - especially since the first attempt at dough was so awful that I maybekindof threw it at the kitchen wall.

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  11. I truly admire your ambition! I have only been reading your blog for the past month now and already, you are becoming a new inspiration for me.

    The pie sounds fantastic! Blog on, sister.

    Cathy Trails

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  12. I LOVE this birthday list idea!

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  13. GUYS- do none of you know the greatest secret of key lime pie making? It is a garlic press. FOR REAL.

    This thing - http://www.amazon.com/OXO-SteeL-Garlic-Press-Stainless/dp/B0000CDVD7/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1357878750&sr=1-1

    Throw the limes in (halved, or with a single cut, depending on the size of the lime or the press) and squeeze to your hearts content. Seriously- it makes it a jillion times faster.

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  14. I've never had key lime pie. I used to wonder why it was called key lime and not just lime.

    I haven't made it yet but I want to make my own kimchi. I dunno if it's hard but it seems like it'd be annoying... but worth it.

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  15. I know how much we have to get in to make the lemon pie and it was nice to hear that you had a great time with brandy but pie and the cocktail wasn't a good idea.

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  16. The only time I've eaten key lime pie was on a stick. Which is basically key lime pie dipped in chocolate and frozen. A great mix of sweet and tart. You should really try it f you ever go to Key West.

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  17. I'm cracking up over your list of what you really did. Fun!

    Key lime pie is my favorite dessert in the entire world and I adore it! Adore it! Yum.

    I am pretty good at making homemade bread. :)

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  18. Gruyere souffle sounds amazing to me right now. Yumz. Please come to me and make it for me.

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  19. The Drop Dead Gorgeous "Mrs. Anita Pelaez of The Key Lime Pie Factory over in Asheville near the Biltmore House Mastered The Art Of Baking Key Lime Pies, that was years ago. Anita's Pies are Supper Delicious, everyone will agree with me on that.

    Thanks, Amanda

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  20. so where is the "scratch" recipe you used. I can't find a good one!!!!!

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