I made that!

well, it’s about time.

Posted in All Sugar All The Time, Certified Pie Ninja by brandi on May 3, 2010

I know, there’s no excuse. The sad thing is that I actually have a stack (if digital files could stack) of photos from my meals this past month. I just haven’t found the motivation to park myself in front of the computer and look at them. Or write about them. There’s been delicious pasta, a rhubarb compote that feels like there’s a rhubarb party in your mouth, an all roasted Easter dinner. I’ve even been maniacally documenting my garden, to explain my away time. But none has made it to the interweb. Until now anyways. My friend Justin was in town from Ecuador for his birthday. Recently he asked if I would someday make him a key lime pie, so me and his girlfriend Meredith decided a surprise pie was in order. Since I like to make my life more complicated whenever possible, I opted for a pie vs. cake challenge. Forever the defender of birthday cakes, I decided this was my chance to convince the world of cake’s subtle awesomeness. Unfortunately my key lime coconut cake kinda blew (shocking, I know!), so I’m only going to share with you the pie. And what a pie it was. Key lime pie with coconut graham crust and a coconut whipped cream on top. Makes me miss living farther south where the key limes are actually green.

As with anything citrus related, there was a lot of squeezing.

Now as far as desserts go, the key lime pie is definitely in the easy category. So easy I even considered not sharing with you. And graham cracker crusts? I admit that I tend to snub my nose at them. But I had this vision of chunky coconut and graham goodness cradling that creamy tartness and I just had to go with it. Let me tell you, this pie, well, it won me over. Big time. There were people at the birthday party thanking me for letting them taste this. LETTING THEM! Ha! So. The crust. it involved toasting some shredded coconut.

And mixing that coconut in with brown sugar, melted butter and ground up graham crackers (I know, I should have made my own).

I pressed that into the pie plate and let it chill in the fridge before baking it.

Then I whipped up the classic key lime filling: egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and key lime juice. I poured that into the cooled pie crust and baked in on low until it set up.

After the pie chilled for an hour or so, I whipped up some cream that I had earlier steeped with coconut flakes. I spread the coconut cream on top and sprinkled on some toasted coconut flakes. And it was promptly devoured at the party.



1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

3 TBSP light brown sugar

5oz unsalted butter, melted

pinch of salt

– Toast the coconut until lightly browned.

– Cool and add to the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well, until everything is moist.

– Press into a buttered pie pan and chill for 15 minutes.

– Bake in a 325 degree oven for 10 minutes.

– Cool completely.


2 14oz cans sweetened condensed milk

6 large egg yolks

1 cup of freshly squeezed key lime juice

– In the bowl of a kitchenaid mixer, with the whip the egg yolks until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Gradually add the condensed milk and beat until light and fluffy, 3 more minutes.

– Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the lime juice.

– Pour the filling into the crust and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the filling is set. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

– Once cooled, place in the fridge until serving time. Just before serving whip the coconut cream.

COCONUT CREAM (Claudia Fleming):

3 cups heavy cream

6 TBSP sugar

1 1/2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut

– Place cream and sugar in pot and bring just to boil.

– Pour in coconut and cover. Let steep for 1 hour.

– Strain out coconut and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

– Whip until thickened.


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  1. Molly said, on May 4, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Brandi! This looks insane, and I want to eat it.

  2. Vicki said, on May 6, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I just got back from Key West, Florida and had key lime pie everyday for a week. I have been thinking about it alot and then I find this! Yum, I am going to make this for my sister for her birthday! I cannot wait to eat it. Yours looks so Key West!

  3. Christina said, on May 19, 2010 at 7:14 am

    You’re photos are always so beautiful, both simple and vibrant. I’m a cake girl myself, but this pie looks incredible, and anything Claudia Fleming is a-ok in my book. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  4. Alison said, on March 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I made this today. I’m not sure I’d bother with the key limes again– I juiced a pound and only got half a cup, so I had to sub in the other half with Persian limes. Also, I added the zest of 4-5 of the key limes. The end product was fantastic, though. Perfect ratio of crust/filling/topping.

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