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Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

Key lime pie is one of my husband’s favorite desserts and I have been wanting to make this pie for the longest time. And since we are now, well through the holidays and with the anticipation of Spring (yes, I know it’s still a little far off) this particular pie says spring to me. It is tart and sweet, and it has a real freshness about it and it makes me fall in love with the sunshine all over again.

Making Graham Cracker Crust

Making Graham Cracker Crust

Now this is a Key Lime Pie, short of actually having any Key Limes in it. Key Limes, which is associated with the Florida Keys, was nowhere to be found around here, so my delicious Key Lime pie is made with plain-old Limes and it’s still taste fantastic to me.

Making Pie Filling

Making Pie Filling

Key Lime Pie (makes 1 pie)

Ingredients:

Graham cracker crust:

125 grams Graham crackers (4.4 oz or 8 1/2 sheets)

30 grams sugar (2 tablespoons)

85 grams unsalted butter, melted (3 oz or 6 tablespoons)

Pie filling:

3 large egg yolks, at room temperature

395 grams sweetened condensed milk (14 oz can)

2 teaspoons lime zest (approx. regular 1 lime)

120 milliliter lime juice (4 fluid oz or 1/2 cup) (approx. 2 1/2 regular limes)

Pie topping:

240 milliliter cold heavy whipping cream (8 fluid oz or 1 cup)

30 grams sugar (2 tablespoons)

1 handful sweetened coconut

Directions:

Graham cracker crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Spray or butter a 9 inch (23 cm) pie dish. Place butter into small saucepan and melt over low heat. Place Graham crackers in a food processor and process into fine crumbs. (If you do not have a food processor, place crackers into a sealed plastic bag and break-up crackers by beating them with a rolling pin). Add sugar to crumbs and pulse to combine. While food processor is running, pour melted butter into crumbs. Place moist cracker crumbs into pie dish, press crackers up along side of dish and then out over the bottom of dish. Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until set and golden. Remove from oven and set aside.

Pie filling: Beat egg yolks until thickened and pale yellow (3 min). Gradually add sweetened condensed milk and continue beating until light and fluffy (3-5 min). Scrape down sides and add lime zest and lime juice, beat until fully incorporated. Pour filling into pie crust and bake for 10-15 minutes or until filling is set. Allow to cool down to room temperature and then refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Pie topping: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Place coconut in a single layer on a small baking sheet and toast for 4-10 minutes, keeping a close eye on them. Remove toasted coconut from oven and set aside.

Beat whipping cream and sugar until cream is starting to thicken (almost stiff peaks). Place mounds of whipped cream onto pie filling and top with toasted coconut. Can be stored in refrigerator for a few days. Enjoy!

Key Lime Pie without topping

Key Lime Pie without topping

Source: slightly adapted from Joy of Baking

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Citronmåne – Lemon Moon Cake

First of all, I want to say Thank You to everyone for your well wishes to my husband. These last couple of weeks have indeed been trying times but I am glad to say that he is slowly getting better. It is heartwarming to see the closeness and kindness there is within the Food Blogging community and it was something that I did not expect to find when I first started my little food blog. And so, now that I am going to start doing some blogging again, it may not be quite as frequently as in the past, I am very excited to show you this Danish Citronmåne which I translated into Lemon Moon Cake. A while back I got several inquiries about this particular cake but it was not a cake that I had any particular memories attached to. But I got curious and started researching different recipes. Then I came across this one and it sounded very delicious, and when I made it, it did not disappoint. It is moist, lemony and very zesty. I used Danish Marzipan with 60 % Almonds and Danish Butter, but I’m sure any old butter will do just fine. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Marzipan and Danish Butter

Dough A

Dough A and Dough B combined

Ingredients:

Dough A:

125 gram marzipan (4.4 ounces)

85 g. sugar (3 oz.)

50 g. butter (1.8 oz.) (room temperature)

75 g. whole egg (2.6 oz.) (room temperature)

Dough B:

250 gram butter (8.8 oz.) (room temperature)

1 whole vanilla bean

125 g. confectioners sugar (4.4 oz.)

125 g. sugar (4.4 oz.)

150 g. whole egg (5.3 oz.) (room temperature)

100 g. egg yolks (3.5 oz.) (room temperature)

190 g. flour (6.7 oz.)

65 g. corn starch (2.3 oz.)

1 organic lemon ( zest and juice)

Lemon glaze:

150 g. confectioners sugar (5.3 oz.)

1 organic lemon (zest and 1/2 lemon juice)

very small amount of cold water, if needed

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).

Dough A: Knead marzipan and sugar together using hands. Knead butter into marzipan in small increments. Add egg and knead into marzipan mixture, set aside.

Dough B: Cut open vanilla bean and scrape out seeds. Place butter, vanilla seeds, confectioners sugar and sugar into a bowl and mix together until creamy. Add eggs one at a time while mixing just until combined. Sift flour, corn starch, add lemon zest and lemon juice  into wet ingredients and gently incorporate using a spatula. Add Dough A to Dough B and stir just until combined.

Pour dough into a greased spring-form and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back when lightly touched in the center. Let cool completely.

Lemon glaze: Zest from one lemon is spread out on a small plate and allowed to air dry until cake is ready to get glazed. Mix confectioners sugar, juice from 1/2 lemon and a few drop of cold water if needed. Gently warm glaze in a small pan and quickly spread out over cake. Immediately sprinkle with dried lemon zest. Enjoy.

Citronmåne in springform pan

Citronmåne

Source: Det Søde Liv

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