TWD – Florida Pie

13 May

Tarts!I was so excited when I read that this month’s recipe was Florida Pie choosen by Dianne.  You see, I am headed to Florida next week to see my best friend, Christa.  I knew this pie would get me in the mood for my trip.  When reading through the recipe, I decided I would make this for Mother’s Day, I knew my mom would love it.


Key lime pie is one of my favorite desserts of all times.  When we went to Disney this past summer, whenever Key Lime pie was on the dessert menu I would order it.  John wondered why I wasn’t tired of it after eating my 5th one in 1 week.  lol!  I was a little unsure of Dorie’s addition of coconut to the pie though… but Dorie knows best! So I plunged ahead.

Florida Pie, Baking from my home to yours, by Dorie Greenspan

1 9-inch graham cracker crust (page 235), fully baked and cooled, or a store-bought crust
1 1/3 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
4 large eggs, seperated
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh Key (or regular) lime juice (from about 5 regular limes)
1/4 cup of sugar

Getting Ready:

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Put the pie plate on a baking sheet lined with parchment of a silicone mat.

Put the cream and 1 cup of the coconut in a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring almost constantly.  Continue to cook and stir until the cream is reduced by half and the mixture is slightly thickened.  Scrape the coconut cream into a bowl and set it aside while you prepare the lime filling.

Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl beat the egg yolks at high speed until thick and pale.  Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat in the condensed milk.  Still on low, add half of the lime juice.  When it is incorporated, add the reaming juice, again mixing until it is blended.  Spread the coconut cream in the bottom of the graham cracker crust, and pour over the lime filling.


Bake the pie for 12 minutes.  Transfer the pie to a cooling rack and cool for 15 minutes, then freeze the pie for at least 1 hour.

Baking away

To Finish the Pie with Meringue:

Put the 4 egg whites and the sugar in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, whisking all the while, until the whites are hot to the touch.  Transfer the whites to a stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, or use a hand mixer in a large bowl, and beat the whites at high speed until they reach room temperature and hold firm peaks.  Using a rubber spatula, fold the remaining 1/2 cup coconut into the meringue.

Spread the meringue over the top of the pie, and run the pie under the broiler until the top of the meringue is golden brown.  (Or, if you’ve got a blowtorch, you can use it to brown the meringue.)  Return the pie to the freezer for another 30 minutes or for up to 3 hours before serving.

I’m not a huge meringue fan, so I decided to omit the meringue.

Florida Pie

Everyone loved this recipe. It’s definetly a keeper in my book.  Make sure you check out all the other TWD blogs!


30 Responses to “TWD – Florida Pie”

  1. Hygeian Stew May 13, 2008 at 7:10 AM #

    Your heart shaped cakes are adorable!

  2. lemontartlet May 13, 2008 at 7:29 AM #

    It ain’t legal to make pies this cute.

  3. Caitlin May 13, 2008 at 7:41 AM #

    I love the little heart shapes! Adorable!

  4. Ulrike aka ostwestwind May 13, 2008 at 7:45 AM #

    Oh these hearty pies look sooo good!
    Ulrike from Küchenlatein

  5. kim May 13, 2008 at 7:51 AM #

    what a cute muffin pan! yummy looking mini pies 🙂

  6. RoRo May 13, 2008 at 8:25 AM #

    This Grandmother regrets she missed out on all your Mother’s Day baking!
    I would have liked meringue on mine. Rex made a huge banana pudding and had barbeque and all the trimmings from Smokey Joe’s for our Mother’s Day lunch waiting for us when we got home from church… All was delicious. By the way Aunt Evelyn made the Oklahoma Wild Sand Plum Jelly as well as the potholders; however, your great Uncle Rex got a big kick about getting a thank you note from you! Your loving RoRo.

  7. mimi May 13, 2008 at 10:06 AM #

    love the heart shapes, your pies came out so great!

  8. rainbowbrown May 13, 2008 at 11:49 AM #

    Oh, heck yeah those are flipping cute. I can’t even fathom how those came out of the pan so beautifully. Nice!

  9. Heather May 13, 2008 at 12:07 PM #

    Love the heart shapes! Very cute!

  10. Christine May 13, 2008 at 12:27 PM #

    Have a wonderful trip. What a wonderful gift for your mom. The heart shape pies are beautiful

  11. CB May 13, 2008 at 1:47 PM #

    I am a sucker for hearts and those heart pies are just too cute! Great job!
    Clara @ I♥food4thought

  12. bridget May 13, 2008 at 3:36 PM #

    Oh wow, I love the hearts, they are so cute!

  13. Amy May 13, 2008 at 3:39 PM #

    Awwww.. the heart shaped pies are so cute! Great Job!

  14. Gretchen Noelle May 13, 2008 at 5:37 PM #

    These are adorable!!! They must have been a hit! Hope Florida is fun for you!

  15. Amanda May 13, 2008 at 10:32 PM #

    Those are so stinkin’ cute!

  16. steph May 13, 2008 at 11:03 PM #

    what cute hearts! and a very timing appropriate recipe–have fun in florida!

  17. Shari May 14, 2008 at 8:00 AM #

    Love the hearts. Very original.

  18. Jayne May 14, 2008 at 9:18 AM #

    Oh my – those are so, so adorable! !

  19. Anne May 14, 2008 at 9:39 AM #

    Wow, those are adorable!

  20. Sharon - Butcher, Baker...... May 14, 2008 at 9:47 AM #

    Wow! How cute. Love the heart shaped cakes. I wonder if it was hard to get out of the pan though??

  21. Kelly May 14, 2008 at 1:59 PM #

    It has been said many times, but the hearts are adorable! great way to serve this pie.

  22. Dianne May 14, 2008 at 2:16 PM #

    I love the little hearts! How adorable! Glad you enjoyed them.

  23. andreainthekitchen May 14, 2008 at 6:42 PM #

    Like everyone else I am well impressed with the heat shapes. Was it a cheese cake pan with removable bottom or are you the undisputed Queen of the un-mold?

  24. Natalie May 14, 2008 at 9:41 PM #

    Wow, those heart shaped pies are adorable 🙂

  25. Melissa May 15, 2008 at 12:05 AM #

    The hearts are adorable!

  26. Lynne May 15, 2008 at 6:52 AM #

    I love the heart shaped pies-would be great for Valentines Day.

  27. NinaBeth May 15, 2008 at 8:27 AM #

    Andrea: I do feel that I am the undisputed Queen of the un-mold… however I did use a cheesecake pan with a removeable bottom. 😉

  28. Jaime May 18, 2008 at 8:38 PM #

    your little heart shaped pies are so cute!


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