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TWD – Florida Pie
May 13, 2008, 1:43 am
Filed under: Dessert, Tuesday's With Dorie

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!


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Your heart shaped cakes are adorable!

Comment by Hygeian Stew

It ain’t legal to make pies this cute.

Comment by lemontartlet

I love the little heart shapes! Adorable!

Comment by Caitlin

Oh these hearty pies look sooo good!
Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Comment by Ulrike aka ostwestwind

what a cute muffin pan! yummy looking mini pies 🙂

Comment by kim

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.

Comment by RoRo

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

Comment by mimi

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

Comment by rainbowbrown

Love the heart shapes! Very cute!

Comment by Heather

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

Comment by Christine

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

Comment by CB

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

Comment by bridget

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

Comment by Amy

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

Comment by Gretchen Noelle

Those are so stinkin’ cute!

Comment by Amanda

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

Comment by steph

Love the hearts. Very original.

Comment by Shari

Oh my – those are so, so adorable! !

Comment by Jayne

Wow, those are adorable!

Comment by Anne

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

Comment by Sharon - Butcher, Baker......

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

Comment by Kelly

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

Comment by Dianne

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?

Comment by andreainthekitchen

Wow, those heart shaped pies are adorable 🙂

Comment by Natalie

The hearts are adorable!

Comment by Melissa

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

Comment by Lynne

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. 😉

Comment by NinaBeth

your little heart shaped pies are so cute!

Comment by Jaime

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