TWD: Florida Pie – Lime and Coconut

by Holly on May 13, 2008


It’s Tuesday again and you know what that means! More baking from Dorie’s home to my home to your home, or Baking: From My Home to Yours via Dorie and her fabulous book of the same name – whichever way you want to look at it! All this comes courtesy of the Tuesdays with Dorie group, created by the fabulous Laurie of Quirky Cupcake. Joining this group has been such a blast the past few weeks. You can see a list of all the Tuesdays with Dorie posts I’ve put up so far at the bottom of this post.

This week’s recipe choice for the Florida Pie comes to us from Dianne of Dianne’s Dishes. I love lime and the pie sounded great. I wasn’t sure that the coconut was going to be too much for my taste, but I wanted to try it out anyway. Bake on, right!? Right.

I went for it and just cut the recipe proportions basically in half (crust in half, filling down to a third – as a lesson learned from the last time) to make a smaller version in a 4.5″ Springform pan. It turned out great and was absolutely delicious. The coconut probably was a little too much for my taste. I would probably go ahead and leave the coconut out of the meringue next time I make it. The coconut “creme” at the bottom just on the crust was perfect for me. Either way, the flavors were wonderful. D will probably like this one more than usual, probably in large part due to the fact that for once around here there was no chocolate in sight.


Make sure to check out the Tuesdays with Dorie blog for all the other TWD creations from the group.

Florida Pie
(From Baking: From My Home to Yours, Dorie Greenspan)
1 9-inch graham cracker crust (page 235 – added at the bottom of this recipe), 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.

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.

Graham Cracker Crust
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 Tablespoons sugar
Pinch of salt
1/2 stick (4 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted

To Make the Crust:
Butter your 9-inch pan (springform or pie plate). Stir the crumbs, sugar and salt together in a medium bowl. Pour over the melted butter and stir until all of the dry ingredients are uniformly moist. Turn the ingredients into the pan and press into the bottom and up the sides. Put the pan in the freezer while you preheat the oven. (The crust can be covered and frozen for up to 2 months.) Center a rack in the oven, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and place the pan on a baking sheet (as in directions above). Bake for 10 minutes. Set the crust aside to cool on a rack while you make the fillings above.


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rainbowbrown May 13, 2008 at 6:21 am

That little pan of yours make a neat looking pie. I like it.

steph- whisk/spoon May 13, 2008 at 6:21 am

oh that looks good! love the high sides on the crust (crust is my favorite part!).

Peabody May 13, 2008 at 7:04 am

Bake on is right…great job.

Hygeian Stew May 13, 2008 at 12:20 pm

That meringue is piled high to the sky, nice baking!

kim May 13, 2008 at 12:43 pm

it looks beautiful! i love how the crust looks from using the springform… the cross section is striking and looks yummy!

Engineer Baker May 13, 2008 at 12:44 pm

What a lovely and tall pie! Great job!

C.L. May 13, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Once again, a yummy job! I love the height!


ostwestwind May 13, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Your meringue is looking fabulous!
Ulrike from Küchenlatein

lemontartlet May 13, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Key lime cup pies! They look very tasty!

Carrie May 13, 2008 at 1:29 pm


mimi May 13, 2008 at 2:40 pm

wow, look at that crust!! love it, your pie came out great!

Heather May 13, 2008 at 3:46 pm

beautiful as always! Great job!

Gabi May 13, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Wowser! That looks so great- fantastic job!

Christine May 13, 2008 at 5:48 pm

I pulled up your site and all I said was WOW! You did a fantastic job and you pie is beautiful!

CB May 13, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Loving the height using a springform pan! Great job!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Mara May 13, 2008 at 9:17 pm

WOW i love the height on this thing, that crazy amazing crust!

Steph May 13, 2008 at 10:07 pm

Your little pie looks delicious! I just bought some key limes, and I really need to give this a try!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy May 14, 2008 at 1:15 am

Holly, your pie looks beautiful! The crust looks so crunchy! Great job!

The Food Librarian May 14, 2008 at 1:39 am

So cute! I love the small pie – absolutely delicious and delicate! Excellent job!

Gretchen Noelle May 14, 2008 at 2:18 am

Your pie looks great! Glad you enjoyed it! Love the thick crust!!

Tammy May 14, 2008 at 2:45 am

wow! Look at that crust! I didnt get to make the pie this week, so will have to try it another time

Bumblebutton May 14, 2008 at 2:52 am

Oh gosh that little springform makes the most darling little treats! Nice job, but I think now I’m going to have to go shopping…

Natalie May 14, 2008 at 4:16 am

Love the high crust on that – I thought about going low with a tart pan, but I waited til the last minute 🙂

Amy W May 14, 2008 at 11:30 am

Next time I will do my 4in. springform pan as well!

Marie May 14, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Your tart looks phenomenal!!! Seriously. I like how you can see the difference between the coconut cream and the lime filling!

Bella May 14, 2008 at 2:38 pm

This looks awesome! I would have to adjust the recipe to accomodate my food allergic son but I am going to try!

Jayne May 14, 2008 at 3:09 pm

That’s one yummy looking little pie!

Sharon May 14, 2008 at 3:40 pm

Looks great! Love the mini spring form pan.

Mevrouw Cupcake May 14, 2008 at 4:00 pm

I love the height you get from working with a smaller pan! It looks delicious!

Dianne May 14, 2008 at 7:48 pm

It looks great! The height is wonderful.

The Kitchen Vixen May 14, 2008 at 8:17 pm

oh the height makes it look so much more exciting! I love it!

Amy May 14, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Wow! That looks amazing! Great job!

Andrea May 14, 2008 at 11:37 pm

That is a really lovely looking pie. Your petite springform comes into its own here!

Mary Ann May 15, 2008 at 1:47 am

looks amazing, as always!

Julius May 15, 2008 at 2:52 pm

Oh yummy! I just love how elegant that straight edged crust looks.


Julius from Occasional Baker

Melissa May 15, 2008 at 5:31 pm

Beautiful as usual!

Jaime May 19, 2008 at 2:27 am

love the second photo! it really shows off all 3 layers beautifully 🙂

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