Coconut Key Lime Pie

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|by Erica

This tropical twist on the classic dessert is bursting with refreshing flavors and a hint of sweetness. First, we start by crushing some crispy graham crackers into fine crumbs and mixing them with melted butter. This forms the base of our pie crust. Next, we combine coconut milk, key lime juice, and condensed milk to create a luscious and tangy filling.

Coconut Key Lime Pie

After pouring the filling into the crust, we pop it into the oven until it sets. Once cooled, we top it off with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with shredded coconut and lime zest for an extra touch of tropical paradise. Trust me, one bite of this Coconut Key Lime Pie and you’ll be transported to a sunny beach!

Ingredients Needed for This Recipe

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 sleeve graham cracker
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter

Pie Ingredients:

  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk (28 oz total)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 3/4 cup key lime juice

Instructions for Making Coconut Key Lime Pie

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare the Crust: In a bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, coconut, and butter until combined. Press this mixture into a 9″ prepared pie pan. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  3. Prepare the Filling: In a separate bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, coconut, sour cream, and key lime juice. Pour this mixture into the prepared crust.
  4. Bake the Pie: Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until the center is set.
  5. Chill: Refrigerate the pie for at least 3 hours before serving.
  6. Optional: Decorate with whipped cream and toasted coconut if desired.

Tips for Perfecting the Recipe

Understand Your Ingredients: Key lime pie is a delicate balance of sweet and tart flavors. Using fresh key lime juice can significantly impact the flavor profile, offering a more authentic and vibrant taste. If fresh key limes are not available, bottled key lime juice is an acceptable substitute, but aim for a high-quality brand to ensure the best taste.

The Right Coconut Touch: For the crust and filling, using unsweetened coconut allows you to control the sweetness level better and ensures the coconut flavor is pronounced without being overpowering. Toasting the coconut for the crust or as a garnish can add a delightful crunch and enhance its flavor.

Achieving the Perfect Crust: The crust is the foundation of your pie, and getting it right is crucial. Ensure your graham cracker crumbs are finely ground for a uniform texture. Mixing the crumbs thoroughly with the melted butter and sugar will help achieve a crust that holds together well after baking. Press the mixture firmly into the pie pan to avoid a crumbly base.

Balancing Flavors in the Filling: The filling should have a smooth, creamy texture with a balanced flavor of tart lime and sweet coconut. Adjust the amount of lime juice and sweetened condensed milk based on your taste preference for tartness and sweetness. Adding a small amount of lime zest can intensify the lime flavor without adding more liquid to the filling.

Baking to Perfection: Overbaking can cause the filling to curdle, so it’s essential to remove the pie from the oven when the center is just set but still slightly wobbly. It will continue to cook and set as it cools.

Chill Thoroughly: Allowing the pie to chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, or overnight, will not only make it easier to slice but also helps the flavors to meld together beautifully.

Storage Tips

Refrigeration: Coconut Key Lime Pie should be stored in the refrigerator. Cover the pie loosely with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent it from absorbing any odors from the fridge. Properly stored, the pie can last up to 5 days.

Freezing: This pie freezes well, making it a great make-ahead dessert. Freeze the pie without any toppings, and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil. When ready to serve, thaw the pie in the refrigerator overnight. Add fresh whipped cream and toasted coconut garnish before serving.

Avoiding Sogginess: To prevent the crust from becoming soggy, serve the pie within a few hours of adding any garnish, especially if using whipped cream or a moist topping.

Serving Suggestions

Whipped Cream: A dollop of freshly whipped cream on top of each slice adds a light, creamy texture that complements the dense, tart filling of the pie.

Lime Zest and Coconut Garnish: Sprinkle lime zest and toasted coconut flakes over the whipped cream for an extra burst of flavor and a beautiful presentation.

Berry Compote: Serve the pie with a side of berry compote for a sweet and slightly tart addition that pairs wonderfully with the flavors of coconut and lime.

Ice Cream Pairing: A scoop of vanilla or coconut ice cream alongside a slice of pie makes for a decadent dessert, offering a contrast in temperatures and textures.

Coffee or Tea: A hot cup of coffee or tea balances the sweetness of the pie, making for a comforting dessert experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use regular limes instead of key limes? Yes, you can use regular lime juice as a substitute for key lime juice, though the flavor will be slightly different. Key limes are known for their unique tartness and aromatic oils.

How can I make the pie crust without graham crackers? You can substitute graham cracker crumbs with crushed digestive biscuits or vanilla wafer crumbs for a similar texture and taste.

Is it necessary to use sour cream in the filling? Sour cream adds a rich creaminess and helps balance the tartness of the lime. However, you can substitute it with an equal amount of Greek yogurt for a similar texture with a slight tang.

Can I make this pie vegan? Yes, you can make a vegan version by using plant-based alternatives for the condensed milk, butter, and sour cream. Look for vegan sweetened condensed coconut milk and use a dairy-free butter substitute. Coconut cream can replace sour cream.

How do I know when the pie is done baking? The pie is done when the edges are set, but the center is still slightly wobbly. It will continue to set as it cools.

Coconut Key Lime Pie

This easy-to-follow recipe for coconut key lime pie is a delightful combination of sweet and tangy flavors. Get ready to impress your guests.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Refrigerate: 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 35 minutes
Servings 5

INGREDIENTS

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 sleeve graham cracker
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter

Pie Ingredients:

  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk 28 oz total
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 3/4 cup key lime juice

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare the Crust: In a bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, coconut, and butter until combined. Press this mixture into a 9″ prepared pie pan. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  • Prepare the Filling: In a separate bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, coconut, sour cream, and key lime juice. Pour this mixture into the prepared crust.
  • Bake the Pie: Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until the center is set.
  • Chill: Refrigerate the pie for at least 3 hours before serving.
  • Optional: Decorate with whipped cream and toasted coconut if desired.

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    Hi there! I’m Erica,

    A highly passionate individual with a deep love for creating delicious and creative recipes that are perfect for any occasion. With an extensive background in the culinary arts and a strong flair for experimentation, I strive to push the boundaries of traditional cooking and deliver exceptional dishes that not only satisfy the palate but also ignite a sense of culinary adventure.

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