Saturday 29 January 2011

Someone Let Me Loose In The Kitchen!

Weekend Cooking is a chance to share the food love with everyone and is organised by Beth Fish Reads. On Saturday mornings,  write a post about food, perhaps a cookbook review or maybe just some favorite food-related quotes.

Then link it over to Beth's blog.

Oh yes! I cooked this week. My family were rather dubious, but they tested my cooking and thought it was OK.  This week I made key lime pie again and I think it was an improvement on my first attempt which didn't taste limey (don't know if this is a word, but I am using it!) enough. I think my second attempt may be too limey as my mouth is still zinging a little. Although this time I didn't measure out the lime properly, so if you do make this recipe, then please measure it properly.

Key Lime Pie ( Brit Style)
4 egg yolks
400ml condensed milk
100ml fresh lime juice (5 to 6 limes)
200ml double cream
200ml double cream (optional)
Lime zest (optional)
135g unsalted butter, melted
12 digestives biscuits (half a packet, so you may eat the rest, don't want them going stale!)
45g caster butter

1) Preheat the oven to 180 C/gas 4. For the pie crust, lightly grease a 22 cm in diameter or glass pie dish with a little of the melted butter. Blitz biscuits, sugar and remaining melted butter in a food processor until it resembles bread crumbs.

2) Pour into a pie dish, spread over the bottom and up the sides (I forgot to spread it up the sides, so the bottom was rather thick). Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and cool for a few minutes.
3) For the filling, whisk the egg yolks in a bowl. Whisk in condensed milk gradually, until smooth. Mix in the lime juice, then pour the filling into the crust and smooth the top with the back of a spoon.

4) Return to oven for 15 minutes, then remove and cool. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.

 5) To serve, whip the cream until it just holds stiff peaks. Dollop on top of the pie. We didn't have cream on top as if felt a bit too heavy for us.

The picture does not make it look very attractive, but it tasted yummy.

As promised three more pages from my Christmas Journal.

Day 10 - recycling Christmas wrapping. As my children had outed Father Christmas as a fake this year, I found I could use up all the old rolls of Christmas paper I had kept over the years. The big FC couldn't use the same paper every year, now could he!
 Day 11 - We went to a little local village called Arundel for some Christmas festivities. The village was alight with candles and I got to eat and drink my favourites - hot cheshnuts, hog roast and mulled cider. Yum!
 Day 12 - my first real home as a homeowner and a married woman. Many many years ago.
Three more pages next week, with another disaster  masterpiece in the kitchen! Have a good weekend. I will see you tomorrow for Cover Lust.


  1. Ooh I really liked your day 11 scrapbook page!

  2. I think I just saw a recipe for a pie like this in the paper...perhaps I will give it a go :)

  3. This sounds yummy Viv. We'd use the whip cream, I think.

  4. I adore citrus and I'll have to give your recipe a try this winter. It sounds OMG good.

    I love the look of your Christmas journal. What a great idea. I'm just not that organized.

  5. Amanda - thankyou, it was a lovely night out.

    Blodeuedd - I love citrus pies.

    Diane - you are naughty!

    Beth - I prefer citrus desserts to others. Thank you for your kind comments and letting me join in too.

  6. I love citrus recipes...I make a mean Key Lime bar, if I do say so myself.
    The metric measurement throws me off a bit (yes, I know, we awful non-metric Americans :-) but sounds yummy.

  7. ooh, that recipe looks good! Do you call it Brit Style because the crust is made with digestive biscuits (rather than graham crackers), or are there other big differences? And, yes, don't let the rest of the package go to waste :)

  8. One thing I've noticed with all these recipes flying around are the differences between the American ingredients and the European ingredients. Though I think Canadians might use the same metric weights? I had to google double cream--looks like maybe heavy cream would get me close. I LOVE key lime pie but haven't ever made it this way. Will have to see if I can whip it up!

  9. It sounds delicious (who cares what it looks like)!

  10. The pie sounds really good and your pages came out great!

  11. Caite - sorry about the metric measurements. I am not sure what the equivalent is.

    Dawn - yes that is right. Digestives are just so English.

    Trish - over here we have single cream and double cream, so yes, I would say it was heavy cream.
    It is a really quick and easy recipe.

    Mary - if only my family thought the same!

    Diann - thank you and thanks for visiting my wee blog.

  12. Key Lime pie! I've never had it before. (I know, weird!) My daughter would probably love to make a pie. I'll add this recipe to our list.

  13. Key lime pie is one of my favorites, but I've never attempted to make one! This sounds like a great recipe, although I'd need to convert the measurements first (should be pretty easy to do online in Google's search box which is great for computations of all sorts). Beth Fish Weekend cooking has a cute little button if you want to add that to your post (you can "grab" it from my Memes Page). Love the Christmas photos/pages! Have a wonderful weekend, Vivienne.

  14. LOVE Key Lime pie - I have never tried to make it on my own!

  15. Key Lime pie sounds great. It never occured to me that one would have to worry about too little or to much lime-iness. I wonder if it would have to do with the limes?

  16. I've always wanted to try Key Lime pie and absolutely love baking so thank you so much for the recipe. :D Will definitely be trying that out.

  17. I love Key Lime pie--especially in the summer. Yeah you for pulling one together for you family! I a wondering though, what castor butter is? The metric measurements look totally greek to me--I am died in the wool, non-metric Yank! ;)
    Beautiful scrap pages took,by the way.

  18. Impressive! I find it so hard to take good pictures of baking particularly with the light at this time of year.

  19. I'm not sure which has me drooling more--your key lime pie or your gorgeous scrapbook pages!

  20. Great recipe! I love key lime pie. I'll have to give this one a try. I like your scrapbook pages, too! Thanks for posting.

  21. oh my gosh, now I'm craving key lime pie!
    The christmas pages look very nice!

  22. Loving your scrapbook as always! Ever since I moved to Penang (another state) for my new job, I have started cooking. Yes, I don't normally cook...

  23. that key lime pie sounds ABSOLUTELY heavenly!! I absolutely love lime pie...must try it out!

  24. Well I will definitely be copying that recipe down. I've never had key lie pie before. I bought one from the shops the other day, but I didn't realise it had such a short date on it :(

  25. I bought Key Limes for the first time this week. I am going to make the bars that I found the recipe for on Beth Fish Reads


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