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May 13, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie My Pick: Florida Pie! Plus Coconut Creamsicle Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Covered Goji Berries Just for Fun!

Tuesdays with Dorie: Florida Pie

It's Tuesday! So you know what that means...Tuesdays with Dorie! This week's recipe was Florida Pie and was chosen by me! I decided to pair it with some Coconut Creamsicle Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Covered Goji Berries and they really complimented each other, so today you get a bonus recipe too! ;o)

Tuesdays with Dorie: Florida Pie with Coconut Creamsicle Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Covered Goji Berries

If you're a frequent guest to Dianne's Dishes you've heard me talk about my love for Key Lime before and if you come back you'll most likely hear about it again. When I looked through the book I looked at several recipes as a possibility for this week, but I kept coming back to the Florida Pie. I know some people are not fan of Key Lime, so it will be interesting to see how everyone did with this recipe and I know several people that didn't like the idea of coconut in with the Key Lime, but I had always been curious as to how the two would blend so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to test some boundaries and after all that's what makes being in the kitchen fun.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Florida Pie: A Slice

I actually made a few tweaks to this recipe. I decided to make the pie in an 8 inch springform pan, instead of a pie dish to make it have a bit more height. I also added some whole, raw cashews on top of the crust and I did not bake the crust either.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Florida Pie: Crust with Cashews

For the lime juice I strayed a bit too. I added in 3/4 a cup of Nellie and Joe's Double Strength Key Lime Juice instead of using fresh juice and I used 3/4 a cup instead of 1/2 a cup and I really liked the depth of flavor it brought to the pie overall. It was most definitely a nice addition.

In terms of the meringue I did not follow the recipe. I didn't heat the egg whites, I simply just made meringue by beating the egg whites with organic cane sugar. I also forgot to add the coconut to the meringue, though I had intended to make that addition. In the end though the pie overall turned out fine without it so maybe it was a providence. ;o)

Usually on Tuesdays I send whatever I make if it's possible to work with Jamison, but this one was a bit on the messy side for that, so I made some Key Lime Milk Chocolate Chip Bars to send along with him instead in the spirit of the whole Key Lime theme. I'll post the recipe for those tomorrow so be sure to check back then!

Tuesdays with Dorie: Florida Pie: A Bite

Anyway, this is my choice for this week. Overall I was very pleased with how it turned out. The cashews were a nice surprise and I really liked the coconut overall too. The pairing with the Coconut Creamsicle Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Covered Goji Berries was fabulous as well! I would definitely make this again.

Be sure to stop over at the Tuesdays with Dorie blog to see how everyone else's pie turned out.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Florida Pie with Coconut Creamsicle Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Covered Goji Berries

What You'll Need:
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, separated
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

Tuesdays with Dorie:  Coconut Creamsicle Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Covered Goji Berries to go with the Florida Pie

What You'll Need for the Coconut Creamsicle Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Covered Goji Berries:
2 - 12 ounce bottles of Izze Clementine sparkling juice
1 - 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup of organic cane sugar
1 cup of dark chocolate covered goji berries
1 cup of coconut

Note: The above ingredients are set up to work in this ice cream maker, but you can double it or triple it or whatever to fit into a large sized machine.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Florida Pie: Crust

Getting Ready to Make the Pie:

(Note: First make and freeze the ice cream. See instructions below.)

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.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Florida Pie: Ready for the Oven

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.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Florida Pie: After the Broiler

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.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Florida Pie: The Insides

To Make the Ice Cream:

In a large bowl stir together ingredients. Dump mixture into the tub of your ice cream maker and freeze according to your model's directions. Remove from ice cream machine when it's done and place in the freezer until firm. Serve alone or along with the Florida Pie.

Posted by Dianne at May 13, 2008 6:04 AM

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Comments

Your pie looks fantastic! I'm sorry that I skipped this week's recipe--I'm one of those that doesn't like coconut. I thought about trying to leave it out, but I figured that was what made it Florida Pie instead of normal Key Lime Pie. I love all your pictures.

Posted by: Di at May 13, 2008 8:09 AM

great pick this week! I love key limes too so it was a great treat to make! Your pie has me jealous! It looks so darn good!

Posted by: heather at May 13, 2008 8:29 AM

Wow - that's a lot of changes! I'm glad you liked them all, because it looks fantastic! Great pick!

Posted by: Caitlin at May 13, 2008 8:31 AM

Wow. That looks so amazing. You got my vote as this definitely inspired me.

Posted by: Lori at May 13, 2008 9:10 AM

Wow - not only did you pick a fabulous recipe, but you made yours look fantastic as well! Thanks for a fun TWD week.

Posted by: Jessica at May 13, 2008 9:12 AM

Thanks for picking this recipe, your pie looks absolutely professional, congrats

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Posted by: Ulrike aka ostwestwind at May 13, 2008 9:17 AM

Fabulous pick this week. Looks amazing! :)

Posted by: Carrie at May 13, 2008 9:47 AM

Wow! That looks amazing!

Posted by: Allie at May 13, 2008 10:46 AM

Thanks for the great pick! Yours looks amazing!

Posted by: Amy at May 13, 2008 10:46 AM

Wow, that pie looks like it's a mile high! Very impressive!

Posted by: Karen at May 13, 2008 10:59 AM

Thanks for picking this recipe!!!

Posted by: noskos at May 13, 2008 11:09 AM

love the height of your pie. and thanks for a great pick, i really enjoyed trying this one out!

Posted by: mimi at May 13, 2008 11:18 AM

That pie looks incredible! I bet is was delicious, and that ice cream you paired it with looks wonderful. This was a great pick- I hate that I had to miss out. I will have to put this on my list of recipes to catch up on!

Posted by: Erin at May 13, 2008 12:27 PM

Your pie makes me jealous! You have my vote for the week!

Posted by: Christine at May 13, 2008 12:38 PM

My word, your additions and side items all seems like great parings with lime. And your pie is beautiful. Thanks for the great choice.

Posted by: rainbowbrown at May 13, 2008 12:41 PM

your pie turned out wonderful, love the super fluffy merengue!! i also love the height. i am one of those non key-lime lovers but i made the recipe anyway for people in my life who DO like key lime. i did mini tarts. thanks for a good pick!

Posted by: Mara at May 13, 2008 12:53 PM

Oh God! Your pie looks fantastic! I wouldn't have thought of a springform - it really makes a statement! (and the meringue is gorgeous!)
Great pick, I'm glad this was my first week - I love this pie!

Posted by: Susan at May 13, 2008 1:06 PM

You pie looks amazing! What a great idea to use a spring foam pan. Your pie could eat my mini ones;)

Posted by: Laura at May 13, 2008 1:06 PM

I love how high and fluffy it is! Beautiful job and great choice!

Posted by: Tartelette at May 13, 2008 1:11 PM

What a great idea.. using a springform! Love the height. Sorry I wasn't able to get this one done but I am thinking next week since we can choose a repeater I might have to pick this one since there were such varying reviews among TWDers. Thanks for hosting!
Clara @ I♥food4thought

Posted by: CB at May 13, 2008 1:58 PM

WOW. Very impressive. And thanks for such a fabulous choice!!!

Posted by: Cafe Johnsonia at May 13, 2008 2:58 PM

The springform pan makes it look perfect. Your meringue looks perfect. thanks for picking this recipe. I love key lime pie!

Posted by: Kelly at May 13, 2008 3:01 PM

What a great choice! I absolutely loved this pie, nice and easy to make, but had awesome flavors. I love your cashew idea, and the springform pan as well...makes cutting that first slice waaaayyy easier!

Posted by: Stephanie at May 13, 2008 3:16 PM

Great choice! I just loved this pie!

Posted by: Katie B. at May 13, 2008 4:41 PM

Thank you for picking this! Love that you paired it with the ice cream, evrything looks so tasty!

Posted by: Lemon Tartlet at May 13, 2008 4:57 PM

I just happened on a site called David's Dessert of the Month Club and was taken aback to see that ordering a gift of 12 months from them ran $677.00! (And among the desserts was a tin of scones and a tin of rugellach -- neither very costly in ingredients nor time.)

I just thought it would be a nice idea to adapt to homemade treats walked down the block or driven across town. Many would probably really appreciate being able to look forward to receiving a new dessert each month.

It's sort of like a variation on the book of coupons idea I've read about where people give as gifts coupons bearing some customized task or errand the giver pledges to do for the recipient throughout a certain time period.

I don't know. Just an idea. If someone is involved with a project like Tuesdays with Dorie or Daring Bakers and baking on a regular basis, it could be a way of sharing some of the largesse with some enthusiastic recipients.

People would probably very much appreciate receiving even half a cake or whatever for 3+ months etc.

Just some thoughts. There will be a lot of gift giving occasions coming up in the approaching months. Maybe this idea could be suitable for some of them.

Posted by: alicia at May 13, 2008 6:11 PM

gosh that meringue is a thing of beauty! thanks for the pick--it was a great recipe!

Posted by: steph (whisk/spoon) at May 13, 2008 6:14 PM

Thanks everyone! Glad you enjoyed the pie. I had a busy day today so I hope to go and see how everyone's pies turned out tomorrow. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at May 13, 2008 8:12 PM

Oh and some of the comments are getting shifted into moderation. I rescued all of the ones I found. If you tried to post and don't see your comment above let me know.

Posted by: Dianne at May 13, 2008 8:22 PM

How did you get it so even! It looks like a beautiful cake. You have my vote for the top three this week.

Posted by: Heather Peskin at May 13, 2008 8:58 PM

Your pie looks amazing! What a great idea to make it in a spring form pan.

Posted by: Liliana at May 13, 2008 9:21 PM

Thank you for picking this recipe. From what I've seen so far, people had a lot of fun playing around with it (as did I) :) I loved the way your pie turned out in the springform pan.

Posted by: Michelle from Baken at May 13, 2008 10:53 PM

Your pie is one of the prettiest I've seen! Your meringue is the best I've seen! I used a mini springform and really enjoyed the flavors. Thanks for a great pick!

Posted by: Holly at May 13, 2008 11:02 PM

Great pick this week! How is that everything you make looks so amazing? You inspire me!

Posted by: Rachel at May 14, 2008 1:26 AM

I'm so sad that I didn't get to make this. It's totally my kind of dessert too! Thanks for a great pick though. I will definitely make it sometimes soon!

Posted by: Melissa at May 14, 2008 1:56 AM

Very very nice job! Love the height you got on this and how adorable the final pie looks! Glad you enjoyed all the flavors together and with the ice cream! Over the top!

Posted by: Gretchen Noelle at May 14, 2008 9:01 AM

Wow, your pie looks amazing. Thanks for the ice cream recipe too. Great pick.

Posted by: Shari at May 14, 2008 9:11 AM

I'm so glad you picked this recipe! My husband and I loved it. And your pie looks just beautiful! The meringue is gorgeous!

Posted by: Jayne at May 14, 2008 9:57 AM

Woah!

1. The springform pie looks AMAZING!!!

2. I am so glad you picked this recipe, I absolutely adored it. The coconut cream is my new favorite thing!

3. I'm so voting for you!

Posted by: rebekka at May 14, 2008 10:37 AM

Wowsa! You went all out on your Florida Pie! It looks mouthwatering!

Posted by: mari at May 14, 2008 11:15 AM

Thanks everyone! As soon as Alexis goes down for her nap in about 20 minutes I'm going to go through and see how everyone else's pies turned out...From what I've seen so far you guys did an awesome job! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at May 14, 2008 12:40 PM

Thank you for picking such a fantastic recipe! It's been my favorite so far. I love the way it turned out in the springform...it looks much more elegant. I'll definitely have to try that next time.

Posted by: Annemarie at May 14, 2008 2:31 PM

I love your meringue!

Posted by: Danielle at May 14, 2008 2:46 PM

Great pick Dianne. It looks beautiful made in the springform pan. I used Nellie & Joe's juice too. Although, now they're also making double-strength lemon juice packaged in an almost identical bottle. I bought this by accident and then had to make an emergency trip to the store when I opened the bottle and realized what I had done.

Posted by: annmartina at May 14, 2008 3:23 PM

What a great choice Dianne! I love the photos and think the first is especially pretty- I love the depth of your pie. Great job, my favorite dish yet!

Posted by: annestrawberry at May 14, 2008 4:49 PM

I love how that came out - the height is fantastic and the layers show up really well! Thanks for picking a great recipe, too :)

Posted by: Natalie at May 14, 2008 5:07 PM

I love it! I love variety and creativity!

Posted by: K-Nut at May 14, 2008 8:27 PM

I didn't know that Nellie and Joe's made a lemon juice...Good to know! I've got the double strength Key lime juice and it's what I used for my pie.

I tried to make it to everyone's blog this afternoon. I went through the blog roll. It took me a while, but I finally did it! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at May 14, 2008 9:00 PM

Thanks for a great pick! You brought lots of joy to many people with your pick! :)

Posted by: Food Librarian at May 14, 2008 11:21 PM

Wow. It looks amazing. The meringue is B E A U T I F U L and the springform, great idea

Posted by: Lauren at May 15, 2008 7:12 AM

Nice job on your pie-it looks beautiful! I really liked your pick for TWD.

Posted by: Lynne at May 15, 2008 7:43 AM

It seems most people enjoyed the pick. I saw a few who didn't, but that's ok too. Everyone isn't going to like every recipe, but it's fun to play around with things none the less.

Posted by: Dianne at May 15, 2008 9:16 AM

Your "pie" looks amazing, so tall. The addition of the cashews sounds like a great idea too.
Thanks for the great choice this week.

Posted by: Jenny at May 16, 2008 7:35 AM

Diane, thanks for the wonderful pick. I loved this recipe. Loved how tall your merainge turned out all fluffy and beautiful.

Posted by: Sharon at May 16, 2008 12:28 PM

I'm glad you enjoyed the pick! I thoroughly did! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at May 16, 2008 7:24 PM

thanks for picking a great recipe! i'm jealous with how beautiful your meringue turned out - mine was supposed to look like that ;)

Posted by: Jaime at May 17, 2008 1:15 AM

I was surprised at how well my meringue turned out. I was really surprised! ;o)

Posted by: Dianne at May 17, 2008 9:54 AM

I am so loving the use of the cashews...but then again, they are my favorite nut!
Looks fabulous, good pick.

Posted by: peabody at May 18, 2008 2:23 AM

I'm a big cashew fan too.

Posted by: Dianne at May 18, 2008 8:47 AM

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