I’d be imagining that many people wanting to clean up their diet, or discovering intolerances at the cause of their health problems, would think that Key Lime Pie and many desserts like it, would be strictly off the menu. Well, this baby is gluten free, grain free, dairy free and fructose free – you can even do a nut free base that I’ve included a link to. Part of why I started this blog, is because as a girl with a background in luxury hospitality and a half Frenchy, there was absolutely no way I was ditching delicious treats, once I admitted I was intolerant to wheat, most gluten containing grains, pasteurised dairy and that too much fructose had a bad effect on me. Makes me puffy and makes me fart. Badly. There, I said it.
Speaking of undesirable effects on the body, take also into account that independent studies show that fructose + wheat in combination, are more addictive to us than Cocaine. What chance do people have when the odds are stacked up against us like that? All of our true neurological food signals, or what people call ‘will power’, are shot to pieces. Lastly, when you put grains and fructose into our bodies, what has to do all the work? The liver. We pummel our livers with so much processing to do, that they just can’t keep up and so, with all of this in mind, that’s why I create the desserts, the way I create them. Minimal body rhythm disturbance, maximum enjoyment. Now, onto the important stuff. Enjoy the Key Lime Pie! It’s not the quickest of recipes, but it’s worth it. The harder you work the sweeter the success tastes, isn’t that true? If you have a large family, don’t mess about. Make 2.
Key lime pie is made up of 3 parts.
1. The lime curd custard (which will need your dairy free condensed milk to start with)
2. The crust
3. The cream on top
Firstly, the Condensed Milk.
Conventional condensed milk is one of the most processed supermarket products going around. Seriously denatured milk proteins are very bad for digestive health. That’s why long life milk, and even pasteurised milk can be problematic for people. Then, it’s blended with copious amounts of white sugar. Moving on shall we? Lucky, there’s a simple way to make a wholefood version.
With Thermomix thanks to the gorgeous Jo from Quirky Cooking for her recipe the other day (stove top method just below)
1 litre coconut cream (I used spiral brand, orange label but last time I did on the stove top my old version and did with Ayam coconut MILK. Also same result)
200ml Maple or rice syrup. I used rice syrup.
Pour all into thermomix. Speed 4. 45 minutes on the timer, temperature Varoma (nearly wrote Valhrona – clearly new to thermomix instructions in recipes). Pour out into a bowl to cool. You’re done. Makes about 450ml condensed milk, meaning you have enough for the 400ml you need for this recipe, plus some to plop on the buckini or quinoa porridge. Win!
OR on a stove top:
Pour all ingredients into a saucepan and turn heat on medium heat. Once it comes up to the boil, bring down to the simmer and stir occasionally for 2 hours. Then, pour into a bowl to cool but no need to cool completely or put in fridge or anything. Done.
We’ll come back to the condensed milk in a bit.
For the crust I used my nourishing almond biscuit recipe minus the spices. read the whole recipe here especially if you want to make the biscuits, or use this abridged method for the pie crust:
1 1/2 cups of roasted almonds ( use activated almonds, but regular are fine too.)
1/2 cup coconut oil or 125g butter, softened.
1 cup tapioca flour ( you can use arrowroot too, but preservative free is very hard to find)
1/3 cup rice syrup, maple syrup or coconut sugar
2 pinches sea salt
rind of a lime
1 vanilla pod’s seeds scraped out or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder.
1/2 cup desiccated coconut (beware preservative 220 when choosing your brand)
In your processor / whizzer of choice, whiz your almonds till finely crushed. Add all the rest. Whiz again until well combined into a crunchy paste consistency.
Then, press out this mixture into a spring form pan, that has been lined just on the bottom with a circle cut-to-measure of parchment paper. Press it all out until it’s just under a 1/2 cm thick on the base and up the sides.
Bake in oven for 15 minutes on 180C / 350F. It will bubble up / puff up a bit. Don’t worry. Just coerce it gently flat afterwards, and press out any ‘floating fat’ on top there there is any, with a paper towel or tissue. You might need to do 20 minutes, oven depending. Do not be tempted to let it go fully golden brown, as it still has 20 minutes with the filling to go and burnt crust is bitter!
Don’t remove the crust from the tin. It needs further baking with the filling.
NEED TO BE NUT FREE? Try my faux pie crust instead
The lime curd custard filling
This part is an absolute sinch. Phew, right?
4 large egg yolks
400ml condensed milk
5-6 tablespoons lime juice (taste at 5, add another if you want it more limey)
Zest of half a lime
Take 4 egg yolks and whisk them on high for a minute. Then blob in 400ml of condensed milk slowly until fully incorporated and at the end, whisky in your lime juice and rind. Pour this mixture now into the pie crust. Bake for 15-20 minutes on 180C / 350F until only slightly wobbly in the middle.
Now, pop it all in the fridge for – you’re going to hate me now – 4 hours. Yep, sorry about that.
The cream top
YUM!!! Is all I can say and use this to ‘ice’ your cupcakes, carrot cake or even pop leftover mixture from this recipe, in the next day’s smoothie.
You’ll need 2 cans of coconut cream for this, but you won’t be using the lot. Keep them in the fridge for an hour, and scoop off just the thick top part, keeping the water to the side for smoothies later.
400ml coconut cream – top of can only from 2 cans.
2 tablespoons maple or rice syrup
2 tablespoons lime juice
Whisk the thick coconut cream for a minute on turbo first in whatever whizzy thing you choose. I used a hand held beater. It was perfect for the task.
Then plop other ingredients in. Whiz for a further 10 seconds. You’re done.
Note: If you’re not ready to assemble straight away, put in the fridge, and then re-whiz for a few seconds, to fluff it back up ready for spreading, when you are ready to spread over the top of the pie.
Note 2: I didn’t need all of this. I had about 1/2 a cup excess and used in smoothies over the next couple of days and it was a delicious addition to a berry smoothie!
The final assemblage
Pull out your set pie from the fridge. Release it from the spring form and remove the ring and the base, along with the parchment paper circle and place on a flat cake building tray or your serving plate.
Take a spatula and blob a huge blob of the cream topping smack bang in the centre of your pie. Gently spin the cake around with one hand, and in the opposite direction, spread your icing out in a circular motion. That way you get nice even coverage and form to the cream top.
Grate another lime zest’s worth and sprinkle a few bits of lime zest on top. Et voila! You’ve done it. Do you feel clever? I did!
This pie contains ingredients your body recognizes and can be nourished from. That’s the magic of it. It’s extremely nutrient dense and high calorie, so to fully enjoy your slice, I’d say save it for when you are only going to have a light soup lunch or salad. There’d be nothing worse than being too full to enjoy this to the max. Trust me.
I hope you love it. Will you do something for me when you make it?
Will you post me a pic on facebook or tag me on instagram at @Alexx_Stuart? I’d so love that.
Would I have done anything differently next time? I’d try and find a smaller spring form cake tin than the standard, so that the crust comes up higher up the sides, and the ratio is more custard to crust. You would have to bake the custard an extra 10 minutes, on a lower temperature at 160/170C - 330F if you did that though, in case you like the sound of that. Again, just look for the slight wobble in the middle and you know you’re done.
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