I’ve recently gone through that potentially much-loathed and quite often stressful task of moving home, packing up all my cake tins, recipes and lustre dusts to a brand new kitchen ready to test drive. Despite all the boring, stressful tasks that befell me in my new humble abode, there is one absolutely necessary step in the moving process that that I always look forward to: the house warming! I love any excuse for a party and of course I love any excuse to whip up a treat so the party was the perfect situation to make our new home sweet home literally that little bit sweeter.
Now, as much as I enjoy trying out brand new untested recipes to unleash on everyone, I always try to stick to a couple of main guidelines when baking up a storm for an event or occasion to minimise pressure and maximise happy guests. Essentially I want something I know tastes and looks spectacular so this is where old favourites take centre stage. I also want something that ideally I can prepare in advance or requires little time and effort during the party itself so I can focus on my guests (and my glass of Pimms).
With all this in mind there was really only one choice: Key Lime Pie.
Incredibly easy to make, minimal mid-party faffing and it tastes INCREDIBLE! A rich buttery biscuit base filled with a perfectly summery zesty lime centre and finished off with freshly whipped cream. I mean c’mon people, it’s a sure-fire hit for all!
- 500g digestive biscuits
- 200g unsalted butter
- 8 egg yolks
- 2 tins (397g) of condensed milk
- 7 limes
- 450ml whipped cream
- 1 tbsp icing sugar
- Preheat your oven to 170C
- Firstly, you need to finely crush the biscuits. If you don't have a food processor then the easiest way is to place the biscuits in a sealed sandwich bag and absolutely go to town on them with a rolling pin or blunt object. Please be careful of surfaces and fingers when HULK SMASH-ing your biscuits (it is ridiculously satisfying though!)
- Place the crushed biscuits into a bowl.
- Melt the butter, add to the crushed biscuits and mix thoroughly.
- Spoon the mix into a 30cm dish. Press the biscuits down to form a firm base all along the bottom and sides of the dish and use your hands to flatten the edges. Bake for 15-20 minutes then leave to cool.
- Add your egg yolks only to a bowl, pour in the condensed milk and mix together.
- Grate the zest and squeeze the juice of 5 of the limes into the bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Once your base is cool, pour in the mixture, making sure it's spread evenly over the base.
- Bake again for 20 minutes or until the filling is firm with only a slight wobble. Remove and leave to cool completely.
- The topping can be done just before the party begins as it's very quick and easy.
- Whip together the cream and icing sugar until thick and smooth.
- Using a spoon and palette knife, spread the cream over the top and zest the other two limes on top.
- Pop it in the fridge until it's time for your guests to inhale it and in the meantime you can use the rest of those two limes as an accompaniment to your G&T or Dark and Stormy!
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