Key limes -- so-called because they grow in the balmy climes of the Florida Keys -- are tangy, aromatic, and extraordinarily juicy little powerhouses that have been providing the inspiration for the region's signature dessert for more than a century. Pucker up for a taste of our Key lime pie in its many forms.
The filling for this pie is covered with a thin layer of superfine sugar, which turns into a beautiful, brittle sheet of caramel when bruleed, or burned, with a small kitchen blowtorch (available at amazon.com). That step is optional, though -- the pie is terrific without it, too. Note: the total time for this recipe includes making the dough, cooling, and chilling.
This is peak season for coconuts, and the fresh, creamy meat is well worth the effort in this pie. To crack a coconut, pierce its eyes with a screwdriver and drain liquid. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and bake coconut until it cracks, 15 to 30 minutes. Remove coconut, wrap in a dish towel, and tap with a hammer to separate the meat from the shell. Remove the skin with a vegetable peeler, and grate meat on a box grater.
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