This by far has to be my hardest bake of the series, Pastry! Uhhhh something I despise making as it hates me and I hate it, why should I spend more buying the bits when I can just get ready made pastry - Sorry Paul but I've had far too many run ins with the dreaded P word. 
But despite my pre-conceptions about this bake I decided to put my issues aside and rise to the challenge (Little baking pun for you there) 
If you have Netflix, then I'm sure you will have seen 'Dexter' emblazoned over the home page, I'm a sucker for peer pressure so I caved and started to watch it - It came to a particular episode where 'Key Lime Pie' was frequently mentioned if you've seen it then you will understand 'The hunt for the perfect key lime pie' This has been a regular saying for my fiancee and I ever since we watched it, so with it being pie week undoubtedly I HAD to bake one. 



What You Need
For The Base
  • 1 - 1/2 Cups Plain Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Table Salt
  • 3oz Chilled Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tbs. Chilled Vegetable Shortening or Lard 
  • 3 tbs Water
For The Filling
  • 2 x 14oz Cans of Condensed Milk 
  • 2 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1 Cup Fresh Lime Juice (About 4 Limes)
  • 2 tbs. Grated Lime Zest 
For The Garnish
  • 1 Finely Sliced Lime
  • 1 tbs. Lime Zest
Ready? Lets Bake
The Base
  1. Put the Flour and Salt in a food processor and combine
  2. Cube the Butter, add to processor
  3. Add the Shortening and continue combining 
  4. Add the water slowly and combine until it all comes together
  5. It will look very crumbly but when you press it it should hold together, if not add a tiny bit more water
  6. Take out and roll into a ball, wrap in cling film to chill in the fridge for 30 mins
  7. Once Chilled, dust a clean work surface with flour roll it out to be about 1/8 inch thick and about 13 inches wide
  8. Drape the dough over a rolling pin and place onto a greased 9 inch pie pan
  9. With a knife carefully cut off the over hang
  10. Cover with cling film and let it chill for another 30 minutes
  11. Pre-Heat the oven to Gas Mark 4 | 160 fan 
  12. Prick the dough with a fork in several places
  13. Once out remove the cling film and place baking paper over the pie and fill the center with pie weights
  14. Place In the middle of the oven and bake for 30 mins or until the edges look golden, remove the paper and weights and let it bake for another 15 / 20 mins - It should turn a deep golden brown
  15. Take it out and let it cool 
  16. Leave the oven on still as you'll need to bake the filling next
The Filling
  1. Place the condensed milk into a large bowl with the egg yolks, lime juice and grated zest 
  2. Whisk together and pour into the pie crust
  3. Place it bake in the oven and let it bake for 30 minutes
  4. Let it cool slightly, then cover with cling film and place in the fridge so it can chill completely at least 3 hours.
  5. Once its fully cooled you can start to decorate, I used finely sliced limes to create a pattern then add the zest to the center, but you could place the zest all over and add lemon to the sides - You can even put whipped cream on the top.

So there it is, Its not perfect looking but it tastes soooo good, surprisingly its got quite a light taste and is quite a refreshing dessert. I hope you are enjoying these baking posts just as much as I'm enjoying making them. My family don't seem to mind the influx of food either.. 

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This by far has to be my hardest bake of the series, Pastry! Uhhhh something I despise making as it hates me and I hate it, why should I spend more buying the bits when I can just get ready made pastry - Sorry Paul but I've had far too many run ins with the dreaded P word. 
But despite my pre-conceptions about this bake I decided to put my issues aside and rise to the challenge (Little baking pun for you there) 
If you have Netflix, then I'm sure you will have seen 'Dexter' emblazoned over the home page, I'm a sucker for peer pressure so I caved and started to watch it - It came to a particular episode where 'Key Lime Pie' was frequently mentioned if you've seen it then you will understand 'The hunt for the perfect key lime pie' This has been a regular saying for my fiancee and I ever since we watched it, so with it being pie week undoubtedly I HAD to bake one. 



What You Need
For The Base
  • 1 - 1/2 Cups Plain Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Table Salt
  • 3oz Chilled Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tbs. Chilled Vegetable Shortening or Lard 
  • 3 tbs Water
For The Filling
  • 2 x 14oz Cans of Condensed Milk 
  • 2 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1 Cup Fresh Lime Juice (About 4 Limes)
  • 2 tbs. Grated Lime Zest 
For The Garnish
  • 1 Finely Sliced Lime
  • 1 tbs. Lime Zest
Ready? Lets Bake
The Base
  1. Put the Flour and Salt in a food processor and combine
  2. Cube the Butter, add to processor
  3. Add the Shortening and continue combining 
  4. Add the water slowly and combine until it all comes together
  5. It will look very crumbly but when you press it it should hold together, if not add a tiny bit more water
  6. Take out and roll into a ball, wrap in cling film to chill in the fridge for 30 mins
  7. Once Chilled, dust a clean work surface with flour roll it out to be about 1/8 inch thick and about 13 inches wide
  8. Drape the dough over a rolling pin and place onto a greased 9 inch pie pan
  9. With a knife carefully cut off the over hang
  10. Cover with cling film and let it chill for another 30 minutes
  11. Pre-Heat the oven to Gas Mark 4 | 160 fan 
  12. Prick the dough with a fork in several places
  13. Once out remove the cling film and place baking paper over the pie and fill the center with pie weights
  14. Place In the middle of the oven and bake for 30 mins or until the edges look golden, remove the paper and weights and let it bake for another 15 / 20 mins - It should turn a deep golden brown
  15. Take it out and let it cool 
  16. Leave the oven on still as you'll need to bake the filling next
The Filling
  1. Place the condensed milk into a large bowl with the egg yolks, lime juice and grated zest 
  2. Whisk together and pour into the pie crust
  3. Place it bake in the oven and let it bake for 30 minutes
  4. Let it cool slightly, then cover with cling film and place in the fridge so it can chill completely at least 3 hours.
  5. Once its fully cooled you can start to decorate, I used finely sliced limes to create a pattern then add the zest to the center, but you could place the zest all over and add lemon to the sides - You can even put whipped cream on the top.

So there it is, Its not perfect looking but it tastes soooo good, surprisingly its got quite a light taste and is quite a refreshing dessert. I hope you are enjoying these baking posts just as much as I'm enjoying making them. My family don't seem to mind the influx of food either.. 

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