TWD: Florida Pie

Coconut Lime PieSo you remember that I am not always a huge fan of coconut. I like when it is mixed into things like cookies or bars. I suppose I am not a fan when it is the primary flavor?

But, I set out to try the pie as written. I have no idea why I began with the coconut cream. Of course, I didn’t want to buy the cream so I tried to use milk and butter. At first I had coconut shreds in milk then it turned into a thick mass. Neither looked appetizing. Or tasted very good. It is still sitting in a plastic container in my fridge. [Updated to add: Subsequent times I have made this, I have included the coconut cream and enjoyed it!]

I thought about just making lime filling in a graham crust, but wondered if I could still incorporate something of the coconut. I decided upon a simple cookie that is sold here and bought a few packages to make the crust with. This way, I was staying true to the coconut & lime flavors.

In the end the coconut flavor of the crust sort of faded into the background and the lime filling stood out front and center. I would absolutely make the filling again. I think I have a thing for things with sweetened condensed milk. Yum!

Florida Pie

Yield: 8 servings

Source: Adapted from Baking From My Home to Yours


  • 1 3/4 cups coconut cookie crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut, divided
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons Key lime juice
  • 1/4 cup white sugar


  1. CRUST: In a small bowl, combine crumbs, sugar and butter; stirring until completely combined. Firmly press crumbs into pie plate and freeze (at least 30 minutes or overnight). Bake at 350F until crust is lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  3. COCONUT FILLING: Combine cream and 1 cup of coconut in a small heavy saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Simmer until cream is reduced by half and mixture is slightly thickened. Scrape into a bowl to cool, until ready to assemble.
  4. LIME FILLING: Beat the egg yolks swiftly until thick and pale. Gently beat in the condensed milk, and then slowly pour in lime juice.
  5. ASSEMBLY: Spread the coconut cream in the bottom of the crust. Pour the lime filling over the coconut cream. Bake the pie for 12 minutes. Transfer the pies to a cooling rack and cool for 15 minutes, then freeze the pie for at least 1 hour.
  6. TOPPING: Preheat broiler. Put the egg whites and the sugar in a metal bowl and place over a pot of simmering water, whisking all the while, until the whites are hot to the touch. Remove the egg whites from the heat and beat them at high speed until they reach room temperature and hold firm peaks. Fold in remaining coconut. Spread the meringue over the top of the pie, and broil until the meringue turns golden brown. Return the pie to the freezer for another 30 minutes or for up to 3 hours before serving.

Florida Pie is being served up for Tuesdays With Dorie. This weeks TWD recipe was chosen by Dianne of Dianne’s Dishes. Enjoy more Florida Pies by visiting the blogroll at the Tuesdays With Dorie website.

Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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46 Responses

  1. Tammy says:

    Yum – your tarts looks great. I didnt get a chance to make my challenge this week, but will have to play catch up at some stage!

  2. Christine says:

    Great job! I really like how you used the coconut cookies to make the crust. Good job with the lime filling!

  3. Hygeian Stew says:

    Your florida pies look great! I’m glad to know I’m not the only person who hangs on to stuff in the fridge hoping to find another use for it (even it it’s not the best tasting).

  4. dobetter says:

    I want those tart pans! I totally know what you mean, sweetened condensed milk adds major yummy-ness to everything!

  5. lemontartlet says:

    They’re like little flowers! Wouldn’t they be the cutest thing for a tea party?

  6. Bridget says:

    Oh, they look great. And I love what you did with the flavors – a bit of coconut in the crust would have been just the right amount!

  7. CRS says:

    Beautiful work!

  8. Engineer Baker says:

    A coconut cookie crust sounds delicious! Very pretty!

  9. Kevin says:

    This is the first that I have heard of a Florida pie. The coconut and lime flavour combo sounds good. Your tarts look great.

  10. bakingwiththeboys says:

    They look great and I didn’t miss the coconut at all.

  11. Jayne says:

    Your little tarts are adorable!

  12. Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats says:

    Really cute Florida pies with the fluted pie dishes.

  13. Heather says:

    I love your little tarts! So cute and the meringue looks great!

  14. bombshellwithin says:

    These little tart pies are so adorable! I just want to gobble them all up! But i wonder if they would have looked so pretty without the merengue… I’m not a big fan of that.

  15. PheMom says:

    Your little tart/pies look absolutely adorable. I am with you on the “things made with swt condensed milk”! That was a big deciding factor in getting me to make this yesterday!

  16. Tracey says:

    Your tarts are so cute! I love the decorative look of the meringue!

  17. mimi says:

    your mini tarts look delish! i love how the green cloth reflects back on to the aluminum tart, a really pretty photo!

  18. steph- whisk/spoon says:

    mmmm…very cute!

  19. Mary Ann says:

    I love how the pan that you baked it in actually looks green from the reflection of the cloth underneath! Beautiful!

  20. Mara says:

    oooh i’m glad you posted! i love the idea of a coconut crust too. i used cinnamon graham and the kick in the crust worked so well with the lime…love your mini tartlettes too!

  21. Melissa says:


  22. sher says:

    Did you hear me yell “WOW”? That little beauty has my taste buds running riot!

  23. culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess says:

    They look stunning. Absolutely gorgeous sounding recipe too.

  24. Amy W says:

    Love the little tarts!

  25. C.L. says:

    Oh they are beautiful! Just like a delicious pie with clouds! Great job!!!Carrie

  26. Liliana says:

    Your pies look wonderful. Great idea to use the coconut cookies for the crust. Great job!

  27. Lori says:

    I love the coconut cookie crumb crust idea. I would do it all as I love coconut. Your little tarts looks great with the green reflecting in them. Very nice. It all looks great.

  28. ostwestwind says:

    I like your ideas to give the challenges a twist :-).Your individual portions look greatUlrike from Küchenlatein

  29. CB says:

    Adorable little tarts! I am a condensed milk addict myself. Looks like I am in good company ;)Clara @ I♥food4thought

  30. Mevrouw Cupcake says:

    Creative and beautiful as always, the coconut cookie crust is a winner!

  31. Marie says:

    Your pie looks fabulous! I Love the idea of a coconut cookie crust. Absolutely perfect idea!!

  32. Piggy says:

    Great idea to use coconut cookies! yum!

  33. Anne says:

    Those look amazing- I love your little pans. Great job using the cookies. Yum!

  34. Sharon says:

    Love the cute mini-tarts.

  35. Dianne says:

    It looks great! I love the coconut cookie crust idea. Very nice!

  36. Isa says:

    I love everything with condensed milk too! HahaWhat a good idea the coconut cookie crust! Great job!* Thanks for your comment on my blog.

  37. Aran says:

    I love that first photo Gretchen! I love how the green reflects against the pie tin!

  38. Natalie says:

    Really good job, and they look so tasty 🙂

  39. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Lime is heavenly in my book! These little tarts are so good looking! Could you pass me one please.

  40. Judy @ No Fear Entertaining says:

    Great job on the pies. They look great!

  41. Erin says:

    Your mini tarts are adorable! I bet that crust was delicious!

  42. Shari says:

    I love your coconut cookie crust idea. Plus, your fluted pans are adorable!

  43. Flanboyant Eats says:

    que rico!! looks excellent!

  44. Jaime says:

    your little pies are adorable! and i’m so jealous of your beautiful meringue, that’s what i wanted mine to look like 😉

  45. Cakelaw says:

    All I can say is – yum! After seeing all of these pies this week, I bought a bunch of limes at the market today to make my own.

  46. amy lineburg says:

    Have you ever had, you probably have, coffee w/ sweetened condensed milk. Maybe they make that here in Peru, but everywhere I had “merienda” in Buenos Aires last month had it on the menu. Tres Leches they called it, even though the three colors were espresso, the foam from the espresso, and a layer of sweetened, condensed milk. I fell in Love!!

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