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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.


46 Responses to “TWD: Florida Pie”

  1. 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!

    Posted by Tammy | May 13, 2008, 5:57 pm
  2. Great job! I really like how you used the coconut cookies to make the crust. Good job with the lime filling!

    Posted by Christine | May 13, 2008, 6:11 pm
  3. 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).

    Posted by Hygeian Stew | May 13, 2008, 6:11 pm
  4. I want those tart pans! I totally know what you mean, sweetened condensed milk adds major yummy-ness to everything!

    Posted by dobetter | May 13, 2008, 6:16 pm
  5. They’re like little flowers! Wouldn’t they be the cutest thing for a tea party?

    Posted by lemontartlet | May 13, 2008, 6:30 pm
  6. 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!

    Posted by Bridget | May 13, 2008, 6:31 pm
  7. Beautiful work!

    Posted by CRS | May 13, 2008, 6:44 pm
  8. A coconut cookie crust sounds delicious! Very pretty!

    Posted by Engineer Baker | May 13, 2008, 7:00 pm
  9. This is the first that I have heard of a Florida pie. The coconut and lime flavour combo sounds good. Your tarts look great.

    Posted by Kevin | May 13, 2008, 7:12 pm
  10. They look great and I didn’t miss the coconut at all.

    Posted by bakingwiththeboys | May 13, 2008, 7:36 pm
  11. Your little tarts are adorable!

    Posted by Jayne | May 13, 2008, 7:57 pm
  12. Really cute Florida pies with the fluted pie dishes.

    Posted by Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats | May 13, 2008, 8:03 pm
  13. I love your little tarts! So cute and the meringue looks great!

    Posted by Heather | May 13, 2008, 8:12 pm
  14. 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.

    Posted by bombshellwithin | May 13, 2008, 8:21 pm
  15. 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!

    Posted by PheMom | May 13, 2008, 9:49 pm
  16. Your tarts are so cute! I love the decorative look of the meringue!

    Posted by Tracey | May 13, 2008, 9:54 pm
  17. your mini tarts look delish! i love how the green cloth reflects back on to the aluminum tart, a really pretty photo!

    Posted by mimi | May 13, 2008, 10:08 pm
  18. mmmm…very cute!

    Posted by steph- whisk/spoon | May 13, 2008, 10:11 pm
  19. I love how the pan that you baked it in actually looks green from the reflection of the cloth underneath! Beautiful!

    Posted by Mary Ann | May 13, 2008, 10:13 pm
  20. 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!

    Posted by Mara | May 13, 2008, 11:33 pm
  21. Adorable!

    Posted by Melissa | May 14, 2008, 12:48 am
  22. Did you hear me yell “WOW”? That little beauty has my taste buds running riot!

    Posted by sher | May 14, 2008, 1:21 am
  23. They look stunning. Absolutely gorgeous sounding recipe too.

    Posted by culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess | May 14, 2008, 2:25 am
  24. Love the little tarts!

    Posted by Amy W | May 14, 2008, 6:32 am
  25. Oh they are beautiful! Just like a delicious pie with clouds! Great job!!!Carrie

    Posted by C.L. | May 14, 2008, 6:36 am
  26. Your pies look wonderful. Great idea to use the coconut cookies for the crust. Great job!

    Posted by Liliana | May 14, 2008, 6:43 am
  27. 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.

    Posted by Lori | May 14, 2008, 7:37 am
  28. I like your ideas to give the challenges a twist :-).Your individual portions look greatUlrike from Küchenlatein

    Posted by ostwestwind | May 14, 2008, 8:16 am
  29. Adorable little tarts! I am a condensed milk addict myself. Looks like I am in good company ;)Clara @ I♥food4thought

    Posted by CB | May 14, 2008, 8:30 am
  30. Creative and beautiful as always, the coconut cookie crust is a winner!

    Posted by Mevrouw Cupcake | May 14, 2008, 8:53 am
  31. Your pie looks fabulous! I Love the idea of a coconut cookie crust. Absolutely perfect idea!!

    Posted by Marie | May 14, 2008, 9:01 am
  32. Great idea to use coconut cookies! yum!

    Posted by Piggy | May 14, 2008, 9:18 am
  33. Those look amazing- I love your little pans. Great job using the cookies. Yum!

    Posted by Anne | May 14, 2008, 9:47 am
  34. Love the cute mini-tarts.

    Posted by Sharon | May 14, 2008, 9:48 am
  35. It looks great! I love the coconut cookie crust idea. Very nice!

    Posted by Dianne | May 14, 2008, 1:02 pm
  36. I love everything with condensed milk too! HahaWhat a good idea the coconut cookie crust! Great job!* Thanks for your comment on my blog.

    Posted by Isa | May 14, 2008, 1:29 pm
  37. I love that first photo Gretchen! I love how the green reflects against the pie tin!

    Posted by Aran | May 14, 2008, 4:58 pm
  38. Really good job, and they look so tasty :)

    Posted by Natalie | May 14, 2008, 9:58 pm
  39. Lime is heavenly in my book! These little tarts are so good looking! Could you pass me one please.

    Posted by MyKitchenInHalfCups | May 15, 2008, 2:43 am
  40. Great job on the pies. They look great!

    Posted by Judy @ No Fear Entertaining | May 15, 2008, 11:37 am
  41. Your mini tarts are adorable! I bet that crust was delicious!

    Posted by Erin | May 15, 2008, 5:46 pm
  42. I love your coconut cookie crust idea. Plus, your fluted pans are adorable!

    Posted by Shari | May 15, 2008, 9:03 pm
  43. que rico!! looks excellent!

    Posted by Flanboyant Eats | May 16, 2008, 9:25 am
  44. your little pies are adorable! and i’m so jealous of your beautiful meringue, that’s what i wanted mine to look like ;)

    Posted by Jaime | May 16, 2008, 11:13 pm
  45. 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.

    Posted by Cakelaw | May 17, 2008, 2:57 am
  46. 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!!

    Posted by amy lineburg | June 9, 2008, 11:58 pm

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