Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Royal Foodie Joust - With plenty of time to spare for a change!

T's birthday pie!

As soon as I heard the ingredients for this months Royal Foodie Joust (hosted by Jenn-The Leftover Queen)I was excited. How could I not be with Lime, Raspberry and Almonds as the ingredients???!!! I new that these would be easy ones to work with. T.'s birthday is today and Key Lime Pie is one of his faves so I knew that would be the base but I was kind of confused as to how to work in the rest.

On Mother's Day we were hanging out by the pool and I posed the problem to T. thinking I would get my solution from him but up chirps my oldest daughter (who reads cookbooks because she has devoured every other age appropriate book in the house) that I needed to do an almond crust and a raspberry glaze on top. she good or what???!!! So guess what I did all day Friday?

Key Lime Pie with an Almond/Graham Crust and a Raspberry Glaze with Fresh Whipped Cream

Almond Crust:

1 Cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted
2/3 Cups graham cracker crumbs
3 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

In a food processor blend together the almonds, graham cracker crumbs and sugar until well mixed. Add the melted butter and blend until a moist crumb is formed. Press into a tart or pie tin (if using a tart pan use two pieces of foil to cover the outside of your pan) and bake at 350 for about 12 minutes or until the crust is browned.
2 Bags of Key Limes for $.99. The joys of living in Florida!

Key Lime Pie:

4 eggs
1 (14 oz.) can condensed milk
4 oz. fresh squeezed key lime juice

Blend eggs and the condensed mile. Add the key lime juice and blend thoroughly.

Pour the filling into your prepared crust and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool at room temperature. Refrigerate for at least one hour.

Raspberry Glaze:

1 pkg of frozen raspberries ( I had 1/2 bag frozen and about a cup fresh)
1/3 Cup sugar
1 Tbsp corn starch

Using a food processor puree the raspberries. Strain using any means you have. I tried to use a small strainer but it was a pain in the butt so I finally ended up using a small piece of cheese cloth and forcing the juice through.

In a small saucepan mix the raspberry juice with the sugar and the cornstarch. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until clear and thickened. Allow to cool.

Pour cooled glaze over cooled key lime pie.

Fresh Whipped Cream:

1 pint whipping cream
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Whip using the whisk attachment on you mixer until it form stiff peaks. Using a spatula fill a piping bag and pipe the edges of you pie.

As Always...

Happy Entertaining!!!



Dharm said...
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Dharm said...

That pie looks just lovely! I love the whole raspberries sitting there (I deleted my earlier comment coz I typed Strawberries.. !)

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

What an ingenious recipe Judy! You are definitely in the running to win an apron this time around:D

Peter M said...

As Borat wouls say..."eet's niiice, real niiice"! lol

A fine entry for the Joust...bon chance!

LisaRene said...

Perfect for summer, looks light and refreshing! Very strong use of the lime ingredient, that's the one I'm having the most trouble with. Great job!

Anonymous said...

Excellent use of the ingredients for the Joust! Your pie looks just spectacular! :)

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Thanks Dharm the pie tasted great as well. Nice balance with the sweet and tart!

Hi Val-it was easy seeing as my oldest daughter gave me the idea!

Hey Peter-it looks good eh?

You'll get it Lisa, you still have a ton of time left!

Thanks Nikki!

Thistlemoon said...

I have one word for you Judy and it is Perfect! This is a great entry and I wish you the best of luck in the Joust! I would love to send the apron to you this month too!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

I really, really need the apron. I sure hope you are able to send it to me this month!!! lol.

glamah16 said...

Great entry! And beautiful presenation. I need to get to thinking of what to do.

Núria said...

Gosh!!! I'm seeing all your entries for the Joust and I think I won't participate this month... your pics and recipes are "joust" too much for me!!! I don't even know what I will do :(

Your cake looks glorious!!!! Please, can I have a piece?