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Lime Cream and Strawberry Pie

Ingredients

  • Recipe by Lauren Chattman
  • Source: Icebox Pies 2002
  • Crust
  • 50 vanilla wafer cookies 1 1/2 cups crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pie
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream chilled
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries hulled and thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Crust
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  3. Place the cookies in the workbowl of a food processor and process them until they are finely ground. Combine the crumbs, butter, salt, and vanilla in a medium-size mixing bowl and stir until the crumbs are moistened.
  4. Press the mixture evenly across the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate and all the way up the sides of the pan, packing it tightly with your fingertips so it is even and compacted.
  5. Bake the crust until it is golden and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Let it cool completely before filling it. (The crust may be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen for up to 1 month.)
  6. Pie
  7. Combine the eggs, sugar and lime zest in a heavy saucepan and whisk until smooth. Add the lime juice and butter and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture is thickened, 7 to 9 minutes. Do not allow the mixture to come to a boil. Pour the hot lime curd through a fine strainer into a glass bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the lime curd. Refrigerate the lime curd until it is cold and thick, at least 3 hours and up to 3 days.
  8. In a medium-size mixing bowl using an electric mixer, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the lime curd and then scrape the filling into the prepared pie shell. Cover the pie with plastic wrap and refrigerate it until the filling is completely set, at least 6 hours and up to 1 day.
  9. Just before serving, arrange the strawberry slices in concentric circles on top of the filling.