Thursday, June 11, 2020

Covid Cafe: Key Lime Pie Redemption (with recipe)

Hello chefs of Covid Cafe. Thank you for your recent submissions, which we'll get to just as soon as we let Rob redeem himself...

Rob writes: after the epic fail, I was determined to eek out a decent key lime pie.  It’s just a matter of respect. When you fail, you get back on the horse and up your game.

Redemption Key Lime Pie is the result, made using the correct recipe, courtesy of Shaw's Crab House in Chicago. 

Who would ever think 3 1/4 cups of citrus could possibly make a pie curd?  After my research I figured that I now had the right proportions in the new recipe and proceeded with purpose.

Pie crust--check

Right sized bowl on the pan of water--check

A promising result before chilling four hours--check

And, may I say, five hours of chilling later, food porn on the plate

Wayne’s response, “It was good, but not your best.”  I think he’s angling for additional test pies to consume until we achieve perfection! 

(My response: your boyfriend is heartless and doesn't deserve any more pie.)

One 9-inch pie
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Chilling time: 4 hours

Graham cracker pie crust:
2 cups graham crackers crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup ground almonds
6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

Grated rind of 4 limes, about 1 teaspoon
Juice of 4 limes, about 9 tablespoons (if Kkey limes are used, more than four limes may be needed. If Persian limes are used, three may be sufficient.)
3 whole eggs
3 egg yolks
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. For crust, combine ingredients in 9-inch pie pan. Press over bottom and up sides of pan. Bake until crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on wire rack.

2. For filling, mix lime rind, lime juice, whole eggs, and egg yolks in top of double boiler. Stir in sugar. Cook over a simmering water until eggs thicken like hollandaise sauce, about 8 to 10 minutes. Do not boil. Remove from heat. Add butter and stir until melted.

3. Pour mixture in the pie shell. Let it come to room temperature, then refrigerate for 4 hours.

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American Smooth

We were dancing—it must have
been a foxtrot or a waltz,
something romantic but
requiring restraint,
rise and fall, precise
execution as we moved
into the next song without
stopping, two chests heaving
above a seven-league
stride—such perfect agony,
one learns to smile through,
ecstatic mimicry
being the sine qua non
of American Smooth.
And because I was distracted
by the effort of
keeping my frame
(the leftward lean, head turned
just enough to gaze out
past your ear and always
smiling, smiling),
I didn’t notice
how still you’d become until
we had done it
(for two measures?
four?)—achieved flight,
that swift and serene
before the earth
remembered who we were
and brought us down. 

First nasturtium

Bob Marley

Redemption Song

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