Scarily Tangy Mini Key Lime Pies
These scarily tangy mini key lime pies just have a touch more lime juice and they are gluten-free. They’re also super simple to make. And if you love tangy flavours you’ll love this.
And if you don’t just add less lime juice.
What is a Key Lime Pie?
Oh, don’t pretend like you don’t know already… OK, there are a few different versions of it. It can have a pastry or a biscuit base. The filling is made by whipping together some lime juice, zest, condensed milk with some other form of fat like sour cream or egg yolks. And the topping can either be meringue or whipped cream.
Key Lime Pie hails from America where it’s much easier to find key limes (from Florida). Reading online, it seems key limes are more aromatic and a touch more like lemons. The limes in most supermarkets here are Persian limes, I think. That’s what I used. And they work great too.
I love these little pies. I want to try all the different variations of key lime pie too. You can use lemons instead of limes for a lemon meringue style pie. And the filling here is foolproof. So I’m definitely tempted to do that.
Where did I get the recipe?
I searched for Key Lime Pie recipes and took a look at the top three:
- Key lime pie recipe – BBC Good Food
- Best Key Lime Pie – Mom On Timeout
- A proper key lime pie – Jamie Oliver
The Mom On Timeout’s recipe uses sour cream. So I was very tempted by that. But I didn’t have any so I went with the condensed milk and egg yolks method.
The biscuit base
For the biscuit base I used my go-to biscuit base recipe from the Bitter Toffee Pecan Pies which is 75 grams of salted butter, 10 – 12 gluten free ginger biscuits (depending on how dry and dense the biscuits are), 150g pecan nuts, ground cinnamon and maple syrup. And this time around I also added a big pinch of salt. The cookies I used this time are especially sweet so I felt it needed more salt than was in butter. But I still added in the maple syrup – because bizarrely it needed that too.
These ginger cookies also have little chips of stem ginger in them. I removed most of these because I was worried it would be strange to have that in the crust. In case you’re wondering why I used these cookies, I really like them. Especially with cream cheese.
Reading the comments on the BBC Good Food recipe a few people were complaining about the amount of butter in the recipe. I use a lot of butter in my biscuit base. Not as much. About half that. But still more than the average biscuit base. I find this gives the biscuit base a toffeeish kind of quality.
But after reading the comments complaining about it and how they had to use kitchen towel to soak up the extra butter. I decided to put the pies on kitchen paper while they chilled in the fridge. And yes, you can see from the photo below, they definitely leave a little butter behind them.
I like them like that. But if you would like a biscuit base that is less buttery just use 6 tablespoons of salted butter. It won’t be as nice though. Well, not to my taste.
Why are these mini key lime pies so tangy?
I’m going to be honest. I thought I was using one more lime than is in the recipes above. I thought it said to use three limes. And these are big juicy limes I used here so I figured 3 of them weighed a pound.
Did I weigh the limes? Why would I do that? Who weighs limes? – Oh, people who want to make sure and follow a recipe correctly, eh? Well, I … where’s the fun in that?
Anyway, I thought the recipe called for 3 limes. I had 4 limes, but the fourth was going to be for decorating the top. So I tasted the whipped up condensed milk, egg yolks, juice and zest of three limes. I decided it wasn’t tangy enough and added in another lime. I’m telling you this because if you do the same thing, you need to know that the tangyness develops and deepens after baking and chilling.
So these tasted much tangyer later. Also the limes I used were very large and bursting with juice. Got them in Dunnes. Juiciest limes I’ve seen in a while. But if you want to make your key lime pies that bit “scarier” than the average, just add in the juice of one more half a lime than the recipe calls for.