Lemons, Limes, Pies and a Wickedly Delicious Martini

Photograph:  Suzanne Cowden of Flour Arrangements

Photograph: Suzanne Cowden of Flour Arrangements

Baking up a storm is in my blood and I have a weakness for all baked goods, cakes, pies, doughnuts, cookies and coffee cake.  Today’s post, all about pie.

My grandmother used to make the most delicious lemon meringue pie and at a young age it was such a marvel to me that an egg could turn in to a creation so light and airy as meringue.  I have found several fabulous recipes, but this one made me catch my breath for just a moment.  This is from a site called BonBon Break, the site name itself is wickedly delicious.  The recipe was written by Suzanne Cowden and is absolutely phenomenal.

A delicious pre-baked pine nut crust gently cradles the filling, made with freshly squeezed lemons and limes,  and topped with a light and slightly torched meringue.

There are so many delicious recipes on this site, make sure you have plenty of ink in your printer.  You will find the full recipe here

Photograph:  Todd Coleman for Saveur Mag

Photograph: Todd Coleman for Saveur Mag

Sticking with the cream pie theme, the delectable Key Lime Pie is next.  I have to be honest, I have never had Key Lime Pie, and I am very eager to try my first one.  Saveur Mag has a very tempting recipe that is definitely on my menu.   The shopping list is basic; graham cracker crumbs, butter, granulated sugar, lime zest, egg yolks, condensed milk, Key lime juice, heavy cream and confectioners sugar.

You will find Saveur’s recipe in it’s entirety here

While on the search for a great Key Lime recipe, I found this little gem over at Coastliving.com and I simply could not resist this tempting libation.  While you are over on their site poking around, check out their pie and dessert recipes.

Photograph: Jean Allsopp for Coastal Living

Photograph: Jean Allsopp for Coastal Living

Key Lime Pie Martini

  • Honey
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons vanilla flavored vodka
  • 2 tablespoons Key lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup ice
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Lime wedge

Line the rim of a martini glass with honey and dip into graham cracker crumbs, coating the rim with crumbs. Combine vodka and next 4 ingredients in a martini shaker. Shake until very cold. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick and lime wedge. Makes 1 serving.

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