Oystercatchers Stacked Key Lime Pie
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 egg whites
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Key Lime Custard
- Zest of 3 Key limes
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup Key lime juice
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 4 teaspoons cake flour
- 4 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped
- 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
Key Lime Sauce
- 1/4 cup Key lime juice
- 1/4 cup pastry cream
- 1 drop green food coloring
- Fresh raspberries
- Mint sprigs
- Key lime slices
- Pastry Wafers: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly film a baking
pan with vegetable spray. Draw 16 (2-inch) circles (leaving 1 inch between circles)
onto the baking pan, using either a round biscuit cutter or a glass.
- In a large mixing bowl sift together the confectioners' sugar and flour. Whisk
in the egg whites, working them into the flour and sugar until smooth and well incorporated.
Whisk in the melted butter and vanilla extract. Spoon the mixture onto the drawn
circles, using a circular motion to fill the space completely. Bake for 8 to 10
minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove the cookies from the oven and cool on a rack. Use a cake spatula to carefully
lift the baked cookies off the pan.
- Key Lime Custard: Heat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease
a small baking dish with butter.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the zest from the Key limes, sweetened condensed
milk, and Key lime juice and whisk together. Add the 3 egg yolks and whisk together
until well blended (the mixture will turn bright yellow). Pour the mixture into
the prepared baking pan, and place in the upper third of the oven. Bake for 20 minutes
or until set. The center of the custard will feel firm to the touch. Remove to a
rack and let cool overnight.
- Whipped Cream: Place the heavy cream in the well-chilled bowl of
an electric mixer fitted with a well-chilled balloon whip. Whip on low speed until
the cream is frothy. In a steady stream add the sugar and whip, gradually increasing
the mixer's speed until the cream begins to form peaks. Add the vanilla extract
and whip until soft peaks form. Or you may make by hand in a large mixing bowl,
with a large balloon whisk.
- Pastry Cream: In the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with
a whisk, beat the egg yolks with sugar on high speed until the mixture is thick
and pale yellow.
- Sift the flour and cornstarch together and whisk into the egg yolk mixture.
- In a nonreactive saucepan scald the milk with the vanilla bean. Pour about one-fourth
of the hot milk into the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Return this mixture
to the saucepan, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens, reaching a pudding-like
consistency. Remove the pan from the heat and blend in the butter. Strain into a
bowl and cover with film wrap, pressing down on the surface of the cream so that
a skin will not form. Cool. Refrigerate until needed.
- Key Lime Sauce: In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the Key lime
juice, pastry cream and green food coloring.
- To assemble: In the center of a dessert plate place one pastry wafer. On one
side of the wafer place a 2-ounce scoop of Key lime custard. Place a second wafer
on top of the custard, and top with another 2-ounce scoop of custard. Repeat for
one more layer, finishing with a fourth wafer. Dust the top with confectioners''
sugar, and garnish the plate with Key lime sauce, whipped cream, raspberries, mint
and slices of lime.
Source: Chef Kenneth Hunsberger - Oystercatchers, Tampa, Florida