Florida Pie(well, more like cake)…

When this weeks Tuesday’s with Dorie pick from Dianne of Dianne’s Dishes was Florida Pie, I was happy yet sad at the same time. See Florida Pie is pretty much Key Lime Pie…and we all know I love that. The only thing is, if you read this blog you know that I just made Key Lime Pie. And I don’t really like repeaters.
I thought of different ways to make the pie and it just wasn’t doing it for me. I knew that I wanted to make the key lime filling. I knew I wanted some sort of graham cracker element. I needed coconut since that is what helps make this different from regular key lime. And I knew I needed meringue but that I wanted it in cookie form.
I originally thought of a deconstruct(like the photo below). But I am just not really a fan of those desserts for some reason. They seem cold to me…and not like ice cream cold, more like mean boy that tells you that you DO look fat in those jeans cold.
So back to thinking I went. I decided to see if I could make a genoise using graham flour. I was afraid it would be a little to heavy but it turned out beautifully(yay!). I then decided instead of filling the cake I would thin out the filling and make it more of a glaze. I didn’t really need to do anything to the filling except give it a whirl in the Kitchen Aid once it had been baked, frozen and then refrigerated. Top it with some crushed up meringues and some shredded coconut and I had myself a tasty little dessert.
Sherry Yard and Nick Malgieri also spent their Tuesday with Dorie as they were the other “contributers” to my dessert.
I am sure lots of other TWD participants actually made the PIE. So if you are interested in that check out the Tuesday’s with Dorie website.

P.S. Don’t they look like the ghosts(Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde) from Pac Man days?

Graham Cake with Florida Key Lime Pie Glaze

Graham Genoise:

6 large eggs
1 cup sugar
4 ounces unsalted butter, melted
½ cup cake flour, sifted
½ cup graham flour

Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease and flour two 8-x-8-inch pans.

Fill a medium saucepan halfway with water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Combine the eggs and sugar in the bowl of our standing mixer and place it over the simmering water, creating a double boiler, being careful that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Insert  a thermometer. Whisk continuously until the temperature reaches 110F, 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove from the heat and transfer the bowl to a standing mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, or use a hand mixer. Whip on high speed for  5 to 8 minutes, or until the eggs are three times their original volume, are thick and pale yellow in color. Turn down the mixer and whip for 2 minutes to help stabilize the foam. On low speed, stream the warm melted butter into the batter and mix for 15 seconds until incorporated.
Add the flours to the foam all at once and fold it in carefully with a balloon whisk just until incorporated, maintaining as mush of the foam as possible.
Pour the batter evenly among the two prepared pans. Tap each pan lightly on the table three times to eliminate air bubbles. Then, using the same jerking wrist action you would use to throw a Frisbee, swing each pan around on the table so that the batter is forced up the sides of the pan. This will prevent a dome from forming in the middle of the cake.
Bake for 15 minutes. Switch the pans front to back and rotate them, then bake another 10-12 minutes more. Test the cake for doneness by lightly touching the top of it with a finger. The finger indention should spring right back into place. If it doesn’t, bake for another 5-10 minutes more. The cake is also done when it begins to pull away slightly from the sides of the pan.
Let cool on rack for 15 minutes, then invert onto the rack, remove pans and cool for at least 2 hours before using. Once cooled, cut out rounds using a cookie cutter.

Source: Adapted From The Secrets of Baking by Sherry Yard

Key Lime Pie Filling:

4 large eggs yolks
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh Key (or regular) lime juice (from about 5 regular limes)

Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl beat the egg yolks at high speed until thick and pale.  Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat in the condensed milk.  Still on low, add half of the lime juice.  When it is incorporated, add the reaming juice, again mixing until it is blended.
Bake the pie for 12 minutes.  Transfer the pie to a cooling rack and cool for 15 minutes, then freeze the pie for at least 1 hour. Then place in fridge until needed.

Source: Adapted from Baking From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan

The merignues were made using the recipe from the mushrooms for the Yule Log. I didn’t make them into mushrooms though and they were not dipped in chocolate. For the recipe go here.

To assemble:
Scoop pie filling out and place in the bowl of a standing mixer. Using a paddle attachment, beat until smooth. It will seem liquid like. That is okay, you want it to form more of a glaze then a filling.
Place Graham Genoise round on plate. Spoon or pipe filling over cake.
Garnish with crushed meringues and sweetened shredded coconut.


  1. Oh Yummy!! You never cease to amaze me! My pie looks relatively simple next to your beautiful creation! Well done! You certainly came up with something unique and I am in awe of your talents!

  2. oh sounds good! way to combine the contributions of a powerhouse pastry chef trifecta! :)

  3. Delicious! You are always very creative and make gorgeous looking things!



  4. Brilliant! I love your idea! Cute little things!

  5. You can always come up with these kind of repeaters dear Pea. From you they are always scrumptious to the last bite.

  6. Wow! Just wow, what a great idea!
    Ulrike from Küchenlatein

  7. Love this interpretation. Great job!

  8. Score for a pacman reference! Very creative way to get around doing key lime pie twice!

  9. I love the cake idea! Brilliant!

  10. I love the cake idea! Here in Florida, Key Lime Pie is something you have to have really every summer. But I get tired of having the same things all the time.

    I love this idea of a Key Like Pie Cake version. I’ll have to try this.

  11. Never would have come up with using the filling as a glaze. D loves key lime pie so much that I bet he’d go wild over using it on a cake! You are so frigging brilliant.

  12. Your cake/ghost/pies are really creative, good work!

  13. Lovely! What a wonderful way to enjoy all the flavor components. You are amazing!

  14. Girl I don’t know how you do what you do but you definetly have a unique creative mind that makes us all think out side the box!! You continue to amaze us, thank you for stopping by!

  15. Great interpretation of the recipe! Thank you for the birthday wishes :)

  16. OK, could you kick any more a@#????? You are so dang amazing!!! My hero!


  17. These look amazing! You are sooo creative! Hx

  18. very creative! I love it!

  19. Yes to pacman!

  20. pie, cake, what’s in a name?! these little cuties look great! always love what you come up with for TWD!

  21. yum! Great job! As always your pics have my mouth watering!

  22. ha..haa.. they do look like ghosts but they look yummy none the less. I’ve said this before but you do have a knack making the gooey stuff look so appetizing!

  23. Ooo what an excellent twist. I’ve been really wanting to try a graham cake (though I was thinking of making smore cupcakes).

  24. Ah yes, you DID just make a Key Lime Pie… but hey, I KNEW you’d come up with an innovative dessert to avoid monotony, yet still follow the theme for this most recent Tuesday’s with Dorie event. Looove the sound (and looks!) of that Graham Cake with Florida Key Lime Pie Glaze (and yes, they do look like ghosts, haha!).

  25. I have sent you an award, ’cause I think you are uber-talented….
    Check my site for details.

  26. Your interpretation of this pie is amazing! I wish I was as creative as you! Your creations never cease to amaze me!

  27. Great idea!

  28. Looks delicious!! Great job.

  29. The graham genoise was a great idea! I’ve been holding onto a recipe for a cake that uses finely crushed graham crackers, but haven’t gotten around to making it. Your recipe sounds better.

  30. This looks like such a fantastic idea and sounds amazing!

  31. I dunno, I think the deconstructed pie looks cool – or maybe it just photographs well.

  32. i love the deconstruct…hahaha…does that mean i look fat in my jeans?!?!

    fab idea…cake with glaze.

  33. Very creative! And the bit about “mean boys who say DO say you look fat in those jeans” made me laugh out loud!

  34. Is that some kind of baking blasphemy to turn a pie into a cake? Thats like calling a muffin a cupcake right? haha. Me tease. Love your cake-pie. Looks divine.
    Clara @ I♥food4thought

  35. I love any dessert with graham crackers. What can I say? I’m a big kid at heart.

    And coconut? Ah, yes. That makes it grownup. Very clever, Peabody.

  36. yummmm~! Looks so great. I love that soft yellow color too. So pretty for a spring dessert.

  37. You are a rock star!!! Your non-pies look scrumptious!

  38. I love how creative you got with this! It looks like a wonderful combination of recipes. Beautiful job as always!

  39. What can I say. Everything you do is excellent!

  40. I am super stoked to try out your version, sounds so yummy!

  41. Oh, I like all the different textures :). I think I’d actually prefer this to the pie any day!

  42. What a clever way to tweak the recipe! It looks just lovely!

  43. every week I am amazed at your creativity and ingenuity. You did it again! It looks amazing!

  44. Sounds perfectly wonderful! I laughed about the Pacman ghosts — it’s true! hehe. I feel the same away about deconstructs.

  45. Very creative! And yes..they do remind me of the pac man ghosts!! Too funny

  46. How beautiful and creative! Love the pacman ghosts!

  47. Your idea looks lovely and delish. I think I would prefer this to the original, much lighter.

  48. Cute idea!

  49. This is a very elegant plating to a great dish! Your up close and personal shot is sooooo drool worthy! It’s getting late here in California and I should get to bed, but your post has made my stomach grumble! Time for a quick 2am snack!

  50. Yummy!


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