Week 24: The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie

This past Friday was my a cappella group’s annual “Keybaret” which is basically a cabaret where we all sing whatever we want and throw in a few a cappella songs for good measure. It was an especially momentous occasion because three of our longest-standing members are leaving the group, and this was their last performance. It was an incredible evening filled with beautiful music, but bittersweet, so I decided to bring along a pie to emphasize the sweet part!

What’s Inside: Pretzels, egg, key lime juice, tequila, triple sec, sweetened condensed milk

“Pro” tips:

1) Although my pretzel crust looked pretty, it was a bit of a mess in practice. Perhaps using a bit of extra butter would have done the trick to help it stay together. Everybody definitely got pretzel with their piece, but there was also a layer of pretzel leftover in my pie dish at the end of the night.

2) I had a stroke of punny genius at work last week when I remembered I still had a Key Lime Pie to make and my a cappella group is called The Lost Keys. Then, my friend challenged me to make an actual key for the top, so I couldn’t help myself. My first attempt was beautiful, but unfortunately got stuck to the pan and broke (it was also too long for the pie). My second attempt did the trick. If you want to do something similar, I just free-style carved this with a knife and some extra dough I had. Use some egg wash on top and plop it on a baking sheet alongside your pie. It probably only needs 10-15 minutes. Just keep an eye on it!

3) I had some struggles getting that pretty curl for the lime zest like pictured in the book. I tried every kind of grater I have, but it still wasn’t right. Get a citrus zester. Also, the recipe calls for lemon zest on top but pictures lime zest. I went with lime because it just made more sense.

What Baking Can Do:

This pie was the perfect post-show treat for all of my a cappella friends. Everyone loved that it was slightly boozy (it was a long night and we were heading to the bar anyway) and, of course, the special decorations I added. I was told by two people that they thought it was delicious even though they don’t normally like Key Lime Pie. Success! Proud of my singers, proud of my pie. Time for some rest.

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