Tuesday, August 25, 2009

TWD - Creamiest Lime & Mango Cream Pie


This seems to be a recurring refrain here, but when will I learn?

I was lazing around before work, enjoying my coffee, and a thought snuck into my reverie:

"Why don't I make a teeny little lime cream pie. It will be fun. And easy. Let's just check the recipe and see if it's doable."

And we're off...

I have these cute mini pie pans that I've been dying to use, so I figured I'd make 1/4 of the recipe (the math was easy enough for 6 AM). It all went well until the blending part. Putting a full recipe of the lemon cream in the blender was enough of an adventure. Putting 1/4 of the lime cream...I don't think so. My brilliant (I thought) work around was to use my smoothie blender. Uh, no. The lime cream nestled at the bottom below the blade. So I went to the smallest tool in the blending arsenal, the mini chopper. I used my smallest spatula to get it all in there, and it worked! A benefit of the mini chopper was the motor is on top so it didn't heat up the cream while I blended it. The downside is you can't push a button and walk away.

1/4 of the recipe produced a lot less lime cream than I needed, so I went with Dorie's playing around suggestion of incorporating mango, but I just put it on the top. I hadn't added enough butter to my crust, so I was getting crumbs sticking to everything that touched them. Mango just jumps out of my hands and this was no exception. I had carefully measured eyeballed how much I would need to artfully cover the lime cream, but forgetting to use my knife to transfer it to the pie, it all slithered out of my hand and landed all over the board. So now you have the less than artful arrangement of mango on top of this poor little pie.

Even so, this was a huge hit. The tartness of the lime with the sweetness of the mango was perfect. M. loved it, and he requested I make the full recipe next time. I don't think I'd change a thing since it was so perfect with the mango.

This week's recipe was selected by Linda at Tender Crumb. If you'd like the recipe, she'll have it posted today.

******PLEASE NOTE: Lethally Delicious is on hiatus for the month of Ramadan. While I have a couple of posts that I completed in advance (like this one), I will be staying away from active blogging. If you leave me a comment, I will try to stop by and visit you. I'll be back around Sept. 20th, reenergized and ready to make bigger and better messes in the kitchen. Peace.

17 comments:

natalia said...

Great !!!

Jennifer said...

What a great combo!!!

vibi said...

ALthough I don't like mangoes... I'm sure a lot of people woudl thing those flavors must marry very well, so... good for you to be so creative! Nicely done, Leslie!

Megan said...

I made 1/4th of the recipe too! Only I skipped the crust - but it looks terrific with the mango.

Erin said...

I think those flavors sound wonderful together! Nice job.

pinkstripes said...

Your pie looks good with the mango. I'm glad it was a success for you.

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Love it and I love mangos!

TeaLady said...

They are slippery little fruits, aren't they.

But like we always say - IT's the taste that counts, and I bet it tasted great!!

bakingwiththeboys said...

I loved the bit about the crumbs. As my desserts are always less than artful, I could feel your pain. The taste is what counts, right?

Katrina said...

Great little tart/pie!
Enjoy your bloggy break!

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from Cathy's to say hi!

Gabe's Girl said...

See you when you get back! Nice note to leave on. Great job!

jillbert said...

It looks great with the mango! Tiny amounts can really be a challenge.

Enjoy your reenergizing break.

margot said...

Looks yummy with the mango on top! I only made a quarter recipe too and this is one where I really want more. I envy your mini chopper, but I have to choose what I clutter my kitchen with carefully.

Cathy said...

Oh, I bet the mango complemented the lime perfectly! This looks incredible - glad it was a hit!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

I've used my mini chopper for a tiny bit of pastry crust and it worked perfectly for that, too! Your mini is adorable (I think I have the same little pie pans) and sounds delicious with that wily mango perched on top.

Linda said...

Next time, I've gotta include mango--- your mini pie looks scrumptious!

Thanks for baking along with me this week!