Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Put the lime in the coconut...

Came across this recipe for a frozen strawberry margarita pie recently and since I love margaritas and the temperatures have been crazy here, I decided to give it a whirl. I was determined to do the crust in a spring form pan to make it look pretty but it was a huge pain in the arse. If I was in a time jam...I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a premade crust from the supermarket.

(Forgive the harsh shadows, we don't have the best lighting in apartmentville)
I was very generous with the tequila and since you don't bake the sucker, whew...nice buzz off a few slices of cool pie. It made for a good time at the beach house when I brought it. It's super simply and very yummy.
Strawberry Margarita Pie
For the crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup sugar
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
For the filling:
2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
6 tbsp. tequila
1/4 cup triple sec
3 tbsp. fresh lime juice
Zest of one lime
2 cups heavy cream
For garnish:Fresh strawberries
Lime slices or wedges
To make the crust, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Butter the parchment, as well as the sides of the springform. In a medium bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Add the melted butter and toss with a fork until well combined. Transfer the mixture to the springform pan and evenly cover the sides and bottom of the pan with crumbs (use the bottom of a ramekin to even the bottom crust). Bake in the preheated oven for 13-15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the filling, combine the strawberries, sugar, condensed milk, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and lime zest in the bowl of a food processor. Process until completely smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Transfer to a large bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream on high speed until stiff peaks form. Add one third of the whipped cream to the puree and gently fold in with a rubber spatula. Stir in the remaining cream.
Pour the filling into the crust, cover, and freeze until firm at least overnight. To remove the springform sides, wrap a towel soaked in hot water around the outside of the pan for 10-15 seconds. Carefully remove the sides of the pan. Before serving, garnish with fresh strawberries and lime slices as desired. To serve, slice with a hot, dry sharp knife, wiping the blade between slices.

1 comment:

Amber Marie said...

I'm cracking up at your idea of "generous" after seeing how you make a cocktail and then make a sourpuss face when you taste a drop of alcohol. You're funny.