In honor of this mathematic delight, I thought I'd share the recipe for my Famous (to at least 31 some odd people. And I mean odd.) Key Lime Pie recipe. Why key lime? Well, following up on the heels of Pi day is none other than St. Patrick's Day. So now you'll have something green...at least on your insides. You may just want to read the recipe for kicks and giggles as well, for what is a pie recipe without commentary?
4 teaspoons grated lime zest
1/2 cup lime juice from 3 to 4 limes
4 large egg yolks
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
Graham Cracker Coconut Crust
8 graham crackers, crushed to fine crumbs
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 pinches salt
Meringue (because whip cream is for the lazy) Topping
8 eggs whites
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
lime zest garnish
Heat oven to 325
1. For the Filling: Whisk zest and yolks in medium bowl until tinted light green, about 2 minutes. And by light green I do not mean the chartreuse-green of your 1987 Zebraclub t-shirt. Don't put filth that color in your mouth please. Now beat in milk, then juice; set aside at room temperature to thicken.
2. For the Crust: Mix crumbs, coconut, salt and sugar in medium bowl. Add butter and mix with fingers until well blended. Press mixture into 9-inch pie pan to form even crust. Bake until golden about 15 minutes. Let cool about 20 minutes. Go stare at your filling again. It should be thickened. Isn't chemistry cool? At least that's what my high school chemistry teacher tried to tell me. Nice try, Mr. Ramey, nice try.
3. Pour now thickened filling into cooled crust; bake until center is set. 15 to 17 minutes. It can wiggle - just a little bit, just like the "2 In A Room's" 80's hit.
4. For Meringue: Yes. That's totally how you spell it. I know it looks like we should pronounce it "mer-ing-you-ee," but there's no accounting for the French.
Beat egg whites and vanilla until frothy - like your Aunt Tilly after two drinks. Beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time until whites forms soft peaks -like the clouds a pegasus would live on. Think about your old My Little Pony collection and try to recall what a unicorn and pegasus combined was called. Continue to beat meringue into submissive stiff glossy peaks.