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Key lime pie

with thanks to Avneet Dulai

Ingredients

For the base

•          175g/6oz digestive biscuits

•          80g/3oz butter

•          50g/2oz caster sugar

For the filling

•          3 large free-range eggs, separated

•          2 limes, finely grated zest

•          125ml/4½fl oz lime juice

•          210ml/7½fl oz condensed milk

•          80g/3oz caster sugar

•          ½ tsp vanilla extract

•          pinch salt

•          ½ tsp cream of tartar

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

2. For the base, finely crush the biscuits by placing into a plastic bag and bashing with a rolling pin. Transfer to a mixing bowl.

3. Melt the butter in a saucepan, then pour over the biscuit crumbs. Add the sugar, then mix well to combine. Evenly spread the biscuit mixture in a 23cm/9in pie case, making sure to cover the sides of the tin as well. Level off any excess biscuit mixture.

4. You need 3 separate bowls for this step                    

Separate the eggs.

For the filling, whisk the egg yolks in a bowl until pale and fluffy. In a separate bowl, whisk together the lime zest, lime juice and condensed milk until smooth and creamy, then mix into the egg yolk mixture. Pour the mixture into the pie case.

5. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed from the bowl. Gradually fold in the sugar, vanilla extract, salt and cream of tartar, then whisk again until stiff peaks form. Spoon the meringue mixture over the filling in the pie case, using a fork to form the meringue into peaks.

6. Bake the pie in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the meringue is golden-brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Place into the fridge to chill completely before serving.

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