My new phase these days is all about key lime pies. Today I am sharing a new idea of a recipe making a key lime pie with matcha green tea. This all started after our trip to New Orleans in December….
I have made key lime pies before, and started making them out of curiosity to learn more about lime pies, and that is how I discovered what key limes were anyhow… I know a lot about Russian cities, but learning about the Keys was something new for me I learned about just about 7 years ago or so. I never knew there were Florida Keys which are actually warm islands, and that they have some special limes growing there called key limes. I think the first time I have heard about key lime pies was on Food Network, and that was a while ago, but the pie seemed so simple to make!
Then I found some recipes, and being the typical lazy me I was looking for an easy pie, and found a key lime pie with something close to 4 ingredients, using a store-bought crust. I have tried making the recipe a couple of times, and the pies always came out divine! I think I actually used regular limes, and a store-bought crust was such a time saver.
In New Orleans a few weeks ago we ate at a restaurant, and my family ordered their key lime pie. I was not impressed at first, when they just ordered, and wondered what good would a key lime pie be like in NOLA. Was I ever wrong!?! This was one of the best pies I have ever had in my lifetime! The trick to the pie was making a homemade crust!
So, I have vowed right there and then, at the restaurant, to make a key lime pie first thing I get home, and try out making my own crust, find actual key limes, and go at it. And I did! Making the crust homemade makes all of the difference!
The pie that I ended up making was actually a combination of 2 recipes – we first made the crust using one recipe, and then made the filling using the other.
Today I have decided to kick it up a bit, adding a secret ingredient. At that same New Orleans it was fun going out and eating out, and at John Besh’s flagship restaurant my family had green tea ice-cream. I have heard about adding matcha green tea to a variety of dishes, and I have tried making a Starbucks copycat frappuccino drink with matcha tea on my blog before, as well as made a matcha tea cupcakes. So, my experimentation today went around adding matcha green tea to my special homemade key lime pie recipe!
Why adding matcha tea to an already perfect recipe? Lots of reasons! I have been trying out Green Root Matcha Tea, and it is an excellent quality matcha green tea, with a distinct flavor profile, rich in antioxidants. I find that my key lime pie tastes great with all of the yummy ingredients I put into it, but it could use a more vibrant color, and matcha green tea certainly adds just that to your dish! You will be happy to serve this key lime pie with matcha green tea to any special occasion.
This matcha green tea by Green Root is an all natural and organic stone ground Tencha green tea. Due to the fact that matcha green tea is the actual leaf that you are getting consumed, it is important to remember about a medium amount of caffeine in matcha tea – this adds a boost of focus and energy, but should be kept in mind for late-night consumption.
This matcha green tea by Green Root is perfect for this baking activity – it is a high quality grade A matcha tea, slightly sweet in flavor – so perfect for this pie!
Here is the recipe – enjoy!
- 1⅕ cups of graham crackers, crushed up
- 6 tbsp of unsalted butter, melted
- ¼ tsp of cinnamon
- ⅓ cups of sugar
- 2 cans of condensed milk
- ⅔ cups of fresh lime juice (juice a bag of key limes, they often come pre-packaged in stores)
- ⅓ cups of sour cream (I used a non-dairy one by Green Valley Organics)
- ½ tsp of matcha green tea (or more for color and more robust flavor)
- 2 tsp of lime zest
- Mix the ingredients for the crust. Use your pie dish, and form your crust by hand. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 minutes. Take the crust out and let it cool down.
- Mix the ingredients for the filling. Use a spatula for mixing, and you may vary the amount of zest and matcha green tea for color, if you prefer to add a bit more. Pour the filling in the cool pie shell, and bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Chill the pie to room temperature, and serve. You may serve it with whipped cream, if you like. Store in the fridge.
This is a sponsored post. Sample of matcha tea was provided free of charge for testing.