Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Yes, I'll Have Another Slice, Thankyou

Now this is PIE!

This pie is sooooooo good! The Mister and I each had two pieces last night and we're watching each other out of the corner of our eyes today in case he or I should mosey on past the fridge with a fork in our hands.

Here's the deal on sour orange pie - you need sour orange juice which is hard to come by. You either need to lop off the top of your orange tree - which is grafted to native orange stock and wait for the root stock to grow into a tree or drive to a fruit market in Miami, or buy a bottle of sour orange juice.

The brand to look for is Goya and it is sold in the ethnic foods section. The bottle says Bitter Orange Marinade. It's got nothing but seville orange juice in it though. No marinade seasonings. So buy it if you can find it. Buy two. You can make the most delicious marinades for fish, shrimp, chicken and pork with this stuff.

I promised you the pie recipe and here it is:


Sour Orange Pie

1 Pie crust shell , baked according to instructions in 9 or 10 inch pie plate and cooled
4 extra large eggs - separated
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed mild (not evaporated)
1/2 cup sour orange juice (or 1/2 cup Key lime juice for Key lime pie)
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar (preferably natural Florida crystals)
Filling: Beat egg yolks and condensed milk until creamy, fold in juice. Fill the baked pie shell with the mixture.
Meringue: Preheat oven to 375. Beat the egg whites to a medium peak. Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat. Slowly ass the sugar and beat until the mixture is stiff. Spread the meringue over the pie, sealing it to the crust. Bake until golden brown, about five minutes. Cool in refrigerator for an hour or so before serving.

The orange pie is very delicately flavored as opposed to the key lime pie. Key limes, native to the Florida Keys are small, round and thin skinned. They are very sour and make a nice tart filling.

Tourist Version of Key Lime Pie

You may have enjoyed the more common version of Key lime pie - with the graham cracker crust and whipped cream on top. Making pies this way is a convenience thing - it's not the real original genuine perfection in a pie shell Key lime pie. It's the tourist version.

Key Lime Juice

Speaking of tourists - don't bother to come down here for a few days. It's getting cold here too. The Mister and I are bringing my orchids into the house this afternoon. It's going down to 39 tonight and won't be much warmer at night for at least 3 days. Brrrr. I can't imagine being in those 40 below zero places! I did my time in the cold north too, ya know. I kicked ice off my well wells, and shovelled snow and spun around on black ice.

Stay warm and toasty my dear bloggy friends of the North! And make a pie.


LarryG said...

oh i want one - please invite me for sour orange pie, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please!!!!!!!!!!

MuseSwings said...

Come on down, LarryG - the porch light's on.

lmerie said...

Allright, Will have to try this - I have seen the goya items, but not paid too much attention to. You have shed light on a new product! May they send you a case!

soulbrush said...

we know it as lemon meringue pie...omg i am actually salivating here. i would give my left arm for a piece right now....

Shellmo said...

I would like 2 slices to go w/ my cappucino please!

Martha said...

I officially adore you for posting these recipes, thank you, thank you!! Goya products are very easy to find, but the Key Lime juice will be a challenge to find in California.

Betsy said...

I've seen the Goya at Trader Joes! It looks delish! We're in the single digits here with snow falling all day! (Ohio) Brrrr! Yes, a pie would be just the thing to warm us up.

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

OMG that looks good! [drool, wiping off computer screen] I do love Oranges, having grown up in Titusville with our own orchard (really). We also had Grapefruit trees, but ya gotta be some kinda weird to eat that stuff. [tee hee]
It's funny when I saw the Goya the first time, I thought you were making adult beverages. I am SO THERE!!
Stay warm y'all! :o) ♥ ∞

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

You are talking about my all time favorite pies here. An original Key lime pie is the "gold standard" of pies. Alas, here I reside in southeast Georgia, many miles away from the real thing. Let's board the dogs Sparky, we're headin' to the Keys.
Wiregrass Steve

dAwN said...

I am very sick and the Dr. said the only thing that will make me better is a slice of Sour Orange Pie...tee hee

nanatrish said...

Key Lime Pie get behind me! I will be strong and eat my Sugar Free Jello. Drool drool

Cheeky Greek said...

Yum! Wanna send me a piece? I can't leave my albino cave.

larkspur said... I have to go out in minus 25 degrees for a trip to the market for Goya to make that sour orange pie;}

steviewren said...

Pull the quilts out of the closet tonight Muse. You and the Mister will need them!

MuseSwings said...

We polished off the last of that wonderful pie this evening! Shared it with Jason who was kind enough to come over and help us bring the orchids indoors - looks like they'll be in here with us for several days. Brrr from the Sunshine State!

Got my quilt out, Stevie Wren.

That damn expat said...

It's morning and I'm hungry after seeing those pictures. That says a lot.

Nihal said...

Oh, looks like so yummy...!
But let us know Cynthia how much calories does this pie have so I shall dream about it or stop reading this delish post -remember it's only a few mths ahead of us for summer & I'm in good plans:)

MuseSwings said...

Nihal - I'm pretty sure it has no calories whatsoever. I'll just have another piece and see if anything bad happens to my hips.

Bibi said...

Yum and slurp. This all looks soooo good. I have a kilo of lemons sitting on my kitchen counter waiting to be made into a lemon meringue pie or two.

By the way, how does one change the word 'comments' into something else, like your '...amusing Muses spake'?

marianne said...

Oh oh this looks delicious!
Unfortunately I´m on a diet......

Cassoulet Cafe said...

That looks great!!!

Blicky Kitty said...

Oh yummmayyy! You're shamelessly subverting my New Year's resolve! It's a balmy 19 degrees here in MA.

Renee said...

That looked so delicious. A pie worth fighting with forks over.

Love Renee