Step into a world of culinary enchantment as we unveil a truly extraordinary creation—the Butterfly Pea Flower Pie! Prepare to be captivated by its whimsical beauty and tantalized by its delightful flavors. This pie is a true masterpiece, showcasing the vibrant hues and enchanting qualities of the Butterfly Pea Flower.
This is my take on key lime pie—the classic flavor you love, left plain or enhanced with glorious colorant dust. The citrine tart sits inside a salty graham crust. The whole eggs and condensed milk paired with tart citrus juice (usually lime or lemon) leads to balanced flavors and a perfect custard texture.
Always taste a touch of the custard before baking; not all citrus is made equally, so the custard may be too sweet. You can add a touch more lime juice to balance the flavors. Serve with whipped cream to take this dessert over the top.
Serving size: one 9-inch tart
1½ packs (6.35 oz/180g) gluten free or regular graham crackers
5 tablespoons (50g) packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons (43g) unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons (43g) coconut oil, melted
Note on cookie crumbs: Most types of cookies will work to make this crust—gluten-free graham crackers, gingersnaps, butter cookies are some favorites. You’ll want about 1 1/2 cups of crumbs.
One 15-ounce can (375g) organic sweetened condensed milk
2 large eggs at room temperature
1/2 cup (118g) fresh lime juice (see Note)
1 tablespoon lime zest, to match the juice
1 tablespoon butterfly pea powder
for blue, raspberry and beet powder for red or pink, or turmeric for yellow
Handful of edible white daisy flowers with stems-- about 10 to 20 fresh blooms
1. Place the graham crackers in a food processor and process into crumbs. Add the brown sugar and salt and pulse a few times, until thoroughly mixed.
2. Pour the crumb mixture into a medium bowl, then pour in the melted coconut oil and butter, and stir together until a paste forms.
3. Spray a 9-inch tart pan or pie plate with nonstick spray, then line it with a circle of parchment paper on the bottom. Spray the parchment paper and sides of the tart pan or pie plate as well.
4. Pat the graham cracker mixture evenly into the prepared pie pan along the bottom and up the sides. Freeze for at least 20 minutes and up to several hours.
5. If you want to toast the crust, preheat the oven to 350°F (see Note).
6. When ready to bake, remove the crust from the freezer, line it with parchment paper, and pour in pie weights (or raw black beans) so that the crust holds its shape while baking.
7. Set the crust on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the top is slightly browned and starts to smell fragrant.
8. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes or so. You can shorten the cooling time by putting the pan back into the freezer while you prepare the filling. (The crust can be made weeks in advance; just keep the baked or unbaked crust in a zip-top bag in the freezer and bake in a 350°F oven for 8 minutes for a baked crust and 12 minutes for an unbaked crust. Let cool for 30 minutes.)
Lower the oven temperature to 325°F.
1. To make the filling, in a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until combined, then pour in the sweetened condensed milk and mix thoroughly. Add the citrus zest, juice and butterfly pea powder and stir until completely combined.
2. Pour the filling into the crust and place the crust on a sheet pan. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the custard looks set. If you jiggle the pan, the middle of the custard should move like Jell- O.
3. Let cool at room temperature for 1 hour, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours to overnight. The colder the pie is, the easier it is to slice. Just remember to remove the parchment paper under the crust before serving. Use a hot knife for slicing.