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Americana Key Lime Pie

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Servings: 6
Categories: Desserts / Pies & Pastries

1  tablespoon  Unflavored gelatin (1 env.)
4    Egg whites
1/2  cup  Sugar
1/2  cup  Sugar
1/4  teaspoon  Salt
1  cup  Heavy cream, whipped
4    Egg yolks
1    9-in baked pastry shell
1/2  cup  Lime juice
    Pistachio nuts, chopped
1/4  cup  Water
    Lime slices for garnish
1  teaspoon  Grated lime peel
    Heavy cream, whipped, to top
    Few drops green food color

Thoroughly mix gelatin, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt in saucepan. Beat together egg yolks, lime juice, and water; stir into gelatin mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat just till mixture comes to boiling. Remove from heat; stir in grated peel. Add food coloring sparingly to tint pale green. Chill, stirring occasionally, until the mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon. Beat egg whites till soft peaks form; gradually add 1/2 c sugar, beating to stiff peaks. Fold gelatin mixture into egg whites. Fold in whipped cream. Pile into cooled baked pastry shell. Chill till firm. Spread with more whipped cream; edge with grated lime peel. Sprinkle chopped pistachio nuts in center. Garnish with thinly sliced lime placed in whipped cream mounds around edge of pie. Source: Better Homes & Gardens Dessert Cookbook. "A spectacular from the famous Miami hotel!"

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